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

Important News: 

  • There are no more ferries leaving to Vieques & Culebra from Fajardo, all services have moved to Roosevelt Roads in the town of Ceiba
  • You can now book tickets online!! See below. 

The ferry is an affordable option for visitors wishing to visit the islands of Vieques and Culebra, but it takes some planning.  We inform that service to the offshore islands just got better.  We take pride in offering unbiased information for our readers, we will be honest so you don’t have any surprises.   

A little history: 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 more enjoyable, it is a work in progress and MUCH work has yet to be done.  

With that said, we can assure you the magic and allure of Vieques and Culebra are worth the few annoyances you may encounter at the ferry terminal.  Vieques and Culebra rely heavily on tourism, your visit and vacation dollars make a real difference to families and businesses on the island. 

The good news… 

Puerto Rico Fast Ferry

  • Two new fast ferries are offering services, operated by Puerto Rico Fast Ferries, LLC.  Rides are nice and stable, employees are very friendly and professional.  The vessels are clean, seats are comfortable, 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.  
  • The most awaited improvement was announced on April 8th, 2018 which was the ability to make online reservations.   
PLEASE NOTE: 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. We recommend you purchase the tickets online ahead of time.  If you’re planning on purchasing tickets at the ferry terminal, please arrive early in the morning for best possibilities and expect delays.   Don’t miss reading our tips below.  

Ticket Purchasing WIndow - Ceiba Puerto Rico Ferry Terminal

Making Ferry Reservations - Ceiba, PR

We are so happy to inform you that you can finally book ferry tickets online.  It will cost you more, but we believe the benefits outweigh the cost.

Purchasing ferry tickets online

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. 

Rates & Ferry / Cargo Schedule

For the most up to date ferry schedule please visit the online reservation website. 

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.

Most of the tips apply to visitors booking their tickets at the ferry terminal.  Most problems can be avoided by booking your tickets online in advance.

  • Arrival time: If you are purchasing the tickets at the terminal, be sure to get to the ferry terminal at least 1.5 hour before your desired time of departure, 2 hours on weekends.
  • Bathrooms: Although we are not affiliated or work at the ferry terminal, we sincerely apologize for the bathroom situation.  It is beyond embarrassing to us that visitors and residents have to use portable toilets, and on top of that in poor sanitary conditions.  Do yourself a favor and stop by a fast food place on the way to the Ceiba ferry terminal, and also buy yourself a snack, you’ll thank us later.
  • Weekends – Vieques & Culebra are popular vacation spots for Puerto Rico residents, we recommend you arrive early in the morning to get a ticket.  Again, we recommend you purchase the tickets in advance online.
  • Purchase a round trip ticket to secure your seat back to the main island if booking in person at the terminal.  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.

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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