Left: Vieques is the long island East of PR. Kayaking in the Vieques Mangrove Tunnels
Getting to Vieques FERRY SCHEDULE BELOW.
Vieques is best known for having the brightest biobay in the world. Vieques has no transportation back to mainland Puerto Rico after 6 PM so in order to see the biobay one must either stay the night or do a private charter.
Tourism, government jobs and food stamps are important sources of income for Vieques. Fishing is the traditional main source for many local families. Tourism has risen sharply since the Navy pulled out in 2003. Vieques is one of the more ideal ecotourist destinations in the Caribbean for two reasons:
Attractions center around the Vieques beaches and the worlds most brilliant bioluminescent bay.
Saturday ferries to Culebra are very crowded, be in line a few hours ahead! For Vieques one hour ahead. Same for returning on Sunday afternoon. Not all passengers are able to go on busy days, especially holidays.
Stuck in San Juan overnight?
The hotel at the international airport may be a very convenient place to stay the night; if you're stuck. 'Best Western Airport Hotel' local tel. 787.791.1700. . . . Traveling with a pet? Try 'Green Isle Inn' close to the airport. Tel. 787.726.4330 ($79. to $99.) .
Local Island Airlines to Vieques:
Vieques Air Link tel. 1-888-901-9247 or in Vieques: 787-741-8331. VAL has the most flights and offers the most service. Ceiba Airport Tel. 787- 534-4221.
• Air Sunshine Call 800-327-8900, 787 741-7900 Vieques,
• M&N Aviation 787 722-0775 Isla Grande 787 741-3911 or 741-3912 Vieques Station 787 791-7008 or 7090 International Airport 787 253-0866 Reservation
Fly from the nearby Isla Grande Airport in San Juan to
Vieques ( about half the price) : Vieques Air Linl
Archeological Sites ... VISIT THE the VCHT or Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust in Esperanza. Help them help the youth of Vieques through educational programs. They also have a small shop and mini museum. T. 787-741-8850 VCHT Website
" The Vieques Conservation & Historical Trust is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 and supported by members of the community and interested donors from around the world. It operates thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers and is strictly non-political in nature. The organization is concerned with the protection of the unique archeological, physical and ecological environment existing on Vieques."
ALL NUMBERS START WITH 787-741-
Fort and Museum 'Conde de Mirasol' T. 1717 Open Wednesday through Saturday. 10 AM to 4 PM.
Groceries: There are two main grocery stores on Vieques ( both owned by Morales brothers) and a collection of 'Colmados'. You can purchase anything here on Vieques, on occasion, but not everything all the time. Grocery store hours are 7 AM to 6 - 7 PM, half day on Sundays. Colmados stay open a little later. There is also a, very enterprising, fruit stand on the side of the road.
• Health Food Store is located in Isabel Segunda behind the post office on side street.
Paso Finos Shows are a big event in Vieques. . Weekends in Esperanza the streets are over run with everyone showing off on their horses.
Humane Society Animal adoption and Veterinary Clinic T. 787-741-0209
Isabel Segunda- The main town on Vieques: two banks, and one ATM at Banco Popular. The Post Office, drug stores, 5 restaurants, a few places to stay and some shops. Please note that Vieques is part of the US and uses the American dollar.
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