Few wilderness adventures in the Caribbean can compare with a trip to Isla Mona, a wild, deserted speck in the ocean some 50 miles to the west of the main island. And although few people ever visit Mona, the 14,000-acre island looms large in the imagination. It’s a place where the beauty of limestone caves and turquoise water coexists with the dangers of a rugged environment.
Measuring 21 miles long by 5 miles wide, Vieques is substantially bigger than Culebra and distinctly different in ambience. Though still a million metaphorical miles from the bright lights of the Puerto Rican mainland, the larger population here has meant more choice of accommodations, hipper restaurants and generally more buzz.