Isla de Vieques Travel Guide

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Isla de Vieques Things to Do

  • Caracas Beach

    Can there be more a more beautiful beach on the world? Can be,possible. But if you have been to Caracas beach it means you can consider yourself lucky enough to visit one of the World's existing wonders in "Beaches" class. No need to look and spend more for more beautiful. it is simply beautiful enough.Wear a snorkelling gear and just enter the...

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  • Outdoor showers, etc... off the beaten...

    if you love nature and stuff off the beaten path, then this is the place to be: la finca caribe vieques. the place is quite ecologically conscious, there's an outdoor shower that runs hot water via solar panels, lots of green, a small pool... a paradise in itself. i stayed in room with my daughter and slept in the queen size bed while she climbed...

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  • Bioluminescent Bay Adventure

    This Bioluminescent Bay is breathtaking !! It is THE reason we came to Vieques !!! It is one of the only year round bio bays in the entire world. Everything is pitch black and then when you jump off the boat into the water it lights up and sparkles like diamonds, bright light blue !! You can see the fish darting through the water leaving bright...

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  • Pristine White Sand Beaches

    Try a different beach every day !! You will often be the only people on that beach !! Explore the entire island - it is only 5 miles across !! One side of the island is the Caribbean and the other side is the Pacific. The beaches and the water on the Caribbean side are superior !! Just don't go exploring in areas that are clearly closed off to the...

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  • Mangrove Forest

    There are plenty of mangrove forested areas along the edge of the island (at least near Isabel Segunda) and inland, where I spent a couple hours walking around and enjoying a beach before heading back to Fajardo.

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  • More Beaches

    ALthough Red and Blue were definetly my favorite beaches, Sun Bay and Media Luna are great too. Both beaches are right next to each other, so you can go to both on the same day. Sun Bay has a food stand and restrooms (I think its the only beach on the island with a food stand).Both beaches have great soft sand and beautiful water. Media is more...

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Isla de Vieques Restaurants

  • Creative Cuisine

    Bili is located in Esperanza on the main drag, right across from oceanfront. The chef has won numerous awards and the food was very fresh and creative. The decor was Euro-modern and the sandwich wraps were a great hit with all of us. You can mix and match several wraps on one order. I tried the fish wrap, which had a tasty chutney in it and the egg...

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  • Delicious Caribbean Lobster

    Topacio was my favorite restaurant on Vieques Island. In fact, we ate there 3 times !! The chef made an incredible lobster dish, sauteed with onions and peppers(and I'm certain a lot of butter !!) It was served with rice and fried plantains. Delicious !! The young waitresses were sweet and helpful. Coconut flan was a tasty dessert !! Service can be...

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  • Delicious Coffee and Snacks

    Roy's had tasty coffee drinks, lattes, etc. as well as delicious croissant breakfast sandwiches with eggs and cheese. The pink building is very striking and there is a lovely garden patio in the back and a few hotel rooms upstairs. WIFI available. Cocktails, coffee, light fare. The Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches and Lattes

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  • Fresh Coconut Milk

    Stop at the produce stand for a fresh "Coco Frio" - a tasty fresh coconut with the top hacked off, ready to drink !! Coco Frio and plantain chips

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  • Braekfast and Lunch

    The sandwiches were very good. It was a nice morning walk from Amistad (half mile). Seats were always full, so we walked back to the guest house and ate. If you have a fridge, buy another sandwich for later. Jamon,, huevo y queso en pan agua.

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  • Holy hamburgers, Batman!!

    We had just come back from a beautiful day at the beach and wanted something quick and cheap to eat, especially since we blew 100 bucks the night before on dinner. Alright, alright- maybe the 10 or so rum punches we had between us jacked up the bill a bit, ya think? Anyway, we were stayin' a few doors up from Bananas so it seemed a good choice.We...

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Isla de Vieques Nightlife

  • Beachfront Bar

    Island casual - anything goes !! T-shirts, shorts, sarongs, sundresses....I think you would probably get laughed out or kicked out for dressing up !!

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  • Steph's place of employment

    This is where I spent a good deal of time. Conveniently, the three major bars are all located right beside each other, so people just shift. They also serve food, I had the grilled fish sandwich and since the caribbean is about 10 feet away, you know it's fresh:) I know the food is pretty good here, but the drinking is even better. When you know...

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  • Next to Steph's place of employment

    On the nights that there isn't much going on at Amapola, people just move next door to Banana's. Another open air bar facing the ocean, the chairs are more comfortable and the bar is lower, but that's about the only difference...I guess the set up is a little more island hut like:) This is more of a burger joint, though...so the prices to eat here...

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Isla de Vieques Transportation

  • Rent a car in Vieques - Avoid Marcos car...

    I rent a car with marcos car rental in august 2010, I returned it the day after, I paid and everything was allright. The surprise came a few days later when I realized at home that they had charged me 500$ extra without let me know and without any reason.Avoid them, there are plenty of companies in the island. They are pirates in the car rental...

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  • Ferry

    Oh my goodness- talk about an adventure.We purchased a round trip ticket $4.00 per person on the ferry. This trip is usually 45 min. - 1 hour one way, it took us 90 min. to get there. We should of listed to our inner instinct, the weather had been okay. Light sprinkles, overcast- a tropical depression about 1100 miles east. I managed to keep it in,...

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  • JetBlue & the Ferry

    Both times i went to Puerto Rico, I flew Jetblue to the San Juan international airport. always a great experience! The airline is affordable and incredibly polite in terms of customer service.From San Juan, we took a cab to Fajardo, which cost about $50. Cabs are abundant at the airport, so there's no problem finding one.From Fajardo, we took the...

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Isla de Vieques Shopping

  • Wonderful gift shop in Isabel Segundo

    The merchandise is hand made. There is a lot of jewelry and crafts. The owners are very friendly and accomodating. Jewelry, photography, hand made crafts. QUALITY items to buy for yourself or take home as souvenirs. Prices vary but are very, very reasonable

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  • Souvenirs

    There are a few little shops and open stalls in Esperanza selling some items of interest - the handmade bottle cap key chains were unique. A few postcards are available. Not too many items to buy, so you can save your money !! In Isabel, there is a little gift shop where I found some fun Indian earring for $5 us per pair. Not a lot of souvenirs to...

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  • Try local produce!

    Side walk vendor Where ever I go, I always eat as the locals eat. So when a vendor greeted the boat selling quenepas, I had to purchase a string! These fruits grown on trees and taste good. I can not remember the taste, however I would eat fresh quenepas over lychees any day! one dollar

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Isla de Vieques Local Customs

  • Need a horse? Hit a horse!

    Now, I don't know how accurate this is, but I have seen the horses, I have seen the damage to the vehicles, and I have seen people claim the horses as their own, tie them up to their cars, to their porches, ride them into town, everything. Oh, I've seen it all when it comes to wild horses in Vieques (not true, I just wanted to sound like an...

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  • I really wish I had a picture of this...

    In PR, apparently people don't read advertisements, so the government has funded an alternative. These giant utility trucks with huge speakers on the sides that announce everything going on. Specials at restaurants, clubs or stores and they will even announce obituaries as if they are reading from the classified ads in a newspaper. Unfortunately,...

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  • Drinking:)

    Alcohol is allowed everywhere. Stop in the bar and grab a drink and take it with you. Being from Pennsylvania, this is a little unusual, but very liberating. Of course, I've been to New Orleans where this is okay too, but still, I appreciate any place that lets me walk out with my drink. Medalla is the PR beer--it's okay...for $1.50 or something a...

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Isla de Vieques Warnings and Dangers

  • Go to Bio bay in a dark night for sure

    Do not take the expensive Bio bay tour if it is full moon, or close to full ,especially if the sky is bright with no clouds and a lot of stars. The magical bio effect is lost too much under light. Try to get the tour when it is as dark as possible,rainy, no moon etc.. Don't forget,swimming is not allowed anymore and it erases most of the magic.

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  • Animals on the Road

    When driving on Vieques please be aware of the animals that seem to come out of nowhere !! There are lots of wild horses roaming the island and many of the streets are not well lit at night...so....horse + darkness + driving = potential for disaster !! Stay alert and watch out for these beautiful creatures !!

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  • Unexploded Ordnances

    Do not go wandering off into areas clearly marked prohibited. The US military occupied the island for a number of years and is embarking on a major cleanup of military waste, unexploded ordnances and the like, which should take the next decade at least.

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Isla de Vieques What to Pack

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    by PA2AKgirl Written Mar 28, 2004

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't worry about bringing aloe. I got sunburnt and this guy told me he would bring me some. What he did was just cut down the plant outside and bring it to me.

    Miscellaneous: Next time I go, I will arrive wrapped in mosquito netting. I will sleep in it, I will walk around in it. Well, not really. But I do advise bringing some and some repellant and some anti itch stuff.

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Isla de Vieques Sports & Outdoors

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    by lonestar_philomath Written Jul 6, 2007

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    Rent a boat and sail around the islands, or better yet, build one yourself! There is plenty of unspoiled areas to go scuba diving but just take pictures. Please do not remove anything living off the sea floor.

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    • Beaches
    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Water Sports

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Isla de Vieques Favorites

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    by PA2AKgirl Written Mar 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Vieques doesn't get TOO many tourists, so there's only a few things that are for tourism specifically. There's a little information center in Esperanza, a small museum and then the lighthouse in Isabel Segunda. It's called El Faro de Punta Mulas and it was built in 1896...other than that, there's not really much to say about it. There's a museum contained within the grounds but who knows when they are open. I think you can go inside the lighthouse, but when we were there, it wasn't an option. I do recommend taking the short walk here to see the sunset if you're going to be in town. The view is pretty nice:)
    In addition to these things, the former military base is now owned by Fish and Wildlife. They've opened up a few places that used to be closed to the public but since bombs and other weapons were tested here, they have to do some cleaning up first. Money and qualified employees seem to be the biggest issues with that.

    Fondest memory: I really liked the fact that you had to discover things on your own. I mean, people do come here for the BioBay, to see the wild horses, the beaches, the snorkling and diving, but these are mostly independent actvities. A lot of the island isn't developed and as soon as the Fish and Wildlife Service is able to open up the old base, it's going to be great:) It will all be protected so you'll be able to explore much more of the island without having to worry about development.

    the lighthouse

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