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Just six miles off the coast of mainland Puerto Rico, the little-known island of Vieques sits in striking contrast to its frequently visited and built up neighbor. It has undergone many changes since the US Navy ended military operations here in 2003, and now it attracts visitors who come for its pristine beaches and laid-back island vibe.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…at the luxe but rustic W Retreat & Spa Resort
  • Experience…the island’s bioluminescent bay on a nighttime kayak tour
  • Splurge…at Siddhia Hutchinson’s fine art gallery featuring Caribbean artwork
  • Eat…at chef Buddy Stone’s global restaurant Next Course
  • Drink…a fresh watermelon margarita at Tin Box
  • Savor…the island’s national dish mufongo
  • VisitGlass Beach, a tiny stretch of sand known for its smooth stones and sea glass
  • See…the sea turtles that come to lay their eggs on the beaches in winter
  • Shop…the Placita Reyes farmers’ market, held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • Know…that as an Indagare member you can contact our Bookings Team for customized recommendations and itineraries

Lay of the Land

Still mostly undiscovered, Vieques maintains a laid-back island atmosphere that can be hard to find on more developed Caribbean islands, which makes it the ideal destination for the do-it-yourself traveler. If the idea of exploring the island in a Jeep Wrangler on your own and passing by fields of roaming wild horses is your idea of bliss, then this is a spot for you. The main seaside village, Esperanza, has shopping and a low-key nightlife scene in local bars and restaurants. The island’s other town, Isabel Segunda, also offers several shops and restaurants.

Scattered throughout the island are white sandy beaches that offer excellent snorkeling and diving. Blue Beach has some of the best marine life and shallow calm waters. Red Beach is also popular among visitors and locals, framed by mountains on one end and rocks on the other with a perfect swimming beach in between.

Getting There

Vieques lies a quick 25-minute flight from San Juan. CapeAir runs a number of flights a day for a range of prices depending on the time of day and year.

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