Publico Transportation. Leaves from the Publico terminal
in Rio Piedras and is cumbersome but if you are able to get to
Rio Piedras before 1 PM (weekdays) you could try this. The public
bus system rarely allows passengers with luggage but I have seen
backpackers with their backpacks take the bus to Rio Piedras and
then catch the Publico to Fajardo. and then another Publico to
Playa Fajardo, where the ferry terminal is. An early start is
essential! and the same going back. To get to San Juan by public
transportation you need to start by taking the 6:30 AM ferry from
Vieques ( or 6:30 AM from Culebra)
in Fajardo. If your flight arrives in San Juan too late to
get the 4:30 PM ferry to Vieques or Culebra (weekdays and 6 PM
weekends) then it might suit you to spend the night in Fajardo.
There is a lot to see around Fajardo. The El Yunque rainforest,
Luquillo Beach, sailing to Icacos Key. The nicest place to stay
in Fajardo is the Fajardo Inn. The most economical place to stay
would be the Hotel Delicias by the docks. (clean, AC, TV $45.
for one $60. for two). The Golf and Casino Resort, 'El Conquistador'
is also just outside of Fajardo.
ferry schedule and taxi info from San Juan to Vieques.
You are not allowed to take a rental car on the cargo ferries.*
* It is much more advisable to rent a jeep once you are on Vieques.
You need a jeep for the beautiful beaches, not a car