World's Sexiest Islands

by Jason H. Harper


Perfect for: Nighttime romps on the beach under the stars

The scene: Funny how years of U.S. Navy target practice discourages depressing overdevelopment. The military stopped dropping practice bombs on Vieques (view slideshow) years ago, but the island has still managed to resist ugly megaresorts and soulless strip malls (you can't always say that about the rest of Puerto Rico). What you will find: long stretches of empty beaches and a relaxing quietude. You'll be hard-pressed to find such a quintessentially Caribbean yet still unspoiled island so close to home.

Don't miss: The glowing nighttime waters of Mosquito Bay. You may have heard of the bioluminescent critters that make the waters glow, but imagine floating with your lover in gentle swells as both the sky above and the waters around sparkle with light.

Between the sheets: Vieques is no longer a beach-shack type of place since openings like the so-hip-it-stings Bravo Beach Hotel, with its minimalist furniture. But for the pitch-perfect spot for lovers, we recommend the Inn on the Blue Horizon. With only a handful of rooms, done up with ceiling fans and four-poster beds, it's a flashback to the romantic Caribbean, where you won't be bothered unless you want to be. There's a 50-foot pool or a short walk to the beach, and the open-air Blue Moon Bar is the kind of place where you can make easy friends.

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