Dreaming of that perfect Caribbean getaway? That little island with white-sand beaches, gently swaying palm trees, cerulean water, and nobody around for miles and miles? Then forget about the Bahamas, ignore St. Kitts, and say no way to San Jose – you’re looking for Vieques, Puerto Rico! A small island off the east coast of “main land” Puerto Rico, Vieques is the honest-to-goodness island escape of your dreams, boasting more than 40 beaches and not a single traffic light – and this Vieques travel guide will help you get the most out of your visit.
One of the big reasons to visit Vieques is specifically because it demands so little of its visitors. Unlike a trip to New York or London or Beijing, travel to Vieques doesn’t come with a bunch of must-sees that you need to check off your list.
Things Not to Miss in Vieques
• The island’s best restaurants, including El Quenepo and Chez Shack
• More than 40 of the world’s most beautiful beaches, including Playa Caracas, Playa Esperanza, and La Chiva
• The Fuerte de Vieques, constructed in 1845, the last Spanish-built fort in the Western Hemisphere
• The Isla Culebrita, a somewhat remote island that can only be reached by water taxi or chartered boat – and is more than worth the effort
When to Go to Vieques
Vieques is pretty much your textbook tropical dream getaway. Highs top out in the 80s whether it's July and January while the daily lows are generally in the 70s. Which is to say there’s no bad time for Vieques travel, as the island is more than comfortable all year round.