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Ferry in Ceiba, Puerto Rico offering services to Vieques & Culebra

Please note that there are no more ferries leaving to Vieques & Culebra from Fajardo, all services have moved to Roosevelt Roads in the town of Ceiba

The ferry is an affordable option for visitors wishing to visit the islands of Vieques and Culebra, but it takes some planning.  We are happy to inform you that service to the offshore islands just got a little better (in some aspects).  For years the Fajardo ferry was a poor experience for both tourists and residents of the island.   Finally in the month of October 2018 the long awaited “short route” from Ceiba to Vieques and Culebra began.  Government agencies are making efforts to make travel for residents and visitors easier, it is a work in progress but much work has to be done yet.  Many details still need to be improved and put in place such as online reservations, completion of facilities at the terminal and management. Although it requires patience at times, we can assure you the magic and allure of Vieques and Culebra are worth the few annoyances you may encounter at the ferry terminal. 

The good news… 

Puerto Rico Fast Ferry

  • Two new fast ferries are offering services, operated by Puerto Rico Fast Ferries, LLC.  Rides are very stable, employees are very friendly and professional.  The vessels are very clean, seats are comfortable and you have the choice of seating inside the air conditioned cabin or outdoor seating offering the best views during the ride.  The two passenger ferries are Big Cat and Schoodic Explorer.

Don’t give up on Vieques & Culebra after reading about some of the challenges you may face during your journey.  Ask those that have visited or read reviews, once you go, most likely you’ll go back again and again. 

On this page you will find information on ferry rates, schedules, travel tips, map and directions to terminal, how to make reservations, contact information, and more FAQ’s.

We update the page when information is available.  This information is offered as a general guide, we make every effort to keep it up to date, however the ferry schedule, rates and availability is constantly changing and there is no government website that keeps the information up to date. Please arrive early in the morning for best possibilities. 

Ticket Purchasing WIndow - Ceiba Puerto Rico Ferry Terminal

Rates & Ferry / Cargo Schedule

Ceiba / Vieques Ferry Schedule 

  • Residents & Visitors – $2.00 one way 
  • Ages: 3 – 11 and 60 – 74 – $1.00 one way
  • Ages 75 and older – Free 

Ceiba to Vieques Ferry Schedule - Puerto Rico


Ceiba to Vieques

  • 4:00am Cargo & Passengers
  • 6:30am Passengers
  • 9:00am Cargo & Passengers
  • 11:00am Passengers
  • 1:00pm Cargo & Passengers
  • 3:00pm Passengers
  • 4:45pm Cargo & Passengers
  • 8:15pm Cargo & Passengers

Vieques to Ceiba

  • 6:00am Cargo & Passengers
  • 9:00am Passengers
  • 11:00am Cargo & Passengers
  • 1:00pm Passengers
  • 3:00pm Cargo & Passengers
  • 5:00pm Passengers
  • 6:30pm Cargo & Passengers

Ceiba / Culebra Ferry Schedule 

  • Residents & Visitors – $2.50 one way
  • Ages: 3 – 11 and 60 – 74 – $1.00 one way
  • Ages 75 and older – Free

Ceiba to Culebra Ferry Schedule - Puerto Rico

Ceiba to Culebra

  • 4:00am Cargo & Passengers
  • 6:00am Passengers
  • 9:00am Cargo & Passengers
  • 11:00am Passengers
  • 1:00pm Cargo & Passengers
  • 3:00pm Passengers
  • 4:45pm Cargo & Passengers
  • 8:15pm Cargo & Passengers

Culebra to Ceiba

  • 6:00am Cargo & Passengers
  • 9:00am Passengers
  • 11:00am Cargo & Passengers
  • 1:00pm Passengers
  • 3:00pm Cargo & Passengers
  • 5:00pm Passengers
  • 6:30pm Cargo & Passengers

Tips for Ferry travel from Ceiba to Vieques & Culebra

If you’re only planning on spending a night in Vieques or Culebra, we recommend you plan most of your vacation stay in San Juan, Rio Grande or Fajardo area in order to shorten travel time to Ceiba and get the most of your day trip on the islands. 

  • Arrival time:  Be sure to get to the ferry terminal at least 1.5 hour before your desired time of departure, 2 hours on weekends.
  • Weekends – Vieques & Culebra are popular vacation spots for Puerto Rico residents, we recommend you arrive early in the morning to get a ticket.
  • Purchase a round trip ticket to secure your seat back to the main island.  If you are not sure of your return date, no worries, it is typically much easier getting a ticket back to Puerto Rico on busy travel days. 
  • Holidays & Holiday Weekends:  If you want to travel to Vieques or Culebra on a holiday or holiday weekend, be prepared for large crowds.  It is not guaranteed you’ll get a ferry ticket.   We highly recommend you fly to Vieques or Culebra from San Juan Airport, Isla Grande or Ceiba airports and take the ferry back.  
  • Car Rental –  Book your car rental in Culebra & Vieques before your arrival date.  They will pick you up at the ferry terminal, some companies already have car rental employees waiting at the dock to transport you to the car rental office.
  • Dear Puerto Rico Residents:  You’re incredibly lucky to live in a place where ferry tickets to such beautiful places costs just a few dollars.  Please support the local economy by purchasing food and drinks there.   The cost to take a cooler is not worth the hassle, you’ll make travel easier and you’ll be supporting Viequenes and Culebrenses that rely on tourism to support their families.  Please don’t leave trash on the beaches, a simple act can make a huge impact on the environment and it shows respect to the locals who already struggle with lack of resources to maintain the island.  Take only memories, leave only footprints. 

The Ferry Ride

Ceiba Puerto Rico Ferry Terminal

Ride Length

  • Ceiba to Culebra – The ride from Ceiba to Culebra is about 45 minutes on the fast ferry. 
  • Ceiba to Vieques – The ride from Ceiba to Vieques takes about 30 minutes on the fast ferry to current terminal in town.   When the route changes to the “short route” in Rompeolas / Mosquito Pier (currently under construction), the ride will be just 15 minutes on the fast ferries and 30 minutes on the cargo boats.

Sea sickness –  The ride is pretty stable, but depending on the weather the boat may get a little rocky.  If you suffer from sea sickness, sit on the middle seats where you’ll feel less motion. Speak to your doctor about a prescription or over the counter medication before your trip to prevent motion sickness.

Making Ferry Reservations - Ceiba, PR

We desperately wish we could tell there was an easier and more up to date way to book ferry tickets to Vieques & Culebra; for now, you will have to buy your tickets in person at the ticket window. 

As of  Nov. 15 – Ferry tickets can only be purchased in person at the ticket windows in Ceiba, Vieques and Culebra. 

Purchasing tickets at the Ceiba ferry terminal

  • Ticket Window Hours:  6:30am – 3:30pm 

Rates for ferry tickets: 

  • Vieques: $2.00
  • Culebra:  $2.25
  • Children 3 – 11 years old: $1.00
  • Adults 60 – 74 years old: $1.00
  • Adults 75 years and older: Free
  • Children under 3 years old: Free
  • Handicapp passengers: $1.00
  • Passengers with Medicare: $1.00 

Forms of Payment: Cash, ATH (debit), Visa / Mastercard

  • Tel: (be patient, average wait time is 10 minutes)  787-497-7740 ext: 2736, 2727, 2729
  • Email: the email address implies that you can make reservations by e-mail.  Again, we called Nov.15 and we were informed that e-mail reservations are not possible at this time until further notice.  In case you wish to have it: reservaciones@atm.gobierno.pr

Facilities - Ceiba Ferry Terminal

The ferry terminal is located on Marina Drive inside Roosevelt Roads in Ceiba (see map below).  

  • Currently there is a temporary tent where passengers can wait until departure. 
  • Parking – located next to the ferry terminal. Cost $5 plus tax.  Bring cash.  
  • Restrooms –  Visitors, we highly recommend that you stop at a fast food place, get a few bottles of water and snack before driving to the Ceiba ferry terminal and use the restrooms.   Facilities were not completed before moving the ferry service from Fajardo to Ceiba.  There are portable bathrooms until the construction of bathrooms are completed.  Bring your own wipes and hand sanitizer. 
  • Food – Before you drive to the Ceiba ferry terminal stop by a gas station for a few snacks and drinks just in case.   There is one gentleman selling ice cream, coffee and sandwiches at the terminal.  The terminal offers vending machines with a few snacks, soda and water. 
  • Food on Board – The fast ferries sell water bottles during the trip. 

FAQ's / Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers

Can we make reservations ahead?

As mentioned previously, as of November, there is no online booking system and no reservations are taken by phone.  You may purchase tickets ahead of time at the ticket office in Ceiba, Vieques and Culebra.  Some hotels and vacation rental owners will purchase tickets for guests ahead of time.  

May I take my car to Vieques / Culebra?

Puerto Rico residents:  it is certainly a plus being able to take your vehicle to Vieques and Culebra.  Be advised that space is very limited, priority is given to residents of the islands. You will need your car registration number and driver’s license.  Reservations are required for the Cargo Ferry.  Call as soon as you know your dates to make a reservation. They take Visa / MasterCard for reservations.   See above for contact information.

Is there parking at the dock?

Yes, you may park your car at the public parking lot for about $5 per day. 

Can we rent a car in Puerto Rico and bring it to Vieques on the ferry?

If you have a rental car in Puerto Rico, check with the car rental company.  We recommend you simply rent a car in Vieques and Culebra for the day.   It is not necessary to rent a car in Culebra, you can rent a golf cart or take a taxi to Flamenco and have a wonderful time.  The magic of Vieques is best enjoyed with a vehicle or scooter rental.  Read our car rental tip above under Travel Tips. 

Map - Ceiba / Vieques / Culebra Ferry Terminals

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Ceiba Ferry Terminal & Parking Lot - Puerto Rico

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Ceiba Puerto Rico - Ferry Terminal: 18.229950, -65.618380
Parking Lot - Ferry Terminal - Ceiba, Puerto Rico: 18.231083, -65.620156

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Ferry Terminals - Ceiba / Vieques / Culebra

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Ferry Terminal - Vieques, Puerto Rico: 18.152417, -65.443325
Ferry Terminal - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.301107, -65.302445
Ceiba Puerto Rico - Ferry Terminal: 18.229950, -65.618380
Parking Lot - Ferry Terminal - Ceiba, Puerto Rico: 18.231083, -65.620156

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