Culebra & Vieques

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Just seven miles off the east coast of Puerto Rico lies Vieques, a rustic island of lush verdant mangroves and forests, idyllic beaches and a glow-in-the-dark aquatic wonder of the world that must be seen to be believed.

Vieques is affectionately known in Puerto Rico as Isla Nena (“Baby Girl Island”) and is equally beloved by locals and visitors. It is truly a destination to unwind, slow down to island time, and beach-hop, swim and snorkel your way through life.

A mere 21 miles long by 5 miles wide, Vieques has only two small districts: Isabel II, where the ferries dock, and Esperanza, a beachfront hangout with a boardwalk, quaint guesthouses, and restaurants.

The United States Navy has played an important role in shaping Vieques. It controlled the majority of the island for over 50 years, which kept Vieques largely undeveloped. As a result, the island has remained a pristine paradise for visitors to explore and enjoy.

Top Attractions

  1. Mosquito Bay

    Vieques’s crown jewel is Mosquito Bay, recognized as the brightest bio bay by the Guinness Book of World Records. A visit to this rare ecosystem is an unforgettable experience as visitors can kayak or take an electric pontoon boat out into the bay to watch the surrounding water glow neon green in the dark.

  2. Vieques Wildlife National Refuge

    The eastern shore of Vieques contains the largest national wildlife refuge in the Caribbean, covering half of the island. Once inside, you can spend all day hiking and beach hopping to explore incredible white sands and crystalline waters.

  3. Esperanza & Sunbay Beach

    The Esperanza district is the island’s premier beachfront hangout and is located next to Sunbay, Vieques’s main public beach, which complies with all facilities and is listed as a Blue Flag, environmentally-friendly beach.

  4. Fuerte El Conde Mirasol

    Vieques’s only fort is the island’s cultural focal point. Located atop a hill in Isabel II, the fort hosts frequent exhibitions and offers great panoramic views.

  5. Ceiba Tree

    Vieques is full of ceiba (silk cotton) trees, but if you ask the locals where the ceiba tree is, they will guide you to one in particular. Located by Mosquito Pier, it’s more than 300 years old and probably the most photographed plant on the island.

17 miles east of mainland Puerto Rico and nine miles north of Vieques lies Culebra, Puerto Rico’s resplendent diamond in the rough. Besides the tiny town of Dewey and a small airport, Culebra is mostly a smattering of private homes, green hills and beaches. The island is home to a few thousand year-round residents, a seasonal destination for nesting turtles, and a low-key Eden for tourists who seek something different. It also boasts Flamenco Beach, arguably one of the best in the world.

Top Attractions

  1. Flamenco Beach

    A picture-perfect of white sand framed by green rolling hills, is one of the most beautiful places in all of Puerto Rico. This is a large beach that comfortably accommodates the sun seekers who come for its tranquil, multi-hued water and wide beachfront. The Discovery Channel named it the second most beautiful beach in the world. TripAdvisor named it one of the five best beaches on Earth.

  2. Cayo Luis Peña Natural Reserve

    The Reserve includes beaches, reefs and keys with the most impressive spots for snorkeling and scuba diving. The most popular beaches to explore are Carlos Rosario & Tamarindo, where you will find a healthiest coral reefs teeming with fish and diversity marine life.

  3. Culebrita Island

    Culebrita is a tiny islet close to Culebra. It has lovely beaches, a natural salt water pool and hiking trails that lead you to the old lighthouse, the only manmade structure in Culebrita.

By air

Both Vieques Airport (VQS) and Cuelebra Airport (CPX) are accessible via flights from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), the smaller yet centric Isla Grande Airport (SIG) in San Juan, and the new Ceiba Airport (RVR) on the east coast.

  1. Air Sunshine

    From San Juan International Airport (SJU) to Vieques Airport (VQS)

    Website (787) 791-8900
  2. Cape Air

    From San Juan International Airport (SJU) to Vieques Airport (VQS)

    Website (800) 352-0714
  3. Air Flamenco

    From San Juan International, Isla Grande, and Ceiba Airports to Culebra and Vieques airports

    Website (787) 724-1105
  4. Vieques Airlink

    From Isla Grande and Ceiba Airports to Culebra and Vieques airports

    Website (787) 741-8331
  5. Isla Nena Air Service

    From Ceiba Airport to Culebra and Vieques Airports

    (787) 742-0972
  6. MN Aviation

    Website (787) 741-3911
  7. Seaborne Air Shuttle

    (787) 977-5044
  8. Air America Caribbean

    Website 787-276-5669

Both Vieques Airport (VQS) and Cuelebra Airport (CPX) are accessible via flights from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), the smaller yet centric Isla Grande Airport (SIG) in San Juan, and the new Ceiba Airport (RVR) on the east coast.

By sea

  1. Fajardo Ferry Terminal

    Itinerary and fares
  1. Abe's Snorkeling and Bio-Bay Tours

    Abe's Tours, Vieques

    Attractions: Mosquito Bay, Vieques

    Website (787) 435-1362
  2. Aquafari Culebra Kayaking and Snorkeling

    Kayaking Puerto Rico, Culebra

    Attractions: Culebra Island, Tamarindo Beach, Playa Tamarindo, Cayo Luis Peňa

    Activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling, Swimming

  3. Bioluminescent Bay Tour

    Abe's Snorkeling & Bio Bay Tours, Vieques

    Attractions: Mosquito Bio Bay

    Activities: Kayaking

  4. Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay Tour

    Abe's Snorkeling & Bio Bay Tours, Vieques

    Attractions: Mosquito Bio Bay

    Activities: Kayaking

  5. Culebra Diving and Snorkeling Tours

    Culebra Divers, Culebra

    Attractions: Culebra Island

    Activities: Scuba Diving

  6. Culebra SeaVenture Kayaking and Snorkeling

    Culebra Island Adventures, Culebra

    Attractions: Culebra Island, Tamarindo Beach, Luis Peña Cay, Cayo Luis Peña

    Activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling, Swimming

  7. Culebra Snorkeling Getaway

    East Island Excursions, Culebra

    Attractions: Culebra Island, Carlos Rosario, Cayo Luis Peña

    Activities: Sailing, Catamaran, Snorkeling, Swimming

  8. Culebra Snorkeling Tour: Full Day Tour & Culebrita Island

    Aqua Adventure, Culebra

    Attractions: Culebrita Beach, Culebra Island, Luis Peňa Natural Park, Cayo Luis Peňa

    Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming

  9. Culebra: Turtles N' More

    Culebra Island Adventures, Culebra

    Attractions: Culebra Island, Tamarindo Beach, Luis Peña Cay, Cayo Luis Peña

    Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming

  10. Explore the Coral Reefs of Cayo Afuera

    Abe's Snorkeling & Bio Bay Tours, Vieques

    Attractions: Cayo de Afuera

    Activities: Kayaking, Snorkeling

  11. Sail the island of Vieques

    Marauder Sailing Charter, Vieques

    Attractions: Vieques Island

    Activities: Sailing

  12. Vieques Historical and Cultural Tour

    Kiani Tours, Vieques

    Attractions: Vieques Island

    Activities: Sightseeing

  13. Vieques Mountain Bike Nature Tours

    Vieques Adventure Company, Vieques

    Attractions: Vieques Island

    Activities: Biking, Mountain Bike,

  14. Vieques Sightseeing Tour

    Vieques Tours & Transportation, Vieques

    Attractions: Vieques Island

    Activities: Sightseeing

  15. Melaya's Tours

    Bio bay kayak tours; snorkeling & Jet Ski rentals.

    Email Website (787) 222-7055
  16. Culebra Concierge

    We are a unique vacation provider with a group of local merchants that will make your stay more enjoyable.

    Email Website (787) 742-3000
  17. El Viequense Sea Tours

    Live a fun day trip through the coastal waters of Vieques Island from the perspective of a “viequense” local captain and crew who knows the authentic history & secrets of each visited place.

    Email (787) 925-2101
  18. JAK Water Sports & Rental

    AK Water Sports and Rental offer the following tours: Bioluminescent Bay Tour on Clear Bottom Kayaks at night; Kayak, paddle board, snorkeling, sightseeing tours and charter Boat. during daylight.

    Website Email (787) 644-7112
  19. Vieques Island Power Cat

    Catamaran trip in Vieques. Beach hopping, snorkeling & paddleboarding.

    Website Email (787) 980-9978

Culebra

  1. Club Seabourne

    Culebra

    Website (787) 742-3169

Vieques

  1. Casa Amistad

    Vieques

    Website (787) 247-1017
  2. Great Escape

    Vieques

    Website (787) 376-4927
  3. Hacienda Tamarindo

    Vieques

    Website (787) 741-8525
  4. Hix Island House

    Vieques

    Website (787) 741-2302
  5. Malecon House

    Vieques

    Website (787) 741-0663
  6. Sea Gate Guest House

    Vieques

    Website (787) 741-4661
  7. W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island

    Vieques

    Website (787) 741-4100
  8. Villa Coral Guest House

    Vieques

    Website (787) 981-6335

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