Sun Bay didn’t get a lot of our time. Nothing against the sand on that beach —the shores of Isla de Vieques are simply alternate slices of heaven. We had found more private digs on Silver Beach around the corner but appreciated Sun Bay’s alternate view of the little island we swam to in pursuit of a sea turtle.
Sun Bay was the meeting point for our kayak/swim tour of Bioluminescent Bay (more on that later). More significantly, it was the best beach we found for collecting sea glass.
Sea glass? It’s basically recycled garbage, but this is a truly artistic reprocessing. During a stay at Cape Cod, I found publicity for a sea glass festival in Hyannis, Massachusetts. And with a couple of Google clicks, I discovered that the annual festival is not an isolated incident but a major hobby and business for many ocean lovers. The “Shard of the Year” fetches $1000 at the North American Sea Glass Festival.
Sea glass is ocean burnished bottle fragments and chips of glass. Bottle stoppers, marbles, channel markers, thimbles —tossed and tumbled by the ocean until finally washed up as smooth startling bits of color amidst seaweed and shells at water’s edge. I’ve found them along the shores of disparate seas. On beaches in Cape Cod, Bermuda, Hawaii, St John, Puerto Rico, Spain and… Vieques. My aunt’s artful scatter of the glass over a patio table a few years ago breathed inspiration to me. And so, I gathered my own colorful treasures at Sun Bay.
At Sun Bay we had to get choosy, tossing the similar in favor of the unusual. So much beautiful glass, so little space in our moderately sized hands. At home we arranged the bits of vibrant glass amongst seashells, coral and sand in sea gardens we create in glass bowls to commemorate beach trips.
And with a glance at the glass, I’m back on the beach…