Vieques Travel Guide
While there are tons of things to do in Vieques, the island is mercifully free of obligations; most visitors’ must-do lists consist of swimming, eating, drinking, and lounging. That being said, travelers interested in getting off the beaten path a bit might find this list of what to do in Vieques helpful.
The last Spanish fort built in the Western Hemisphere, the Fuerte de Vieques – also known as El Fortin Conde de Mirasol – houses the Vieques Museum of Art and History, and provides a great overview of local history and culture going back to the pre-Columbian era. And the great views of the entire island don’t hurt, either!
On moonless nights, microorganisms living in Bioluminescent Bay turn the water a magical blue. Check online to see if your visit lines up with this incredible natural occurrence, one of the most unforgettable things to do in Vieques. Sunk off the Vieques coast in the late ‘50s as target practice, the USS Killen – which won two battle stars in WWII – is now a must-see for diving enthusiasts visiting the area.
Vieques is known for its beaches (it has more than 40!), so singling out one is difficult. But if you had to choose just one, it might as well be the Playa Caracas, or Red Beach, which boasts a little something for everyone. If you’re looking for a good summary of what to do in Vieques, you’ve got it here: swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and lounging!
Mosquito Bay, close to Esperanza, is one of the world's brightest bioluminescent bays, and when you dive into the warm water after dark, your body will glow white.
Navío is known as the island’s finest, and that means it is also the most packed; the path to the sand is lined with haphazardly parked Jeeps and scooters.
The motorcycle aesthetic inspired the black-and-red interiors of this trendy locale. A 1964 Triumph Thunderbird hangs above the bottles behind the bar.
For moped rentals.
The oldest bar on Vieques has a pool table and an ancient jukebox that spins salsa hits; the backdrop is the newly refurbished town square, ideal for a late-night stroll.
Every visitor hears about the must-see bioluminescent bay soon after arriving, but many don’t know that they can skip the touristy boat trips in favor of the more intimate option of kayaking through the eerily glowing waters.
Located in Vieques across from the Martineau Bay Resort, Martineau Car Rental has a variety of cars for rent at reasonable prices. Available models include PT Cruisers, Jeep Wranglers and Grand Cherokees, and Dodge Nitros and Durangos.
Come late afternoon, in-the-know travelers wander right from the nearby ferry landing to the laid-back, open-air bungalow—to drink margaritas and watch the sunset while casting for silvery tarpon off the deck with locals.
Head to García Beach for a quiet escape with a palm tree–dotted island just a short swim away.
Maritza’s Car Rental, located on Vieques Island in Puerto Rico, opened in 1995. The agency offers Jeep, Dodge, and Suzuki vehicles for flat daily rates. Models available include the Jeep Wrangler and Liberty, as well as the Yamaha Zuma, a scooter.