Go Green in Vieques, Puerto Rico

Posted August 13, 2009 by Jamie Moore

Pr-vieques-sunset-def Resolved to live greener this year? Start with an affordable trip to this exotic little Spanish Virgin Island. Practically all of Vieques (Vee-EK-ess), a U.S. military practice area until 2003, is now a nature preserve with deserted beaches and bioluminescent bays. Take a dip in glowing waters, eat vegetarian, and sleep in a Zen-like retreat on what Travel + Leisure magazine readers just voted the Top Island in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Bahamas.

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Island Adventures Biobay Eco-Tours: Here's a moonlit swim like none other: Expert guides take you on an ultra-quiet, electric-powered pontoon ride around Mosquito Bay under starry skies. They explain what makes the water glow, point out constellations, and give you a chance to swim in the bay's calm waters. Every move you make stirs up twinkling reminiscent of fairy godmother dreams-come-true.

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Hix Island House: Open-air rooms and outdoor showers are your first clue that you're in for a unique stay. This eco-friendly hotel on the hillside exudes peace and harmony. Solar energy and rainwater collection help guests live gently on the beautiful property, while yoga and meditation classes renew mind, body, and spirit. You can stay at rates starting from $175/night in one of the 13 loft apartments secluded by tropical flowers and trees.

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Bili: The island does casual simplicity well, and Bili is no exception. This favorite local eatery is essentially an upscale Puerto Rican deli. You'll find a good selection of vegetarian choices and good prices. Go for a wrap with garbanzo spread, a fresh yucca salad, or seafood on angel hair pasta. Bili's outside tables are the perfect spot to eat slowly, breathe deeply, and feel good about this year's resolutions.

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(Photo: iStockphoto/Victor Nieves)

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