Vieques, Puerto Rico

First Happy New Year to everyone!  Sorry I haven’t been posting for awhile.  I enjoyed a nice Christmas break with my family.  Our boys absolutely loved Christmas.  I hope this new year brings everyone much happiness.

I’ve talked about how I lived in Puerto Rico for a year and a half in other posts.  In one of the posts, I made mention of Culebra and Vieques.  They are smaller Puerto Rican islands.  Vieques used to be the home of a US military base until 2003. 

If you are looking for a more secluded Carribean vacation, you should consider Vieques.  I spent a weekend there with my coworkers back in 1999 and it was one of my favorite weekends of my time in Puerto Rico.  It was so relaxing since it wasn’t crawling with tourists and it wasn’t over-developed.  We rented Jeeps and stayed at a remote B&B.  In 2008, Travel & Leisure named Vieques the Best Island in the Carribean, Bermuda and the Bahamas.

If you decide to take a trip to Vieques, you may feel like you’re stepping back in time when you try to find information about the island and book reservations.  Many of the hotels, rental car companies and restaurants do not have web sites.  Don’t let this deter you.  I think this is part of the reason that the island is still so remote and such a great find. 

The Vieques Travel Guide web site is a great start for planning your trip.  It gives you information about the options you have to the island, lists of various accommodations (B&Bs, luxury villas and resorts), rental car companies, attractions and beaches.  I did a quick review of the web site and it has great information.  I like that it gives you the different options of how to get to the island (make sure you check out both the Air Services page and the Getting to Vieques page).  My assumption is that most people take flights from San Juan Airport because it’s easier.  When we went to Vieques, we flew from Ceiba Airport to Vieques.  You could also take a ferry from Fajardo.  I can’t say what would be the best for you.  It really depends on your plans.  If you’re not planning on visiting the main island, you probably will want to book flight from San Juan (SJU) to Vieques (VQS).  However, if you’re going to spend some time on the main island, you might consider flying out of one of the other airports or taking the ferry.

If you’ve never been to Puerto Rico, I’d suggest spending at least a few days on the main island.  Old San Juan and El Yunque (the rain forest) are not to be missed.  In my other posts, I talked about all the other activities you can do on the main island.

If you go to Vieques, do not miss the Bioluminescent Bay!  It is a bay with micro-organisms that glow when touched or shaken.  The best way that I can describe it is it’s like fireflies in the water.  When you go on a tour of the bay, you are allowed to jump in the water and it just glows around you.  You can lie on your back and make “snow angels” in the water.

Also make sure you go scuba diving or snorkeling.  There is information about it on the Things to Do page.

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2 Responses to Vieques, Puerto Rico

  1. leslie says:

    we are considering a family trip to Vieques….we have a 6 year old, 3 year old, and 2 year old. Do you think it is a good spot for a young family? and recommendations on places to stay?

  2. I would say it depends. What kind of vacation do you want? If you want a relaxing family vacation where you do a couple of activities and spend a lot of time at a beach/resort, I’d say it’s definitely a great spot. If you want a location that caters more to families than other groups, I would suggest staying on the main island. I have 2 young boys; a little older than yours. If I was going to stay on Vieques, I would stay at the W. Other accommodations are much smaller in scale. Plus the W Retreat & Spa is located on the water. Many other locations are not.

    If you want more information about the main island, let me know. I wrote about it in other posts, but I could give you more information. If you want to stay around San Juan, I would stay at one of the hotels in Isla Verde. I lived in Isla Verde and the beach there is great. They comb the beach every morning to remove any seaweed that’s washed ashore.

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