Vieques, Puerto Rico
Vieques, Puerto Rico is a little tropical island with a natural beauty and a small-town feel. It's famous for its gorgeous beaches, turquoise waters, a stunning bioluminescent bay and the fact that more than half of the island is devoted to a National Wildlife Refuge. Since Puerto Rico is a US territory, no passports are required for US residents to visit the small island paradise of Vieques.
Vieques - Key Characteristics
- The island is 21-miles long and 4-miles wide at its broadest point.
- There are just two towns. Isabel Segunda is on the north coast and is just a 15-minute drive from Esperanza on the south coast.
- Some 55% of the island is dedicated to the National Wildlife Refuge (green areas on the Map).
- Vieques DOES NOT HAVE a "rush-hour; traffic lights; fast-food chain restaurants, big-box stores or high-rise buildings.
- Vieques DOES HAVE gorgeous beaches, turquoise tropical waters, a stunning bioluminescent bay, and "wild-horses" roaming the island.
It is a US territory and very easy to get to. It requires no passport or exchange of currency for US residents. Despite being part of the US it maintains a rustic yet elegant exoticness all its own. A National Wildlife Refuge makes up 55% of the quaint 21-mile long island. Lush vegetation surrounds its plentiful white sandy beaches with crystal clear blue waters. The island boasts over 20 breathtaking and distinct beaches. There is not one stoplight on the island, no shopping malls, fast food chains, or high-rise buildings. Horses roam free around the tropical island and it surrounds the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world!
The bay has the highest concentration per liter of bioluminescent microorganisms – marine plankton called dinoflagellates, in the world. The dinoflagellates glow a bright blue-green when stimulated in the darkness of night, creating a magical experience for visitors.
People on horseback, meandering cows and horses share the winding narrow roads through the lush island. The distant sounds of salsa music, the coqui frogs chirping, and early-morning crows of roosters are the norm on Vieques. Freshly caught seafood and grilled skewers are plentiful from roadside food trucks, kiosks, and fine dining restaurants. Exotic tropical fruits and vegetables hang in abundance from trees and are incorporated into the local cuisine.
Accommodations in Vieques
Accommodations on the island range from inexpensive hostels to boutique guesthouses. There are also a handful of resort-like hotels with lavish amenities. The island has a casual laid back and welcoming vibe.
Spanish is the primary language but English is spoken widely. A rental car is recommended for exploration of the island and should be reserved in advance especially during high season (between November- May). There are also Taxi’s and Caros Publicos (Public Cars) on the island.
Getting to Vieques
There are direct flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) from the 21 most active airports in North America and as well as major air hubs in Europe including London, Frankfort, Madrid, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm. In addition, there are direct flights to SJU from many locations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.
Getting to Vieques from San Juan and the main island of Puerto Rico is easy. Travel options include; connecting flights from SJU to the Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport (VQS) airport in Vieques; connections from three other regional airports on the main island; a 1.5-hour ferry ride from Fajardo, Puerto Rico to Vieques. See the "How do we get to Vieques?" question in the FAQs for additional information about the regional airports and the ferry.
What are you waiting for? Come to Vieques to explore the breathtaking beaches, hike to Playa Negra (Black Sand Beach), and visit the Fort, the old bunkers, and sugar cane mills. Relax, unwind and escape the hustle and bustle. Come swim, sail and snorkel the crystal clear waters with Nauti Mermaid Charters to experience the wonder of Vieques by sea.