You can reach the island of Vieques (pronounced “Bee-e-kes” one of two ways: you can drive 2 hours east of San Juan and take a ferry the 11km or you can catch a plane. Since I needed to head back to St Kitts on Monday afternoon, I elected for the flying option.
Now, I knew the plane would be small, but I really didn’t know quite how small. I’d been used to the Dash-8 Liat flights – 32 passengers and propellers. I’d even taken a flight to Antigua in a plane that only fitted 15 with a tight squeeze. But, my friends, these were veritable giants compared to Cape Air’s fleet.
I knew I was in for a different experience when, on check-in, I was asked my body weight. Gulp. This is usually between me and the anonymous lady at Weight Watchers. Apparently, this is so they can “balance” the plane. Quickly assessing the situation, I realised it was futile to knock a couple of hundred kilos off since it was a safety issue, so I mumbled a number. And coughed.
At the airport, they lined us up in groups of 6. I figured “Oh, this must be to make things easier for boarding.” Oh, noooo my friends: it was because there would be 6 of us on each plane. I resolved not to think about it.
So, here are my snaps from that little experience so you can enjoy this for yourself. I must say, it was fairly enjoyable and you certainly feel more “at one” with the outside world.
I even got to video the landing!
Oh, and did I mention the pilot was rather cute? (OK OK, I’m just saying).