Vieques Tourist Places to Visit in Vieques, Puerto Rico, America

Vieques Tourist Places to Visit in Vieques, Puerto Rico, America

Vieques or Isla de Vieques is an island belonging to Puerto Rico, situated around 13 km east of the mainland of Puerto Rico, at 18°07′ N 65°25′ W. It is internationally renowned for spectacular beaches such as Red Beach, Blue Beach and Green Beach.


Geography of Vieques:

Vieques is geographically one of the parts of Spanish Virgin Islands, measuring length of 34 km and width of 6 km with a total area of 348.15 sq. km. Isabel Segunda and Esperanza are the two major towns of the island.


History of Vieques:

Prior to the arrival of the Spanish, Vieques was inhabited by Native Americans and other indigenous people. The Spanish conquered Vieques during the early 16th century and ruled until 1898, when it was captured by the United States along with Puerto Rico Island, by defeating Spanish in the Spanish–American War.


How to reach Vieques?

Vieques is catered by Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport which has services to and from mainland Puerto Rico’s Airport, Isla Grande Airport and the airports of Saint Thomas and Saint Croix.

Also there are frequent ferry services available between Vieques and Fajardo in Puerto Rico and it takes 60-90 minutes and costs $2 per person.

The major car rentals in Vieques include:

  • Chepito’s Car Rentals
  • Marcos Car Rentals
  • Acevedo’s Car Rentals
  • ABREEZE Car Rental

Taxis and bicycles are also available for local travel in Vieques.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Vieques:

Spanish and English are the official languages of Vieques and Spanish is a widely communicated language. The major festivals celebrated in Vieques are:

  • Puerto Rico International Film Festival Vieques (June)
  • Festival de los Reyes Magos (January)
  • Festival Cultural Viequense (April)

Black Beard Sports is an ideal spot for water sport equipment shopping and the list of famous food corners in Vieques are:

  • Chicken King
  • El Quenepo
  • Chez Shack
  • Trade Winds


Things to do in Vieques:

  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Jeep tour


Places of interest in Vieques:

Fuerte de Vieques:

Fuerte de Vieques or El Fortin Conde de Mirasol is a fort which was initially constructed by the Spanish in Isabel Segunda town in the year 1845. It has been converted into a museum in 1991 where tourists can see a great collection of archives related to Vieques’s history. Fuerte de Vieques gained place in the National Register of Historic Places list in 1977.


Punta Mulas Light:

Punta Mulas Light (Faro de Vieques) was a second lighthouse established on Vieques Island (first being Puerto Ferro Light). It was originally built in 1896 and now it exhibits the maritime history of Vieques in the museum.


Sun Bay Beach:

Sun Bay Beach is a splendid white sand beach located in the vicinity of Esperanza town. It is a perfect beach for the whole family, especially for children.


Other places of interest in Vieques:

  • Esperanza Beach
  • The tomb of Le Guillou
  • La Casa Alcaldía
  • The Bioluminescent Bay
  • 300-year-old ceiba tree
  • Puerto Ferro Archaeological Site
  • Hacienda Playa Grande
  • Underground U.S. Navy Bunkers
  • El Fortin Conde de Mirasol


Best time to visit Vieques:

From December to April will be the ideal time to visit Vieques and in the remaining months of the year hurricanes may seem.


Accommodation options in Vieques:

Vieques houses some of the finest hotels in the Caribbean providing top class accommodation facilities to the tourists visiting the island. Luxury hotels charge around $200 per day and list of major hotels and resorts in Vieques are:

  • Beach House Vieques
  • Villa Gallega
  • Casa Dos Chivos
  • Hix Island House Hotel
  • Bravo Beach Hotel
  • Tropical Guest House
  • Sea Gate Hotel
  • Ocean View Hotel
  • Martineau Belle Playa
  • Malecon House
  • Inn on the Blue Horizon
  • Hacienda Tamarindo
  • Crow’s Nest Inn
  • Casa de Amistad
  • Banana’s Guesthouse

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