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best way to get to Vieques

We're a family of three, including a 3 year old. We have three nights in Vieques---but, werent' really sure if we should take a ferry, or a flight. Ferry would be obviously cheaper, but how do we book it? Does it take long on a ferry to Vieques, and from where do we catch it? And most importantly...is it safe for a pregnant woman and a 3 yr old? (choppy waters?)

For the flight option...we were thinking Cape Air...but would you recommend it from San Juan or another airport?

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11. Re: best way to get to Vieques

We were just in Vieques a few days ago and let me tell you the ferries are quite the experience!

There are now two different kinds of boats you can take, the traditional "lancha" which is a passenger boat and takes about an hour and forty five minutes to get to Vieques. Then there is a cargo boat, run by a private company they brought in to pick up the slack of the ferry employees who are not dependable. The cargo ferry was retro-fitted to carry passengers. You go into this loud, dark room with no windows and the ride takes less than one hour, so the boat is going pretty fast.

After that experience for the way over, we decided it was NOT worth the hassle for the return trip. We booked one-ways to Ceiba with Vieques Air Link and paid $32 each person for one way. TOTALLY worth it! Plus the views are amazing!

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Can't argue there. If you don't mind the cost flying is the best way to get to Vieques or Culebra.

Fifteen minutes and you're there.

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The Cargo Ferry is not new. It's been in service for decades.

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The cargo ferry was also not retrofitted to carry passenger. It was originnaly designed to carry both.The discribed boat was designed for a much rougher passage carrying supplies and workers to the gulf if meico oil rigs.

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15. Re: best way to get to Vieques

i never experienced the ferry being 1 3/4 hrs. it is anywhere from 45 to 75 minutes usually.

also, for anyone reading this looking for advice, returning on the ferry is usally much less stressful. The boarding in Fajardo can be really tough to deal with. I say fly to and ferry back if money is an issue. but flying both ways is best.

Edited: 10:58 am, May 31, 2013
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