Sacred places allow us to do this; they allow us to transform and transcend our hectic lives. The island of Vieques, Puerto Rico is one of those sacred places.
Walking the pristine beaches in quiet solitude and contemplation or appreciating simplicity by getting away from life’s complexity can revive the spirit in profound ways. Vieques offers an alternative to the vibrancy electric energy of busy vacations. This is a calming place.
The beauty natural and often unique from the secluded coves, to the verdant hills, from the wildlife to the luminescent bay glowing on a dark, starlit night. Nature is the star of Vieques attractions. Its beauty entices people from all over. The overall feeling is of going back in time to a primeval world where the traces of today’s current hustle and bustle disappears and the world becomes a clean and wild place. In Vieques Puerto Rico time stands still and allows you to enjoy Nature’s wonders.
Vieques, Puerto Rico… A place to experience and allow the experience change you.
Quick Facts about Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
Points of Interest / Attractions in Vieques
Nature is the star of Vieques attractions. Its beauty entices people from all over. The overall feeling is of going back in time to a primeval world where the traces of today’s current hustle and bustle disappears and the world becomes a clean and wild place. Time stands still and allows you to enjoy Nature’s wonders.
The history of Vieques is much older than the Spanish and even older than the original native Arawak tribes. Archeologists have found bits of evidence that a very ancient people dwelled on this tiny island, perhaps as old as the world’s earliest cultures of Egypt and India. We encourage you to visit Vieques historical places, it is a great way to connect with the island.
Bioluminescent Bay / Mosquito Bay
Imagine kayaking in the midst of a brilliant aurora borealis display. This is what you find when you visit the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. Considered one of the “must see” natural wonders of the earth, the tiny organisms in the water leave a phosphorescent glow that bursts with waves of bright blue color. More about Mosquito Bay (bio bay), Vieques, Puerto Rico. Bio Bay Tours
Ceiba Ecological Coastal Park
This is one of those places nature has created that lends itself to quiet contemplation.ains were discovered, potentially dating back 4,000 years.
Fortin Conde de Mirasol
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust
Muelle de la Caña
Puerto Ferro Archeological Site
When archeologists explored the area in the early 1990’s, skeletal remains were discovered, potentially dating back 4,000 years.
Rompeolas / Mosquito Pier
Mosquito Pier is now a terrific spot in Vieques for fishing, scuba, snorkeling or keeping watch for the local wildlife such as sea turtles and birds.
Beaches of Vieques, Puerto Rico
Names like Esperanza (Hope), Playa La Plata (Silver Beach) and Media Luna (Half Moon). Secluded coves romance couples. Public beaches invite family fun. Beaches in Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Vieques Wildlife Refuge
Paso Fino Horses
Faro Punta Mulas Lighthouse and Museum
Sugar Plantation Ruins of Playa Grande
La Plaza, Isabel Segunda
Things to Do in Vieques, Puerto Rico
Things to Do on the Water
Vieques is an island so it’s the perfect place for water lovers. The bay, coves, and Caribbean Sea create a paradise playground where summer is endless. Directory of services, and tour operators below.
Explore the beaches
Swim, Snorkel, Scuba
Boating, Kayaking, and Jet Skis
Things to Do On Land
In Vieques, the fun begins on the road…Whether you’re a hiker, love bicycling, rent a scooter or jeep, the island’s roads and trails lead to breathtaking places. Even though the island is small, the treasures around the island would take weeks to explore. Directory of services, and tour operators below.
Museums & Historical Sites
A Little History - Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
The “Little Sister” of Puerto Rico has a rich history. Just a few miles off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, this Caribbean jewel holds stories from the Stone Age to WWII, from Christopher Columbus to being recognized as a National Wildlife Refuge in 2003. The spirits of this island touch all who are willing to listen. Earliest culture came from the Taino tribes that thrived until the coming of Columbus and other Europeans. These native tribes left behind remnants of their daily lives, with carved stone tools and pottery. Sadly, as with many native populations, the people could not withstand the illnesses and colonization brought by the newcomers from across the ocean. Their numbers were all but wiped out and now we can only honor the memory of these innocent people. Perhaps their voices and song can be heard whispering through the trees on a warm evening.
Spanish settlers soon followed Columbus, destroying the native population through sickness, slavery, and violence. French, Dutch, Scots, and others came to use the lush wilderness of the island. Unlike other lands dotting the sea, Vieques wasn’t “claimed” until the 19th century, when the Spanish of Puerto Rico set up a government and the “Little Sister” was adopted. The sugar industry developed and employed free and enslaved until emancipation brought contractual work for all. Sweet sugar cane became the primary industry until the Spanish-American War brought Puerto Rico and thereby Vieques under United States control. U.S. military became interested in Vieques as a strategic place to track Nazi naval vessels during WWII. By this time, the sugar industry was weak and the military was able to buy up plantations.
The land was then used for trainings and tests for bombs and missiles. These trainings led to protestations at the beginnings of the 21st century, with the Island of Vieques becoming a National Wildlife Refuge in 2003. This act has allowed Vieques to maintain some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches and guard the jewel of Vieques, its bioluminescent bay.
Vieques Vacation Guide & Planning Tips
Getting to Vieques
Getting to Vieques by Air
Take a short scenic flight from various airports on the main island of Puerto Rico:
- San Juan Airport – the most convenient, most daily flights. Cost about: $130 – $160 per person RT
- Isla Grande Airport – right near popular tourist destinations in San Juan. Cost about: $144 RT
- Ceiba Airport – Cost about: $34 one way, plus the taxi cost to Ceiba from San Juan
Split your stay between San Juan and Vieques. The capital city of San Juan is a wonderful destination in Puerto Rico. Spend a few days exploring Old San Juan, head over to the Isla Grande or San Juan International Airport and hop over to Vieques. The two destinations combined make an interesting vacation in Puerto Rico.
Getting to Vieques, Puerto Rico by ferry
The most economical way of getting to Vieques is by taking the ferry, however due to the current conditions, we highly recommend you fly. Avoid using the ferry during weekends and especially holiday weekends, the wait can be up to 10 hours long and they don’t allow reservations in advance. If you insist on taking the ferry, give yourself plenty of time and be prepared to either fly from Ceiba or stay at the Fajardo Inn just in case you can’t get a ticket. Visit Vieques.com for the Vieques ferry schedule and more tips on traveling to Vieques by ferry.
What We Love about Vieques
Can’t miss attractions and activities
Getting Around Vieques
Part of the fun in Vieques is getting behind the wheel and seeing where the road takes you. This island is small and easy to navigate, although a jeep / 4 wheel drive is needed in order to get to some of the most gorgeous beaches.
It is recommended that you book your car rental / scooter in advance especially during holiday weeks.
Transportation Options in Vieques, Puerto Rico
- Car Rental – This is the best and most recommended option for experiencing Vieques.
- Vieques Island Tours & Transportation – Friendly services range for transportation to and from airport / ferry terminal and custom tours of the island. Phone: (787) 397-2048
- Scooter Rentals – A fun simple way of getting around the island. (787) 741-7722
- Taxis – If you can’t rent a car and want the most flexibility, call Vieques Taxi, they’ll pick you up and take you wherever you wish on a Jeep Wrangler. Phone: (787) 741-TAXI (8294)
- Publicos – For those on a budget with little time on the island, a public may be sufficient. Publicos have fares that are regulated, rates are from $3 – $5. They can take you around town and the most accessible beaches on the US Fish & Wildlife Reserve and Sun Bay. Tourists can easily spot one at the ferry terminal, airport, Isabel II and El Malecon in Esperanza. For an additional fee, you can make arrangements for a pick up.[/box]
How Vieques Ranks as a Destination in Puerto Rico
- Top Ten Destinations in Puerto Rico
- Best Beaches Destination
- Best Romantic Destination
- Best Secluded Destination
- Best Snorkeling Destination
- Top Ten Natural Wonders in Puerto Rico – Mosquito Bay (Bioluminescent Bay).
Vieques has beaches listed on the Top Ten Beaches of Puerto Rico and Best Snorkeling Beaches.
Vieques has won several awards for Best island in the Caribbean and Bahia de la Chiva (Blue Beach) has been included on best beaches of the Caribbean lists.
Vacation Planning Tips