After a couple of nights in Old San Juan, we headed to Vieques for some beach time. The island has many beaches with silky, white sand and teal, clear water. If you just want to soak up the sun and splash in the waves, this is the place for you. We reserved a place with a kitchen and ate many meals in. Here's a view of the palms, pool, and ocean from our condo.
The restaurants were a little unpredicatable in Vieques, with some recent closings and hours not as advertised. However, I highly recommend El Quenepo. In fact, we ate there twice. Here are our cocktails one visit, a lemongrass, ginger infused cocktail (I was not expecting the shocking blue!) and a housemade sangria. Unfortunately, no shots of our delicious meals as it was dark by the time we ate.
El Quenepo's menu is extensive and you can request a vegan version of many dishes. We had a delicious appetizer of lettuce-wrapped glass noodles with pickled carrots, basil, nuts, and a chile jam for dipping. I had a delicious salad of organic greens, red and yellow cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, marinated onions, and balsamic vinaigrette with grilled bread on the side. One night I had an entree of pita, hummus, Mediterranean eggplant, and salad. Another night I had a pasta in coconut curry sauce with shiitake mushrooms and bell peppers. I'm getting hungry just remembering it. A great vacation, plus lots of ideas for dishes to re-create at home.