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Vieques or Anguilla

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Vieques or Anguilla

We love Anguilla but looking to try somewhere a bit easier to get to in

February 2012. Vieques has always interested us. Anyone been to both that can compare the beaches.

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The beaches in Anguilla are far superior but Vieques won't disappoint you since it is still consider best beaches in the world. Go for it!

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Vieques & Anguilla are as different as night & day. In my experience, all the islands in the Caribbean (at last count I'd been to twenty plus) have unique qualities making comparisons a little murky, but I'll try.

Vieques is a sleepy little island, very laid-back and funky, no pretense.

The island has a long Spanish history evident by the predominant language, culture and historical fort.

There is only one major resort here & compared to those on Anguilla it's miniscule, although very well-appointed and a great place for a sunset drink.

The departure of the Navy left Vieques with the largest green space in the Caribbean.

Any two places on the island are separated by a twenty-twenty-five minute drive at most.

There are two main towns - Isabel II on the north coast & Esperanza on the south and quaint barrios in between.

Oh, wait. You wanted to know about the beaches? There are 40, 'nuff said?

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You should try Vieques if you are a nature lover. It is not as "fabulous", and you will see trash, stray dogs, and have to watch where you put your valuables (just don't bring any) but the beaches are fantastic and varied. The island is more lush and green than Anguilla and the bio bay is spectacular. You can rent a house with a pool and views for much less (casa cumbre!). If you like to eat, you'll find the choices aren't as many, but you can get a good meal. The beach bar party scene is not as strong, but there are a few places in Esperanza. And of course there is Al's Mar Azul in Isabela.

I really loved Anguilla, and I really, really love Vieques. It's more of an adventure. Either way, you can't go wrong.

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After 18 vacations on Anguilla, we decided to visit Vieques last November. It's beaches are probably not as nice as Meads Bay but they are really nice, I think it compares to St. John where beaches like Hawsksnest, Solomon and Honeymoon are the way they were 30 years ago, same with Vieques, since the Navy left a few years ago, it's as pristine as it was in the 50's. We stayed at the W and had a great vacation, returning this Nov!!!

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