Vieques is known for its amazing azure colored waters and white sands beaches, beautiful coral reefs, spectacular vegetation, and wildlife refuges. Those looking for a secluded and quiet location to release their stress and leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind will find Vieques the perfect vacation destination.
This beautiful island is a great place for nature and sea lovers that one can visit any time of the year. The island’s shoreline is custom made for water sports enthusiasts and demanding beach connoisseurs. Travelers can swim, snorkel, kayak, sail, scuba dive, fish, or simply relax to their hearts’ content. There are many beautiful beaches around the island. Among them are: Sun Bay, Navio, García, Caracas, Esperanza and Media Luna (Half Moon).
The island’s climate is perfect to enjoy a beach day and due to its arid ecosystem it rarely rains. In addition to its climate and stunning landscapes, nature lovers can explore the Vieques’ National Wildlife Refuge, home to endangered species such as manatees, brown pelicans, and four species of sea turtles.
When the stars come out in Vieques, the rhythm of the city’s clubs, restaurants, and lounges is contagious. There are excellent restaurants along the Malecón across the beach at Esperanza and near the center town of Isabel II. Enjoy a sample of local cuisine at restaurants such as El Patio, Sabores, Carambola in the Blue Horizon, Island Steakhouse, Bilí, Trade Winds, and Sorcé, located in the W Retreat and Spa Hotel among others. There are also several art galleries and shops. After a nice dinner you can enjoy the laid back social life of Vieques, at El Malecón, the local hotspot located in the town of Esperanza.
The Mosquito Bay, the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world, is located in Vieques. Visiting the bio-bay should be a must-do on everyone’s vacation list. Gorgeous by day the bioluminescent organisms living in Mosquito Bay cause water to glow at night when the water moves. One can visit the bio-bay with a licensed operator by kayak or electric boat. Visitors can also explore the cultural and historical landmarks of the island such as: Punta Mulas Lighthouse, Ceiba Tree, the Fideicomiso de Conservación e Historia de Vieques and the Conde de Mirasol Fort Museum, one of the last Spanish built forts in the Americas. The fort housed Spanish troops and was used as a jail until 1940. It remained closed until 1991 when it was restored and converted to the Vieques Art and History Museum and the Vieques Archives.
Getting to Vieques is simple. There is a ferry service with trips departing from Fajardo. It is recommended to call ahead and reconfirm departing schedules as trips may be cancelled or rescheduled due to weather and sea conditions. The port office can be reached at 787-497-7740 ext. 2727, 2728. Regular flights routes depart from regional airports in San Juan and Ceiba and the Luis Muñoz Marín airport. Charter flights are also available from these companies.
Information provided by: Puerto Rico Tourism Board