Before we began hosting guests at Malecón House, we owned our own charter yacht service and later built high-end villas on St. Barths. Although we enjoyed the changing scenery of our life, we were ready to settle down and take care of people in a new way.
Searching for the perfect place to live and host others was not an easy task. The Caribbean has many options for islanders and tourists alike and we have visited most and lived on many. Sure that we wanted to avoid overcrowded seaside cities and beaches full of all-inclusive resorts, we found Vieques, our beautiful 52 square mile island, just ten miles off the main island of Puerto Rico, but miles away from the over-developed island scape.
We were attracted to Vieques because of its beauty, the uniqueness of the bio bay and a special 20,000 acres of land & beaches that will always be protected by the U.S. Federal Fish & Wildlife department. No building on them: just raw, natural beauty – the essence of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
After living in the Caribbean for over 30 years it was so refreshing to find an island that still had its own distinct character and was not a clone of everywhere else. No strip development, no fast food chains, no stoplights! An island of small charismatic inns & restaurants and friendly locals, many of whom speak English and have returned to the island after a sojourn in the States, also made Vieques, Puerto Rico an attractive option. Open spaces, very green vegetation, big trees, the ever-changing landscape is great for walking, biking, swimming and scuba/snorkeling. With a thousand foot hill to climb, long empty beaches to walk and a myriad of tiny to large beaches to explore it makes an ideal destination for those who desire a combination of relaxing on the beach and adventures in nature. In Vieques, 90% of our beaches are protected and not built upon, meaning you are free to roam and discover many miles of our coasts.
Being a small island off the larger island of Puerto Rico means Vieques keeps its identity and makes it a little more difficult to reach. In other words, we don’t attract the all-inclusive traveler, rather the person who wants a more individual, personal experience and a laid-back vacation and way of life. We always have the big island of Puerto Rico for the ‘high life’ and shopping but it’s good to be able to keep it at arms length. We have the best of both worlds in Vieques and we hope you can join us soon!