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About Puerto Rico - Vieques

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Known as La Isla Verde - The Green Island - Vieques is home to the largest Wildlife Sanctuary in the Caribbean; Here, you'll find some of the most beautiful beaches and last remaining a Bioluminesent Bays in the world.

Destination Highlights

Puerto Mosquito (Mosquito Bay) is located on the southern shore of the island of Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico. This magical bio-luminescent bay has been officially declared the brightest recorded in the world by Guiness Book of World Records 2008.

Local Weather

Average coastal temperatures are a comfortable 75-83 degrees Fahrenheit, slightly cooler in the evenings and in the mountains. Summer highs can hit 95 degrees Fahrenheit, but the eastern tradewinds keep the air moving. Average annual rainfall is 62 inches, with susceptibility to summer storms and hurricanes from August-October.

 

Description

Known as La Isla Verde - The Green Island - Vieques is home to the largest Wildlife Sanctuary in the Caribbean; Over 70% of the island is protected. Here, you'll find some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and one of the last remaining and most spectacular Bioluminesent Bays in the world.
The island is located between Puerto Rico and St. Thomas (USVI), and is separated from the southeast coast of Puerto Rico by approximately 8 miles of sea.
Beauty and history merge on this 21 by 4 mile island. Arawak Indians once lived here and it was an infamous heaven for pirates during the 17th century. Various European powers fought for control of Vieques. The Punta Mulas Lighthouse was built in 1893. This old lighthouse still protects the port, boasts a reflector imported from Paris in 1895, which extends a beam that can be seen from as far as 16 miles.
Snorkeling is excellent, especially at Blue Beach. The island is also the home of phosphorescent Mosquito Bay. This rare and remarkable phenomenon is caused by millions of luminescent dinoflagellates lighting up when disturbed by movement.

Local Information

The official languages of Puerto Rico are Spanish and English. Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, the official currency is the U.S. dollar. The electric current on the island is usually 110 volts however, pack an adapter just in case. For most travel you will need a rental car. Taxis are metered. Driving is on the right, and a valid driver's license is required.

Airport Information

Air service is into Antonio Rivera Rodriguez, Vieques (VQS), Vieques is served by Cape Air and Vieques Air-Link. Please be advised that many destinations charge a departure fee. Generally, most airlines include this fee in the cost of your airline ticket. We recommend you contact the airline directly to review the details with the carrier.

Entry Requirements

We recommend all U.S. Citizens travelling abroad should carry a passport due to heightened security at airport check-in and immigration. If you do not have a passport or are not an American citizen, please contact your airline or your local consulate or embassy in regards to travel documentation necessary for your vacation.
 
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