Have you heard about Vieques, Puerto Rico, or as many Puerto Ricans know this island, Isla Nina, Little Girl Island? It’s a small island located 8-miles east of the main island of Puerto Rico. It is commercially accessible by water ferry leaving from Ceiba. Fly there from San Juan International airport or the smaller local airport of Isla Grande. English and Spanish are both widely spoken on Vieques.
No, not Ohio where it’s pronounced toe-lee-doe, but Spain where it’s pronounced toe-lay-doe. Toledo is a UNESCO World Heritage city so there is a lot to see and really deserves more than the few hours we spent.
Shops stocked with beautiful handicrafts made by local artists line the main streets of Tulum Mexico. You can spend hours wandering through tiendas (shops) searching for that unique gift item to take home. There are also plenty of synthetic, artificial, and machine-made look-alikes. If you don’t know what to look for, you may end up with a collection of imitations made from cheap materials.
Majestic live oak trees with sprawling branches dripping silver Spanish moss surrounding stately white-columned mansions. The dazzling Ashley and Cooper Rivers meandering their ways to the sea. Long-necked, lanky egrets perusing the swampy marshes where cypress knees eerily protrude from the murky water. Alluring gardens with fragrant flowers bursting forth no matter the season. When you envision Charleston South Carolina, is this what you see?