THINGS TO DO IN VIEQUES



BEACHES

There are truly so many stunning beaches
it's hard to know where to begin. Click here
for a comprehensive list. They are all
BEAUTIFUL!!!



SNORKELING
There are some terrific places to snorkel (not
just the pool) . The water is incredibly
clear and there are many beautiful coral areas.
Last year we saw a sand shark. Andrew, Greg
and Ryan were way more excited about that
than Jodi who at that point thought it
might be time to get out of the water.
Click here for more info about snorkeling
and SCUBA dives.



KAYAKING
Many fantastic tours -- this is us last year
kayaking through the mangroves. After that
we swam in the bio-bay.

BIO-BAY
A truly magical experience. There are
several tours available.

SCOOTER RENTAL
It's so much fun to see the island on a
scooter. Reserve in advance!
Xtreme Scooter Rental
(787) 435-9395

La Dulce Vida
(787) 435-3557
Martineau Car Rental
(787) 741-0087, (787) 741-3948 (Bikes)

MANY MORE OPTIONS

Horseback Riding

Fishing


Vieques Island is about 21 miles long and 5 miles across. It the eastern most island of the Puerto Rican Archipelago, sometimes referred to as the Spanish Virgin Islands. Since the US Navy left the island in 2003, 60+% of the island has become the largest Wildlife Sanctuary in the Caribbean under the protection of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The Sanctuary lands are open from Dawn til Dusk, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean are on this property.

The population of Vieques is about 9,400 and is an island-municipality of Puerto Rico, which is a Commonwealth. As an Associated Free State it is a democracy, which governs itself subject to the Constitution of the United States.

The currency is the U.S. dollar, major credit cards are accepted in most establishments. There is an ATM at the local bank in downtown Isabel II, another one at the El Molino, a little grocery store on the main street in Downtown, and a third one at La Viequense Panaderia & Deli also in Downtown.

There is no sales tax in Puerto Rico but there is a 5% jewelry tax and a 9% hotel tax, 11% if the hotel has a casino, 7% for paradores.

The postal service is U.S. Postal Service.

English is spoken by most locals (Spanish is the spoken language of choice although there are two official languages Spanish and English).

Most (if not all) cell phone companies operate on the island. The coverage is weak on the extreme east or west sides of the island because the population is located in the center and that's where the antennas are located too. The signals are weak on the beaches beyond Sun Bay in the south.

No passport is required for American citizens but foreign nationals should have valid passports and visas (for more information call the Puerto Rico Department of State at 787 722-2121).

The electrical current is the same as in the U.S., 110-220 volts, 60 Hz. The temperature does not fluctuate outside the 60-90 degrees.

The average temperature has been quoted by different sources to be 79 F (National Climatic Data Center, 1994) or 82 F from November to May with an average beach temperature of 80 F in summer and 76 F in the winter (PR Tourism Company, Feb-Mar 2005). There are constant mild easterly trade winds. Rain season is from August to November although it seldom rains continuously. Click here for the current 5 day forecast.

The time is Atlantic Standard Time (AST) all year. Daylight savings time is not observed. This is one hour later than U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST) from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in April, and the same as Eastern Daylight Saving Time from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October.

The legal age for drinking in Puerto Rico is 18. It is illegal to have an open alcohol container in the car. Seatbelts are required for all passengers and the police are in the lookout for that. Observe posted speed limits, specially around downtown.

The Police Station is in downtown, 787 741-2020 or 787 741-2121, next to the Middle School. If you have an emergency of any type dial 911.

All health care facilities and pharmacies are located in Downtown Isabel II, in the north side. Farmacia (pharmacy) San Antonio 787 741-839, on Calle Benitez Guzman across from the Tourism Office; and Isla Nena Pharmacy on the main street across from the bank, 787 741-1906 (temporarily closed). The local clinic, CDT Susana Centeno is on road 997 close to the entrance to Isabel II. The clinic has a 24 hour emergency room and labor and delivery service.