Author: John Robandt (---.ip.mcleodusa.net)
Date: 02-22-12 18:59
Vieques has more nightlife than Culebra, but that's not saying much, as Culebra has virtually none. If your friends want nightlife, they are better off spending more time in San Juan.
I have been to Culebra several times and still don't feel like I've seen it all. There are remote beaches to hike to, isletas to visit, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, and simply relaxing. If flying is within your budget, the airport approach is an experience in itself.
I love Vieques too. If you get there, Island Adventures does a great bio-bay tour and is doing it's best to preserve the island's resources not exploit them. There are wonderful and remote beaches. When the US Navy occupied Vieques many people living there were forcibly removed from their homes and properties. Since few people had land titles, they had no legal recourse. Although the Navy has pulled out, much of the island is still off limits or has been converted to nature preserve. Now Vieques is gentrifying, but too few of the native Viequenses are benefitting from the expansion of tourism and vacation homes, and that breeds some resentment. Having said this, you will also meet some wonderful and welcoming people there. You will find that a little Spanish goes a long way.
Have fun, whatever you decide! John R