Our family of five (Mom, Dad, 2 sons - 21 & 23 and daughter - 17) are heading to Vieques for the first time in early August. Arriving in San Juan on a Thursday evening and staying two nights at Caleta 64. Going to explore the old city and flying out on VAL for a week long stay at Vista dos Mares. Wranger rented at Maritza's and ready for this adventure.
Places we've been and love include St. John, Akumal/Tulum and Zihuatanejo/Troncones. We like to explore and our daily routine is to hit a beach early and stay until bugged out. Our rental includes beach chairs, coolers and the like but no mention of an umbrella. First concern is finding, bringing or building shade. I've read Curt's (?) blog about building shelter which sounds interesting. Understand there are some cabanas on Red or Caracas Beach if you get there early. Also want to visit Blue, Silver (Playa Plata?) and Navio (boogie boarding?). ANY advice on how to find some shade much appreciated. Gonna feel stupid if there is a lot of natural shade after asking this!
Our must do's include the Biobay and Little Boat Sailing. The lunar calendar indicates there will be a new moon during our trip with 0.2% illumination. So, that would be a good time to go?
Sounds like you can spend a lot of money dining out especially for a group of five. Our preference would be to eat breakfast in, pick up sandwiches for the beach, hit the Malecon for some sightseeing and drinks and spend happy hour at the villa. I understand fresh fish is available and would love to grill but not sure about how to procure. Another uniformed question is can fish be purchased ready to grill? Any and all techniques on doing so are appreciated.
Sandwiches for beach - Sol (when open) and La Viequence Deli and ?
Special dinners for two - open for recommendations.
My firstborn speaks fluent Spanish which has come in very handy on other trips so not afraid of any language barrier. To the extent possible, we want to experience the "local" way of life on Vieques and would like to hear other's stories in this regard.
Are there any items to purchase in San Juan? With a washer/dryer at the villa we plan to travel light as possible and carry-on. Not trying to overanalyze this trip as I'm sure but have found this forum to be very informative so any responses are much appreciated.