Morales Supermercado, Green Store: Grocery Stores
If you plan on staying in a place where you can do your own cooking, there are 2 major places to get food. Morales is located in Isabel Segunda and the Green Store is located on the road beyond Sun Bay right before you turn onto the strip in Esperanza. Either way, there's not TOO much to choose from and often when Steph buys beef or pork or something, she ends up just throwing it out. I admit, this stuff did look questionable. But, the things they do have aren't too expensive and come from everywhere. Cuban coffee (are they allowed to have that...I don't understand the US restrictions and whether they apply to PR), cookies from Argentina, lots of products from the Dominican Republic and Mexico and some stuff from the states.
These stores, like a lot of other places don't keep regular hours. The Green Store is always open, it seems and it's also a hangout. Don't get intimidated at all by the masses of people loitering in the front. They are all friendly. Be prepared to speak enough Spanish if you need to ask for something.
What to buy: There are LOTS of Goya products, and i buy those here all the time anyway. The coco frio Goya makes is good:) And you might want to buy bottled water. The tap water won't make you sick at all, but it does keep a temperature of 72 degrees F.
What to pay: Goya fruit nectar is about 35 cents down there, 65 cents up here. Definitely go Goya!
Luna Loca: Gift shops in Isabel Segunda
So, I guess it's technically considered an art gallery, but they do have a unique assortment of gifts as well--not your typical souvenir junk store. She makes her own jewelry, there's some good furniture, candles, incense, etc. I like the way its laid out and the presentation:) Vieques isn't a huge tourist island, so there aren't an abundance of gifts shops.
What to buy: There are some locals artists in the area--Vieques and Culebra attract them because of the undeveloped natural beauty, so I always suggest supporting local merchants/artists and buying their stuff.
What to pay: the prices in PR are very similar to those in the states
In Esperanza and Isabel: Souvenirs
There are a few little shops and open stalls in Esperanza selling some items of interest - the handmade bottle cap key chains were unique. A few postcards are available. Not too many items to buy, so you can save your money !! In Isabel, there is a little gift shop where I found some fun Indian earring for $5 us per pair. Not a lot of souvenirs to buy. The gift shop in Isabelle Segunda is named Caribbean Walk and it is a few steps from Roy's Coffee Lounge. The gift shop in Esperanza is named Vieques Flowers and Gifts, Too !!! Located on the Malecon.
What to pay: The earrings were $5
The keyrings were under $10
quenepas: Try local produce!
Side walk vendor
What to buy: Where ever I go, I always eat as the locals eat. So when a vendor greeted the boat selling quenepas, I had to purchase a string! These fruits grown on trees and taste good. I can not remember the taste, however I would eat fresh quenepas over lychees any day!
What to pay: one dollar
- Food and Dining
There is a fruit and vegetable stand that you will pass on the road to Isabel Segunda. Make a stop and get a coconut! I am obsessed with coconuts, so im always on the prowl for them when im on an island! The coconuts are huge, plenty of water to drink, and then plenty of the meat to eat after you're done!
Caribbean Walk: Wonderful gift shop in Isabel Segundo
The merchandise is hand made. There is a lot of jewelry and crafts. The owners are very friendly and accomodating.
What to buy: Jewelry, photography, hand made crafts. QUALITY items to buy for yourself or take home as souvenirs.
What to pay: Prices vary but are very, very reasonable