Vieques, Puerto Rico
Nestled in the warm waters of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico comprises an archipelago that includes the main Island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra and Isla Mona. As a Commonwealth Territory of the United States, English is widely spoken around the island, there is no variation in currency nor a need for visas or passports when visiting from anywhere in the United States. Using an Uber is the simplest and most affordable way to move around the metro area. While there, recommend lodging around Ocean Park, Santurce, Condado or Old San Juan, fairly centric areas near the beach with many walkable food options and cultural destinations.
Below we include information regarding traveling to Vieques compiled by Finca Victoria.
Arriving to Vieques:
To reach Vieques, you can either take a flight or arrive via ferry.
If you are coming directly to Vieques from your original destination, you may take a connecting flight from the international airport Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU).
If you will already be in Puerto Rico, you may fly out from the smaller airport in San Juan, Isla Grande Airport (SIG). The check-in process is simpler and requires less wait time as it is a local flight of 30 minutes.
If you will be in Culebra prior to your stay, you may take an air taxi from the Culebra airport (CPX).
All flights to Vieques arrive at Antonio Rivera Rodriguez Airport (VQS).
If you are taking the FERRY, you may take the Passenger ferry or the Cargo ferry. The passenger ferry is faster with an approximate travel time of 25-35 minutes depending on the currents. The cargo ferry is 45-1 hour. Please know that taking the ferry requires some planning as there is high demand between travelers and locals who live on the island of Vieques. For tickets and schedules please visit: https://porferry.com/ .The ferry terminal is located in the town of Ceiba, about 1:20 minutes from the capital of San Juan.
An uber ride should be about $80 from San Juan to Ceiba. We can also coordinate a ride with a driver who can pick you up at the airport or any other area in San Juan and take you to Ceiba. Please inquire with us directly to coordinate. Please know this offer is based on availability.
Getting Around the Island:
While there are taxis on the island, please be aware that Vieques does not have the infrastructure for public transportation. If you are planning on renting a car during your stay, we suggest arranging this ahead of time. Another option is to rent a club/golf cart, a popular way to get around! Please see some suggestions for where to rent below:
This is list of taxi drivers. Please keep in mind its taxi offerings are always evolving:
Vieques Taxi Service - (787) 741-8294
Angie’s Taxi - (787) 937-2048
Ruben - (787) 436-0006
Morales - (787) 435-4277
Letty - (787) 556-6003
M&M - (939) 208-1600
JR - (787) 435-1126
Whether you are looking to sail around the island on a small boat or explore the bioluminescent bay at night, there is something for everyone in Vieques. We have listed a few different tours for you to consider taking during your stay.
Catamaran Boat Tour:
Bioluminescent Bay Kayaking Tour: Bieque Eco Trips
Snorkeling, Snorkeling with a Mermaid: Crystal Clear Vieques
Horseback Riding: Esperanza Riding Company
Paddle Boarding: Vieques Paddle Boarding
For nature enthusiasts, Vieques has well preserved trails for hikers at all levels. Please see the online guide linked below to plan your hikes:
Where To Eat:
While at Finca Victoria, you will be fed three daily vegetarian meals as well as healthy snacks, coffee and infusions. A lot of the food is prepared with products from the edible garden and from farms in Vieques. There will also be a lovely selection of curated wines and beer available for purchase.
If you want to venture out, Vieques has great offerings for eating around the island. Below is a list of some favorites by neighborhood:
El Quenepo Fine Dining, Caribbean/Contemporary
Duffy's Esperanza Sports Bar, American/Caribbean/Seafood
Bananas Vieques Casual, Seafood/Latin/American
Lazy Jack's Pub, Bar/Pizza
Bili Casual, Puerto Rican/Caribbean
Buen Provecho Casual, Breakfast/Brunch
Mama Mia Casual/Delivery, Italian, Bar, Pizza
Coqui Fire Casual, Mexican, International, Vegetarian
Roy's Coffee Lounge Coffeeshop, Breakfast, American
Tin Box Smokehouse/Bar, Sushi, Caribbean
Shops and Galleries:
Finca Victoria has created a beautiful store with homemade beauty and health products, local artists’ jewelry, souvenirs, clothing and some beautiful Vintage finds. There will also be art for sale from local artists.
There are also a few stores in Santa Isabel worth checking out:
Hutchinson Wielgus Gallery Curated collection of Caribbean inspired artwork by a variety of artists.
Oro Vieques A local gallery and a lovely souvenir store, all in a wonderful location near Playa Negra, also known as Black Sand Beach.