Restaurants in Downtown (Isabel II)
Conuco Restaurant. Puerto Rican Cuisine. Open for Dinner only from Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 10pm. Reservations recommended. Phone (787) 741-2500.
Restaurant Sabores. Dinner only. Puerto Rican Cuisine and Great Seafood Dishes - Open Wednesday to Sunday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Optional Reservations. Phone (787) 741-7000.
Restaurants in Esperanza
Tin Box located on the road between Isabel II and Esperanza is highly recommended. Raw Bar and Smokehouse in a tree house setting, overlooking organic gardens. Open Tuesday to Saturday 2pm until 10pm. Happy Hour from 4-6 pm. Sunday Brunch 11am until 3pm. Closed Monday.
Duffy's - American and local cuisine. Open for Lunch and Dinner everyday day from 11:00am to 11:00pm. No reservations needed.
El Quenepo - Local cuisine. Open for Dinner daily (except Mondays) from 5:30pm to late hours. Reservations recommended.
Phone (787) 741-1215.
A complete list of Vieques restaurants can be found by clicking on this LINK.
National Wildlife Refuge on the island of Vieques in the Puerto Rico archipelago. It is part of the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge contains several ecologically distinct habitats including; beaches, coastal lagoons, mangrove wetlands, and upland forested areas. Some of excellent examples of sub-tropical dry forest in the Caribbean can be found on refuge lands.
The marine environment surrounding the refuge contains coral reefs and sea grass beds. The refuge and its surrounding waters are home to at least two plants and eight animals on the Federal endangered species list including; the Caribbean West Indian manatee, the Brown Pelican, and four species of sea turtles.
In addition to its ecological value, the refuge contains important resources of archeological and historic significance, legacy of the Taíno culture and sugar cane era.
Bicycling through Vieques is an excellent way to explore the island, by bike you’ll be able to visit some great spots and beaches that can’t be accessed by car. Explore trails beyond the beach, the Old Navy base, visit the Playa Grande Sugar Plantation Ruins and of course some beaches. Through your ride you’ll be close and personal with the lush greens of the islands. Go bicycling for fun under the sun and a great workout.
Rental bicycles can be obtained by contacting Black Beard Sports (787) 141-1892 or Bicycle Rental In Vieques (787) 692-9162.
Horseback riding is one of the most romantic activities in Vieques. Viequenses (locals) love their horses, they proudly ride them around the island, It is one of the things that make this island special. Click here to view a listing of businesses providing Horseback Riding Tours.
The “Fortín Conde de Mirasol” is certainly worth a stop during your visit to Isla de Vieques. “El Fortín” is administered by the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture (ICP). El Fortín Code de Mirasol was built between 1845 and 1855. “El Fortín” (The Fort) is the best place to learn about the island’s history and culture.
The building was restored and it now houses a museum of Viequense Art and history of people dating back to the indigenous times. For more information please call (787) 741-1717.
When you drive around the island you will find it on the way to the Rompeaolas (Mosquito Pier) on the right side of the road. Pictures cannot capture the magnificence of this tree. Please do take a few minutes to appreciate this tree and please show respect to this landmark while visiting.
Faro Punta Mulas was built by Don Juan Puig Cerber in 1895, and it was restored in 1992. As you walk up you will enjoy a beautiful vista of Isabel II, and the colorful boats of fisherman along the beautiful blue waters. You can watch ferry arrive, and in the distance enjoy the views of the main island of Puerto Rico, Culebra, and the islands of St. John and St. Thomas on the eastern side.
Entrance to the lighthouse is free, for more information call (787) 741-0060.
Located on the western coast of the island is the Ruins of Playa Grande Sugar Plantation. The Plantation has been claimed by lush tropical vegetation embracing the brick walls that were closed in the 1940′s after the lands were expropriated by the Navy.
Tours are given by the Conservation Trust Museum in Esperanza, contact them if you would like a tour call (787) 741-8850, reservations are required.
A visit to Mosquito Bay one of the most spectacular Bioluminescent Bays in the world is an aboslute must. It is a magical experience and is best done when there is no full moon.
Abe's Snorkeling and Bio-Bay Tours offer great kayak tours of the Bio-Bay in addition to island snorkeling adventures. The company is listed on Tripadvisor as the most recommended Kayak Company on Vieques.
Vieques Travel is an extremely useful website for discovering anything to do with Vieques Island.
Island Beaches & Weather
Punta Arenas & Green Beach.
In the summer and weekends green beach is lined with yachts from Puerto Rico and St. John enjoying this sunny spot for swimming and some of the best snorkeling on the south side of the beach. Punta Arenas is to the right of green beach at the northwestern tip of Vieques Island where the Caribbean and the Atlantic meet and you can see the two oceans join. The currents are very strong at this point and swimming is not allowed.
Close to the airport and on the west side of the W hotel this Vieques beach has parking right off the road offering easy access. A sandy beach that is great for swimming, surfing and snorkeling. This beach is popular with locals who enjoy its convenience.
La Chata - Surf Beach.
Seasonal breezes across the Atlantic make this beach ideal for surfing. The coral at the shallow part of the beach make it prohibitive for swimming but perfect for snorkeling amongst the sea life in the summer months when the waters of Vieques are calm. Along this tropical beach you can enjoy beautiful views of Culebra and Culebrita during the day or picturesque sunset walks in the late afternoon.
Playuela - Garcia Beach.
A beautiful stretch of tropical beach that is separated from Playa Caracas by a sea cliff. To get there just turn right at the sign on the way to Playa Caracas. It is a bit of a walk from the parking area (approx. 1 mile) however, this is why Playuela is so peaceful.
Playa Caracas - Red Beach.
Easy to reach, this long stretch of beach is convenient for driving up and dipping in. Covered cabanas make this spot ideal for gatherings and picnics. With its turquoise waters, surrounding hills and soft sand it has become a favorite for locals.
Playa Prieta - Secret Beach.
The calm clear waters of this smaller Vieques beach make it an ideal spot to unwind. There is a beautiful coral stretch of beach to the right making this a wonderful place to snorkel. A smaller parking area ensures that there will never be too many people.
La Chiva - Blue Beach.
Expansive Blue Beaches, this long stretch is perfectly picturesque. There is no way to describe the beauty of this beach. You have to see it for yourself. Relax, sunbathe, snorkel along the sandbar and explore this Vieques beach. There are small individual parking areas along the road with entrances to this beach. Look for the sign marked #10 it is a favorite spot where there is a large sandbar and it's shallow forever.
If you are looking for a romantic beach on Vieques Island, this is it—beautiful white sands and turquoise water surrounded by green hills in an intimate cove. With only one access point and room for only two cars, this beach is the ultimate cozy retreat.
Playa La Plata - Orchid Beach.
On a calm day you can see the most amazing shades of blue here. Short walks just beyond both sides of the beach take you to rocky terrain where you can explore the cacti in the drier climate zones. "Plata" means silver in Spanish, so it's also referred to as Silver Beach.
This is a great beach for snorkeling since there is a lot of marine life by the Old Sugar Pier, as well as out by the cay (also known as Cayo Afuera, the small island off the coast). Look for stingrays, spotted eagle rays, turtles, sardines and other sea life here.
Sun Bay Beach.
The first of the public beaches, Sun Bay has restrooms, showers, telephones, plenty of parking and campgrounds. Palm trees line this beach. With picnic tables, accessibility, and facilities, this is the ideal spot for families and picnics. Sun Bay has been awarded the International Blue Flag, an exclusive eco-label award given to beaches and marinas that meet strict criteria for both water quality and environmental management.
Media Luna Beach.
Shallow, secluded and calm, Media Luna (Half Moon) is great for sitting in the serene water and relaxing. It's a bit of a bumpy ride to get here and a contrast to Navio’s rolling waves (seasonal) farther up the road.
Secluded and small, this is one of the prettiest beaches on Vieques island. Beautiful hillsides surround this intimate beach, and when the surfs up, this beach is a blast. It is a bumpy ride and the furthest of the public beaches, but it's well worth the adventure.