Vieques Island

Travel Guide
Esperanza

Learn about this island’s fascinating past and explore the stunning secluded beaches on the coastline around the national wildlife refuge.

Vieques Island is an exotic place with an intriguing history and countless beaches. Explore the coves and caves of the dramatic coastline wrapping around this small islet.

Get a sense of the local culture and history by exploring the administrative center of Isabel II. Buy lobster, conch and other seafood at the Fish Market. Visit the 19th-century colonial treasure of El Fortín de Conde Mirasol, the last fort constructed by the Spanish in the Americas. Browse various exhibits that reveal the region’s marine past at El Faro de Punta Mulas lighthouse.

Rent a car and drive south for 15 minutes to get to Esperanza, a delightful town of markets and guest lodges. Visit the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust to understand local history and stroll along the romantic Malecón coastal promenade.

Take advantage of the year-round warm weather in this exotic part of the world, with a trip to the many beaches decorating the island. Expect rainy weather from August to November. In the eastern outskirts of Esperanza is popular Sun Bay, which has a restaurant and several other amenities.

For more secluded options, delve into the coastal parts of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you will find utter tranquility and isolation at Caracas Beach, Pata Prieta Beach and La Chiva Beach.

Note that the island is also known by locals as Little Girl Island and was referred to by British colonists as Crab Island. Internationally, the island is famous for its series of protests against the U.S. Navy’s use of the site as a bombing range.

The island is a little east of the main island of Puerto Rico. Get here via one of the regular ferries from Fajardo to the Vieques Ferry Terminal in Isabel II. The boat trip takes about 75 minutes. Get around the island by taxi or rent a car.

Vieques Island offers an ideal vacation spot, with a range of historic sights and relaxing sandy havens.

Where to stay in Vieques Island

Sea Gate Hotel
Sea Gate Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Route 989 Km .04, Vieques
The price is $82 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Vieques hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Fort Conde de Mirasol and Vieques Ferry Terminal. Munoz Rivera Square ...
4.4/5Excellent! (714 reviews)
"The daily cleaning service, good attention to the guest, we didnt like the location directions."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Sea Gate Hotel
Blue Horizon Boutique Resort - Adults Only
Blue Horizon Boutique Resort - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
Carretara 996 Km 4.3, Vieques
The price is $225 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Nestled on the beach, this Vieques hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coconut Beach, Black Sand Beach, and Esperanza Malecon. Sun Bay and Bioluminescent Bay are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (228 reviews)
"Wonderful, restful location and view with quick access to everything Esperanza offers. Fabulous. welcoming helpful staff! Definitely recommended."

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Blue Horizon Boutique Resort - Adults Only
Hacienda Tamarindo
Hacienda Tamarindo
3 out of 5
PR-996, Vieques, PR
The price is $198 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Black Sand Beach and Coconut Beach. Esperanza Malecon and Playa Esperanza are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (126 reviews)
"Exquisite hotel, feels like a private guest home. Breakfast is divine with a different daily special, and the staff could not be more gracious. The hotel Decor is beyond charming, down to every last detail. Would stay here again on my next trip to Vieques."

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Hacienda Tamarindo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Casa San Juan entire apartment+Car in downtown Vieques/WiFi/Hulu
Casa San Juan entire apartment+Car in downtown Vieques/WiFi/Hulu
Vieques, Vieques
The price is $98 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
This family-friendly Vieques apartment building is located by the sea, within a 10-minute walk of Munoz Rivera Square and Vieques Ferry Terminal. Sea Glass Beach ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Great location
"Close to ferry and restaurants. Enjoyed the jeep and was able to visit several beaches. Manuel was responsive and ready to help. Thanks!!"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Casa San Juan entire apartment+Car in downtown Vieques/WiFi/Hulu
Amarilla Casita In Vieques With Wifi
Amarilla Casita In Vieques With Wifi
Vieques
Located in Puerto Ferro, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Munoz Rivera Square, Vieques Ferry Terminal, and Bioluminescent Bay. Fort Conde de Mirasol ...
4.3/5Excellent! (11 reviews)
La Casita Amarilla 4/2021
"My family and I enjoyed our stay here. The kids loved waking up to the horses on the property; they have a way with animals...they were able to pet the horses. Close to necessary amenities and when the kids wanted pizza for dinner it was delivered with no issues. Our overall stay was very pleasant. ..."

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Amarilla Casita In Vieques With Wifi
Modern Oasis On Tropical
Modern Oasis On Tropical
Vieques
The price is $195 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Puerto Ferro, this apartment building is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Munoz Rivera Square and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Vieques Ferry Terminal. Bioluminescent Bay ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Uuu
"Great host great location"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2021

Modern Oasis On Tropical
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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