Vieques Island
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Skipperrick
Herndon, VA21 contributions
Mar 2022
As for vacationing on Vieques, you can expect near vacant beaches and plenty of sun. It does rain occasionally for short periods and the nights can be slightly cool. We liked Sun Bay Beach, Grand Beach, and the Black Sand Beach; and, all beaches are special and mostly deserted. Best restaurants for us: Coqui Fire Café, Mango Public House, Duffy’s Esperanza, and Cositas Ricas, a kabob food truck just east of Esperanza on route 997—located on the northside of the route and with permanently installed multicolored outdoor “picnic” tables and benches.

Elsie wrote, “We enjoyed both the commuter plane and Ferry rides between mainland Puerto Rico and Vieques Island, which were quite an experience and worth the trips! The leisurely Ferry ride on a calm sea was relaxing. On Vieques, touring the beautiful beaches, eating meals at different restaurants, visiting historical monuments and places, admiring gorgeous horses, and soaking up some warm sun were great activities.

Do drive slow enough to navigate narrow roads, curves, obstructions, horses, and potholes, tho’ Federal government roads tend to be less bumpy but nevertheless narrow. You can rent a narrow car, like one of the many Kia Souls, which suited our four-person group needs for people and stuff, proved reliable, and took what the roads dealt us astonishingly well, albeit slowly. Rental cars, golf carts, and scooters are available.
Written March 26, 2022
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othynguyen
Baltimore, MD50 contributions
Jul 2022
They offer rentals for a day plus an hourly rate after the 24 hours at 7.50 per hour. They pick you up wherever you are to get the rental and drop you off when you return rental - even to ferry. While other places charge for pick up and drop off!! Employees are so friendly. Car was nice and clean. We forgot out pack in the rental after drop off and Hiram turned around so we could get our bag!! Highly recommend them!!
Written August 4, 2022
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Marilka
Wauwatosa, WI27 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
Vieques is a great experience for those that don’t mind a little adventure. There are many beautiful activities to enjoy here to access nature and the outdoors including bio bay kayaking, yoga, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and horseback riding. Be warned this is a small island And there can be minor inconveniences like the power going out, or losing water for several hours or a day. We stayed at a very well appointed Airbnb and experienced both of these things for short periods. The one thing that was really disappointing is the condition of the roads. You absolutely cannot navigate without A four-wheel-drive vehicle. There are giant potholes on almost all of the major roads. All of the activities that we booked worked out perfectly and owners of businesses were extremely communicative and helpful. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a place where universally people confirmed and followed up with all of the details. The island is clean and it’s clear the locals take a lot of pride and are doing their best to respect nature and the beautiful resources of the island. I’d recommend picking up the magazine Vieques insider when you arrive as it’s current and has a great directories of businesses that are all open And ready to serve. You may not be able to find every grocery item you’re used to at home, but there are plenty of grocery stores, restaurants and a farmers market on Tuesday mornings that will get you everything you need and more.
Written February 6, 2022
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Mark Z
10 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
This island is very inconvenient and expensive, and we regretted coming here almost as soon as we arrived. We got here on a ferry but they only let you reserve 20% of the seats online, so we had to take a 5am ferry because that’s what we could get guaranteed tickets for even though on the day of we found there were plenty of seats available on later ferries. When we got to the island, none of the rental car places open until 9am, and there was nowhere to sit in the ferry terminal to wait until then, so we had to wander around in the dark for three hours. A few cafes showed as open on Google but none of them allowed indoor seating. Then, you have to rent a car to get around, but supply is so limited that even golf carts cost more than renting a real car on the main island, the rental places don’t open until 9, and they charge you for a second day if picking up before noon. Our hotel was also twice as expensive as any we stayed in on the main island. There also isn’t anything special about this island besides beaches, which you can see plenty of on the main island, and the bioluminescent bay, which you can do as part of a package tour that is probably much easier and cheaper than coming here yourself.
Written February 21, 2022
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Chad N
Bountiful, UT10 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Do not make plans to Vieques! The ferry is a joke. We bought tickets 2 weeks in advance. We arrived 2 and half hours early for our ferry. They filled the ferry with residents that arrived up to the time of departure and would not let us on. We were at the head of the line while they let all the “residents” cut in front of us. While this happened they kept telling us “everyone will get on the boat, don’t worry.” Then they shut the gate and told us to go sit down and wait for the next ferry. It was all a lie so we wouldn’t be upset and complain while the residents filled the ferry. This was mid-week. (Wednesday). I’ve heard weekends are worse. You will be treated as a second-class person. AVOID!
Written March 31, 2021
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Nancy C
12 contributions
Nov 2022
We just back from Vieques, and it was pretty miserable. The main draw for us (we were invited along with other family members) was the Bio Bay. Unfortunately, we were there during rainy season, and full moon, so we were told there was "slim to none" chance of seeing the luminescent dinoflagellates.
Due to storms, the beaches were covered in seaweed, and the waves pretty rough, though my husband did go snorkeling one day, at El Gallito Beach, and saw some pretty fish.
It really seemed 3rd world, with the terrible roads/tons of potholes. The toilet in our rental was unusable for other than urine, for 5 of the 7 days.
It was 85 degrees, and extremely high humidity, so pretty miserable to be out during the day.
We did climb Monte Pirata, despite the warnings of prosecution (locals said it was OK).
Locals seemed to have no pride in keeping trash off the beaches and keeping their properties looking decent.
The horses were everywhere, many of them looking very bony.
The abandoned US military buildings, and the many warnings about UXO in the wildlife refuge were a bit unnerving. I don't know why the US military didn't clean up their mess, after they left.
The locals were not particularly friendly, but not overtly hostile.
Just not my kind of place, and would not consider returning.
Written November 15, 2022
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jlg1018
Louisville, KY25 contributions
Jun 2022
We recently traveled to Vieques after traveling to Culebra a couple of years ago. It did not disappoint. The beaches were beautiful and we loved the laid back culture. We traveled by air from San Juan and dealing with Cape Air and their notorious cancellations was really the only downside of the trip. We did horseback riding with Esperanza Riding Company and that was great. We split our stay between Malecon House and Hacienda Tamarindo which were both great places to stay. We did the Bio Bay tour through Maleya’s and it was an incredible experience. We also went snorkeling off shore with Salty Spirits which I would highly recommend. The food was also really great. Our favorite places to eat were El Blok, El Quenepo, Bili, Beike, and the vegan dinner at Finca Victoria (go even if you are not vegan - the food is incredible). Favorite beaches were La Chiva, Caracas, and Sun Bay. All 3 have easy access and the water is beautiful and clear.
Written June 21, 2022
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lindasun
Massachusett131 contributions
May 2022
Vieques provides modern essentials (WiFi, roads, etc) but is not overdeveloped - no high rises, no golf courses, with TONS of natural beauty. Many beaches have no one else there. Snorkeling was incredible and right from the shore. Lots of local fun food and drink. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful. Appreciate and support Vieques - the US has not been much of a friend to the island, as you can find out.
Written June 8, 2022
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Olga D
24 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Requires very careful planning. You cant just walk in and rent a car/moped/golf cart. Everything will be sold out at every place you call. Plan way ahead. Without transport your trip will be ruined, driving everywhere by taxi is costly. Taxi from airport to Blue Horizon hotel $20 plus tip. Blue Horizon: dirty bathroom on reception. Amazing view. Flight from main island to Vieques $300 plus per person roundtrip. Check in bag $30. No additional covid test needed.
Written April 11, 2021
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avg joe
2 contributions
May 2021
There is absolutely nothing there to do if you cannot entertain yourself. Went with family and they couldnt wait to leave. Not used to waiting for long periods for everything. No answer calling on phone, noone to greet you at establishments, businesses...etc Is not tourist oriented(however nice the locals).
Written May 16, 2021
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