I have used Trip Advisor for years to plan our vacations and have always felt confident that the traveler reviews would help me plan the perfect trip. But, I have to say that I wasn't nearly as impressed with Vieques as the majority of people on this forum are. I've debated submitting my review because I don't want to be attacked by people who don't agree with me, but I think that people who are considering visiting Vieques should hear varying opinions.
First, Vieques is definitely not a "touristy" island. I liked that. I enjoyed feeling like we were really being immersed in the way people truly live on the island. There were no tour buses or large tourist crowds which was nice. Certainly, this means that your options for accommodations, car rental, restaurants, etc. aren't as numerous as on other islands, but there are enough choices to meet your needs.
The beaches are beautiful and secluded and you can certainly feel alone in your own slice of paradise. But, you have to work to get to many of the nicer beaches. The holes in the roads leading to the beaches were so huge and they were filled with water when we were there. There were a couple times that our jeep got stuck and I had this "Oh no! Who will come help us?" sickening feeling. The first time we drove through all the holes to get to the beach, we felt like "Wow, this is an exciting journey". After that thrill of that first adventure wore off, we felt like "Good grief, this is a whole lot of work to get to a beach". There were times when we wanted to take a quick trip to the beach, but getting there was such a hassle that we couldn't take a "quick trip". We had to plan to go to the beach and make sure we had enough time to stay a while and make it worth the effort.
Finally, I have to say something about the horses. They are EVERYWHERE! They are up close and personal, not far off in some field in the distance. Now, I"m going to mention something that I haven't seen mentioned on the forum. Horse poop! It's EVERYWHERE too! You are literally driving around piles of horse poop on the road. There are piles of horse poop at some of the beaches. For me, it really detracted from the beauty of the island. Also, all of the dogs roaming around the island were a bit too much for me. They walk in and out of some of the restaurants which I didn't care for. I'm sure that some people love being so close to the animals, but it just isn't my thing.
We enjoyed our time in Vieques. After spending a year planning our trip, I wasn't going to let anything spoil it. But, I will not return to Vieques and I would not recommend it to others. i have enjoyed trips to Kauai and Aruba much more. Also, we loved Old San Juan.