Photos by Barry Stepe. The photos were taken on the island of Vieques. The island is about eight miles from the island of Puerto Rico and is about 20 miles wide. There are many beaches to explore on the island and each one has its own unique charm. The towering coconut palms and turquoise water make it one of the most picturesque places for photography. Take the ferry or a short plane right from San Juan to enjoy everything the island has to offer.