Vieques Experts

Area Tips

Jen Gold

Vieques, Puerto Rico is a 22-mile long island off the east coast of Puerto Rico, a short ferry or plane ride away from the mainland. It exudes an old-world Caribbean charm, with none of the hustle and bustle of the larger islands, but lots more charm. If you’re looking for empty stretches of powdery sand, wild horses roaming the roads, and plenty of hidden gems to explore, including the world’s brightest bio-luminescent bay, this is the place for you. Vieques boasts some o...

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Food

Marion Solbert

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"A great restaurant is El Quenepo in Esperanza. It has locally grown produce and serves fresh local fish, all cooked to perfection. Another local dish is lechon or roast whole pork. This has to be ordered from from Papo at 787-741-2898. You buy it by the pound. The best bar on the island is Al's Mar Azul in Isabelle II. Fabulous sunsets and drinks."

Nightlife

Marion Solbert

"Vieques has great restaurants, food trucks and bars. For late night bar hopping, it would be Esperanza which has a younger late night crowd."

Family

Marion Solbert

"Vieques is famous for it beaches - beautiful without being overrun with people. Media Luna is great for little kids that don't like waves. For snorkeling, Green Beach, the mile long pier and Las Chivas beach. Wading through the Bio Bay on the electric boat is a great family adventure."

Adventure

Marion Solbert

"Great sailing with Captain John Gentile at 939-332-5778. He has a great sailing boat and he is very personable. Exploring all the roads that lead to deserted beaches is very rewarding. The ability to reserve horseback rides on the beach and through the jungle can make an exciting day."

Arts & Music

Marion Solbert

"In the winter - high season - there are art openings at local galleries for local, national and international artist. Music is often brought to the island for festivals and bars feature periodic entertainment."

Area Tips

Charlie Pino

"Vieques may seem like it functions on island time, but there are plenty of adventures to be had.

This island may be best known for its bioluminescent Mosquito Bay. Tour companies take adventurers out in kayaks after dark where they can experience the glow of microorganisms living in high concentrations around the red mangroves. Be sure to watch the water glow as the paddle breaks the surface!
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Adventure

Michael Gordon

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Food

Mark S.

"El Quenepo is a must-try restaurant for visitors due to its location, expertly prepared food, and attentive wait staff."

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Family

Mark S.

"For a fun family experience, check out the best and brightest bio luminescent bay on the planet. Pristine beaches with very few crowds."

Food

Waldo Bird

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If you come to Vieques, Puerto Rico you must have mofongo (mashed plantains or yuca), arepas, rice and beans, fried fish, arroz manposteao (mixed up rice and beans)"

Neighborhoods

Waldo Bird

"On the main island go to Old San Juan, in Vieques drive around the barrios or go to Isabel Segunda. Esperanza is a tourist community like any other place."

Nightlife

Waldo Bird

"In San Juan, Puerto Rico go to La Placita de Santurce (Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights). In Vieques, Al's Mar Azul or the Malecon in Esperanza for amazing nightlife."

Neighborhoods

Martin Walker

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"Visit Esperanza for the Malencon (Boardwalk), pier and beach, especially Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Children, families, and ALL of Vieques will be there."

Nightlife

Martin Walker

There's nothing better for a low key night than sitting on the porch at Vieques Bistro in Isabel Segunda. If loud music from reggae-ton and salsa to rock is your thing, the weekend night street scene in Esperanza is a unique experience unparalleled anywhere."

Adventure

Martin Walker

"Going as far as you can walk on the North shore onto Fish and Wildlife from Bastimento Beach takes you onto a five mile stretch of no man's land with no road access whatsoever."

Arts & Music

Martin Walker

"Siddhia Hutchinson's Fine Arts Gallery provides the very finest collections of resident painters, sculptors and handworkers, as well as a first look at Siddhias's latest masterpieces. This from one of the finest and most productive painters in the Caribbean."

Food

Rosie Dempsey

"Local specialties are conch salad, whole snapper (fried or baked), mafongo, and tostones made from green plantains (and some times yucca too)—there’s also sweet yellow plantain, local spiny lobster, fried stuffed pastelillos, flan and arepas breads. The best restaurant on the whole island is in Esperanza: El Quenepo is expensive and worth it. The next best restaurant is almost next door, Billi restaurant is less expensive. There are 29 varieties of mangoes on Vieques--ac...

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Nightlife

Rosie Dempsey

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Adventure

Rosie Dempsey

"Hike the trails on the isthmus in Esperanza, and get to the high point overlooking Sun Bay. Hike the riverbed to Playa Negra (Black Beach). Bicycle to Green Beach. Snorkel at the old navy pier, also called Mosquito Pier. Swim Esperanza Bay to the island of Cayo Afuera and snorkel on the right side. Take a sailing lesson with Jorge on his 16 foot Hobie--and fly on that thing: 787-366-5202 and speak with Margaret. Horseback riding: 3 companies offer horse back riding--ask if t...

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Arts & Music

Rosie Dempsey

"Four ART GALLERIES

1) Gallery Galleon- Route 201 La Hueca 787 741-3078, west of Esperanza, beautiful gallery.

2) Siddhia Hutchinson Gallery- Isabel II, next to the bank, down from the two blocks, oldest gallery on the island 787 741-1343.
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Neighborhoods

Rosie Dempsey

ESPERANZA has everything all in one neighborhood: boardwalk to beaches (including the huge Sun Bay on its edge, which can be reached by walking Esperanza Bay); 10 restaurants to a bakery; recreational rentals to the main spot for bio bay tour departures; Vieques Conservation & Historical Trust's little museum to tons of rental homes mixed in with the middle class homes of locals; 3 boutiques to many seasonal vendors on the boardwalk.
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Family

Martin Walker

"The toddler beach "Media Luna" in Sun Bay park is not to be missed if you want to stand in knee deep waters calm as glass with tiny fish tickling your ankles."

Family

Rosie Dempsey

"Only beaches on Vieques with roped swim areas: Sunbay & Media Luna ( later requires 4-wheel drive vehicle) Beaches with cabanas with picnic tables: Red Beach & Blue Beach Rental baby equipment available from the thrift shop. Some rental house offer kids beach toys, even children's life vests. Ask or try Casita ...

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About Vieques

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