Cayo Afuera

Island in Vieques

A popular place to journey is the islet of Cayo Afuera, an uninhabited pinprick of land a few hundred meters across the bay from Playa Esperanza. It is part of the Mosquito Bay Reserve and many intrepid locals swim here (not advisable unless you're a strong swimmer and are visible to passing boats); others kayak to it on their own or on organized tours. There's great snorkeling here, both under the ruined pier and on the ocean side of the islet where a sunken sailboat languishes beneath the surface.

Antler coral, nurse sharks and manatees have been spotted in the vicinity.