Islands of Puerto Rico
These nearby Islands of Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques, are well worth the trip to see! They can be reached by taking a 90 minute scenic ferry ride, or a 10 minute plane ride. There you can find a variety of shops, restaurants, beautiful beaches and sites that you will not find anywhere else.
Culebra, the closer and smaller of the two islands, is located about 25 miles off the east coast of Puerto Rico and about 10 miles north of Vieques. You may also hear it called Isla Chiquita or “Little Island.” In September 1882, construction of the Culebrita Lighthouse, about 3.5 miles off Culebra, began and it was the oldest operating lighthouse in the Caribbean until the United States Navy and Coast Guard closed it in 1975.
Today, Culebra is a popular weekend destination for Puerto Ricans and tourists alike. Culebra’s other visitors include the 50,000 birds that flock to the island to mate and take care of their young. The island is home to a National Wildlife Refuge and nature reserves and activities that could disturb the refuge or animals protected by it are prohibited.
In Culebra, you should visit Flamenco Beach during your visit: it’s about a mile long and rarely crowded, with plenty of great areas to go snorkeling and look at coral. Other beaches in Culebra include Brava, Resaca and Zoni. All of them are great for diving and snorkeling.
Vieques, part of the Spanish Virgin Islands, is also another favorite nearby island with beautiful white sandy beaches and is always rated among the top beaches in the Caribbean. Many of the beaches were named during the United States control of the area and still retain those names today. Red Beach and Blue Beach are just a few examples.
On Vieques, you can find beautiful palm-lined beaches such as Sun Bay, Media Luna and Navio. One of the biggest draws of these beaches is the lack of development and that the beaches are undisturbed by construction. Just keep an eye out for the wild paso fino horses that still roam free on the island.
In the town of Esperanza, you can board a boat at night that will bring you by Mosquito Bay or the Bioluminescent Bay. Mosquito Bay has a type of marine plankton that glows green and blue when it is disturbed—a beautiful and eerie sight!
Other nearby islands include: Icacos Island, Isla Palominos, Cayo de Luis Pena, but most visitors enjoy seeing Culebra and Vieques best and transportation to and from the islands is easy.
Ferry Service Itineraries:
Fajardo to Culebra (7 days/week & holidays)
- 9:00 am
- 3:00 pm
- 7:00 pm
Culebra to Fajardo (7 days/week & holidays)
- 6:30 am
- 1:00 pm
- 5:00 pm
Fajardo to Vieques (7 days/week)
- 9:30 am
- 1:00 pm
- 4:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
Vieques to Fajardo (7 days/week)
- 6:30 am
- 11:00 am
- 3:00 pm
- 6:00 pm
A one way ticket to Culebra costs $2.25 per person. A one way ticket to Vieques costs $2.00 per person. Parking is available at the public lot by the ferry dock for about $5.00 per day.
Voyage is about 1 1/2 hours. The cargo ferry also takes passengers. Passengers do not need reservations. However, reservations are required for cars, and car should be at the ferry dock at least one hour before departure. Schedules are subject to change and should be verified ahead of time.
Monday through Friday
- 4:00 am Fajardo – Culebra
- 7:00 am Culebra – Fajardo
- 5:00 pm Fajardo – Culebra
- 6:00 pm Culebra – Fajardo
Wednesday & Friday
- 9:30 am Fajardo – Culebra
- 1:00 pm Culebra – Fajardo
For vehicle and cargo fares, call the Ports Authority as fare is determined by the size of the vehicle.
Puerto Rico Ports Authority
Phone Numbers — Culebra (787) 742-3161
Fajardo (787) 863-0705, (787) 863-0852
Flights on demand to Vieques, Culebra, and Fajardo
Fajardo: 787- 801-8256
Isla Nena Air Service
A Vieques based air taxi, offering flights between Vieques and Fajardo. You may depart from Fajardo at 6 and 7:30 a.m., or noon, 5:15 or 6:15 p.m.
Toll Free 888-263-6213
Offers Vieques to Fajardo flights, departing at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Toll Free 877-622-5566
Vieques Air Link
The first airline in Vieques and serves Vieques, several cities on the “big island” of Puerto Rico, Culebra, the US, and the British Virgin Islands. Offers on demand flights to and from Fajardo to the following places: Vieques, Culebra, St. Croix, and British Virgin Islands.
Toll Free 888-901-9247
Be sure to check out other Fajardo tours and excursions you can enjoy during your next stay at the Fajardo Inn Resort!