Explore Vieques, the largest island that makes up the Sanish Virgin Islands.

Vieques, Spanish Virgin Islands

Explore Vieques, the largest island that makes up the Sanish Virgin Islands.

Matt and Britney Weidert

Matt Weidert

Vieques, part of the Spanish Virgin Islands, is a hidden gem in the Caribbean, celebrated for its serene beauty, unspoiled nature, and rich history. Let's dive into what makes Vieques a must-visit destination on your yacht charter adventure.

Why Vieques?

Vieques stands out for its tranquility, lack of crowded tourist spots, and its commitment to preserving its natural environment. The island's past, including its use for military purposes, has inadvertently protected large swathes of its landscapes from development, offering pristine beaches, clear waters, and lush greenery. Its bioluminescent bay, Mosquito Bay, is recognized as one of the most spectacular in the world, creating a magical experience for nighttime kayaking. The island's relaxed atmosphere is perfect for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of more popular charter destinations​​​.

Where is Vieques?

Vieques is located just off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, making it easily accessible yet sufficiently remote to maintain its tranquil charm. It forms a part of the Spanish Virgin Islands, nestled between the US Virgin Islands to the east and the main island of Puerto Rico to the west. This positioning makes Vieques an ideal stop for sailors exploring the Caribbean, offering sheltered bays and anchorages​​​.

Check out our sample Spanish Virgin Island sailing itinerary here.
Green Beach, Vieques

What to Do in Vieques

  • Explore Pristine Beaches: Vieques is renowned for its stunning beaches, ranging from secluded coves to expansive sandy stretches. Playa Caracas (Red Beach) and Playa La Chiva (Blue Beach) are notable for their crystal-clear waters and powdery white sands.
  • Experience the Bioluminescent Bay: Mosquito Bay is a must-visit. Its bioluminescent dinoflagellates light up the water at night, creating an ethereal glow. Kayak tours allow you to experience this natural wonder up close.
  • Visit the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge: Covering a significant part of the island, this refuge is home to diverse habitats, including beaches, lagoons, and forests. It's a great place for hiking, birdwatching, and simply enjoying nature.
  • Sailing and Snorkeling: The waters around Vieques are clear and full of life, making them perfect for snorkeling and diving. Look out for sea turtles, rays, and a variety of tropical fish.
  • Cultural and Historical Exploration: Don't miss the chance to delve into Vieques' history, from its indigenous roots to its more recent past as a US Navy base. The Fortín Conde de Mirasol Museum provides insights into the island's heritage.
The Vieques southern coast
For those setting sail to Vieques, planning your journey with the prevailing trade winds and currents in mind is essential. A typical itinerary might start from Puerto del Rey, heading towards Culebra before making your way to Vieques. This route allows you to sail with the wind, making for a smoother and more enjoyable passage. Remember to explore both the north and south coasts of Vieques, as each offers unique landscapes and anchorages. Late November and the shoulder season of April-May are ideal times to visit, offering favorable weather conditions and avoiding the crowds of peak season​​​​. Check our complete cruising guide for this destination. 

Vieques, with its untouched beauty, vibrant marine life, and rich history, offers an unparalleled Caribbean adventure. Whether you're exploring its underwater wonders, soaking up the sun on its pristine beaches, or experiencing the magic of its bioluminescent bay, Vieques promises a memorable experience for every visitor.

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