Don’t visit Fajardo without making time to visit Vieques too! Vieques is the perfect spot to get away from the chaos of everyday life and slow things down. This gorgeous island has a little bit of everything. There’s a lot to do, so you’ll want to plan enough time to see it all. Here are our top picks for the best things to do in Vieques Puerto Rico.
Relax and recharge
There’s no better place to relax and recharge than Vieques, so set aside some time to simply enjoy the Caribbean with your friends and family. Sleep in, lounge around and take things slow. Once you’re in the swing of island life, enjoy all that the island has to offer at your own pace.
Go to the beach
It’s no surprise, there are a ton of incredible beaches on Vieques. The island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. So many, in fact, you can spend two weeks here and not go to the same beach twice. The most popular beaches are Blue Beach, Playa Negra, Media Luna, and Playa la Chiva.
Snorkel and scuba diving
You’ll be hard-pressed to find better snorkeling and scuba diving. Some of the hottest spots to explore are Isla Chiva (you can swim here from Blue Beach) and Pirate’s Cove which is just past Secret Beach. You’re likely to see angelfish, parrotfish, rays, and even hawksbill turtles.
Kayak and try other watersports
Vieques is an awesome place to enjoy watersports. Here, you can kayak, paddleboard, and jet skiing. Or, charter a fishing boat and explore Vieques’s waters with a guide. For a more relaxing outing, rent a catamaran and take a trip around the island during which you’ll sip cocktails and enjoy fine cuisine.
Visit Bioluminescent Bay
Mosquito Bay is one of the best bioluminescent bays in the world and the brightest in the Puerto Rico archipelago. Most agree it’s best experienced at night with a glass-bottomed kayak. Pro tip: When planning to see this amazing natural wonder, don’t schedule your visit around a full moon. The darker the skies, the better. The dinoflagellates will appear especially vibrant against dark skies.
In Vieques, there are plenty of sights to see. Birdwatching is popular and it’s estimated that in just one week you can see more than 60 species of birds. If birds aren’t your thing, you can visit Fortin Conde de Marisol, a Spanish fort completed in 1855 that has been restored. Not only is it a great place to learn about the history of the island, it’s also home to several beautiful works of art. If you’re an art buff, there are two additional galleries on the island you shouldn’t miss: Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery and Luna Loca Art Gallery and Gift Store.
Did you know horses run wild on Vieques? They do and they are a beautiful sight to see! There are many places you can horseback ride on the island – on the beach or through trails. It’s one of the best ways to see the island.
Get ready to enjoy views of the stars the likes of which you’ve never seen! There are only 10,000 residents who live on the island and that means there’s very little light pollution. So, grab beach blanket and head to the beach for some first-class stargazing. Bring binoculars or a telescope for an enhanced view.
Hike and bike
There are plenty of trails to hike or bike on across the island. You can rent a bike here, or you can bring your own on the ferry. Avid hikers, try the National Wildlife Refuge and the Vieques Hidden Trails for extra special hiking. Trek to the lighthouse or check out Monte Pirata.
Visit the ceiba tree
Luckily the 300-year-old ceiba tree is recovering well after hurricanes Irma and Maria. This symbol of strength and longevity is a site you won’t want to miss. Often, herds of wild horses graze nearby. It’s a really special spot to visit.
Vieques and other nearby Puerto Rican islands can be reached by ferry in 90 minutes or by plane in 10 minutes. And Puerto Rican island excursions are definitely worth the trip. Not sure when to visit or the best way to get there? No problem. At the Fajardo Inn, we’ll help you plan your island adventures and get you there. For more information about the best things to do in Vieques Puerto Rico, visit our Puerto Rico Island page.