WELCOME CONSCIENTIOUS VISITOR
Isla de Vieques, Punta Mulas Lighthouse
to La isla de Vieques. This site is owned and mantained by a native and resident of this small island. I hope to be able to provide you with all the
information you need to plan a wonderful vacation on this
mostly undeveloped island to the east of Puerto Rico.
By now you have read about all the wonderful things Vieques has to offer its visitors and you can not wait to get here.
In fact, our island is so unique our beaches so beautiful that many visitors don't want to leave and come back later to buy
property here. There is a negative effect to that and you should know it before you become part of the problem.
There has been a lot of foreigners (that's anybody outside Puerto Rico) coming here to buy property, build restaurants, build mansions and transform
them into Airbnb rentals. The result for the local has been a sharp increase in the prices of everything from construction and housing, to a meal
in a restaurant. Meanwhile the local's salary has stayed the same. The banckrupt government, looking for fast and easy money, keeps selling public lands
and approving more luxury hotels with the hope of bringing more jobs. The problem is that jobs in the tourism industry are low pay, unstable, seasonal, and
demanding. Because it is so much easier to advertize tourism than to invest in the infrastructure necessary to develop other industries, like manufacturing
or agriculture, tourism has become a mono-industry (aside from government jobs). If this trend continues, any future major negative event will bring the whole
island economy to its grave.
Further, the tight local expatriate community of mostly North-Americans who do not speak nor want to learn to speak Spanish, are changing the islands essence
by trying to bring here everything they miss from the place they left behind. Locals are being displaced. This is call gentrification.
How can you help? You can help by sponsoring local business, by staying in local registered guesthouses or a hotel (at least taxes will be paid and some locals are employed), by speaking or trying to speak Spanish (we love practicing with you)
, and by returning home. Yes, we will like you to visit us again.
More about Airbnb. In a study published by the Economic Policy Institute on Jan 30, 2019, they find