Thanks to everyone who has been concerned about us in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Your emails, letters, phone calls and care packages have given us the strength to try and bring normalcy back to Vieques and the Hix Island House. We’re happy to say that our staff and their families all made it safely through the hurricane.
After Hurricane Maria we put a hold on new reservations, so that we could work on our property and service all the reservations we already had in our system. Now that the new year is here, we have decided to start taking new reservations.
The Hix Island House and Vieques are still in recovery mode ever since Maria hit us on September 20, 2017. Most of the island is still without power from the grid, which means some of our buildings will remain closed until power is restored. Casa Solaris, our off grid building is open and providing service as normal, with 24 hour electricity and water. Our pool, which also has a solar pool pump, is crystal clear and refreshing as always. Our landscaping took a hit, as you can imagine with 240 mph gusts, but we are in the process of cleaning it up and getting it back to normal. Mother nature is amazing when it comes to revitalizing a landscape! But until power is restored in our neighborhood, our front desk and concierge services will remain closed.
Vieques is making progress, but visitors should be aware that they need to be flexible and adventurous in order to enjoy their time here. With power being out on most of the island, that leads to other issues like credit card machines not working and spotty cell phone service. When shopping, getting gas or dining out, cash is a necessity. And since most homes are being run by generators these days, that can lead to longer than usual gas lines. (Although in the last month, gas lines are shorter and ATM machines more reliable) Not all of our beaches are open, but last week Fish & Wildlife opened Playa Caracas, and the Parks Department opened Sun Bay, Media Luna and Navio. More will open as they are deemed ready. As for restaurants, those open include Duffy’s, Banana’s, Lazy Jack’s, Mama Mia’s, Biekes Bistro and Rancho Choli. And on the weekends, many of the food trucks are set up as well. Over the course of 4 – 7 days, there is plenty to see and eat on Vieques.
That is the status of Vieques as of today. We have no idea what it will be like tomorrow or two months from now, and can’t make any promises it will improve by then either. If you are up for a flexible and adventurous stay with us, we welcome you with open arms.
The soul economic engine of Vieques is from visitors like yourself. Sustainable tourism is the only future for this island, and it needs your visit in 2018. We would love for you to come stay with us at the Hix Island House!