This unique little island offers travelers pure, undeveloped land, mainly thanks to the US Navy's former use of a good portion of the island for a bombing range. After a series of protests, the Navy left in 2003, and the Navy land is now a national wildlife refuge.
A fair number of restaurants, pubs, and even coffee shops can be found on the island -- but no chains. There are no casinos, golf courses, or any typical tourist attractions, and much of Isla de Vieques' attractions are nature-oriented: Its stunning, untouched white-sand beaches and famous bioluminescent bay are the highlights, but it also features walking trails, 300-year-old trees, and some of the top snorkeling spots in Puerto Rico. Kayaking tours of the bioluminescent bay at night are very popular, and visitors can watch the water glow as they dip in their paddles, or jump in to swim.
Although the island is tiny (about 20 miles long), there are still certain areas that are better for certain travelers. Most high-end and all-inclusive hotels can be found along the northern coast of the island, conveniently located near the Antonio Rivera Rodriguez Airport. The northern side also has most of the restaurant and dining scene, as well as some museums. On the southern side, visitors will find the island's best beaches (including Sun Bay Beach), top snorkeling spots, and the famous Bioluminescent Bay.
|Languages:||Spanish and English|
|Airports:||Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport|
|Time Zone:||Atlantic Standard|
|Peak:||Mid-Dec. - late April|
|Hurricanes:||Aug. 1 - Nov. 30|
|Electricity:||110 V, 60 Hz (U.S. compatible)|
|Tipping:||15%-18% at restaurants|