Only a short ferry ride away from the main land lies Vieques, a beautiful island off the east coast of Puerto Rico. Together with the smaller sister island of Culebra they are known as the Spanish Virgin Islands, not far from the US and British Virgin Islands.

Both Vieques and Culebra are integral parts of Puerto Rico as municipalities. The language is Spanish, although English is widely spoken. Being Puerto Rico is part of the United States, visitors coming from North American don’t need a passport or visa.

It’s nicknamed “La Isla Nena” or the girl island. It’s located about 10 miles off the east coast of Puerto Rico.

from 1943 to 2003, Vieques was used by the US Navy for military exercises and held a great part of the island territory. After years of pressure by local residents and many Puerto Ricans, the Navy left the island. Now the whole island is a paradise for tourists that come to enjoy the natural exotic beaches, far from big resorts and crowds of people.

The white sand beaches, the clear waters and the attitude of the locals make this island a real paradise. Many locals and visitors are trying to resist development that will change the look and feel of this tropical heaven.

There are two important towns, Isabel Segunda and Esperanza.

Pristine Beaches

Red Beach, Garcia Beach, and Blue beach are full of marine life that is ideal for Caribbean Snorkeling. Orchid Beach is great for surfing. Sombe or Sun Bay is where the facilities of “El Balneario” are. It has many facilities for visitors. Mosquito Bay is a phosphorescent beach due to a phenomenon caused by millions of a tiny glow in the dark organisms.

On your next Puerto Rican vacation, I recommend a visit to Vieques. You can fly there from San Juan’s International Airport on a quick 20 minute flight. There are also some flights from neighboring St. Croix and St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.

You may also drive east from San Juan to Fajardo and take the one hour ferry ride to Vieques. The ferry operates three times a day.

Remember the name Vieques; it is becoming more and more popular as the days go by.

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  1. Camels & Chocolate October 15, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Man, this has been at the top of my Caribbean want-to-visit list for ages. Sounds so amazing.

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    RumShopRyan October 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Just lay on the beach and do nothing at all on a forgotten little island. Sounds perfect!

  3. John Atoll November 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Vieques is the ultimate R&R destination in Puerto Rico and it just so happens that one of the brightest, if not THEE brightest, bioluminescent bay in the world. I just took the kayaking tour and it was amazing. I read all about it in this cool article.

  4. stacee October 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    We just visited Vieques in Feb. I lived in Puerto Rico as a teenager. After my visit back to PR this year, we are now actively searching for a way to relocate with our teenagers to Puerto Rico! I LOVED Vieques

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    RumShopRyan October 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you for the comment Stacee! Vieques and Culebra are beautiful islands I think a lot of people forget about with they visit Puerto Rico. Glad you got the chance to make it over there! Cheers!

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