Top ChoiceBeach in Culebra

Playa Flamenco

Playa Flamenco

Stretching for a mile around a sheltered, horseshoe-shaped bay, Playa Flamenco is not only one of Culebra’s best beaches, it also makes a regular appearance on the world's best beaches lists. Backed by low scrub...

Top ChoiceIsland in Culebra

Isla Culebrita

If you need a reason to hire a water taxi, Isla Culebrita is it. This small island, just east of Playa Zoni, is part of the national wildlife refuge. With its six beaches, tide pools, reefs and nesting areas for...

Top ChoiceMarine Reserve in Vieques

Bahía Mosquito

Locals claim that this magnificent bay, a designated wildlife preserve about 2 miles east of Esperanza, has the highest concentration of phosphorescent dinoflagellates not only in Puerto Rico, but in the world. A...

Top ChoiceBeach in Culebra

Playa Carlos Rosario

This remote thin, white-sand beach has one of the best snorkeling areas in Puerto Rico thanks to a barrier reef that almost encloses the beach's waters; you can snorkel on either side of it by swimming through...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Culebra

Culebra National Wildlife Refuge

More than 20% of Culebra is part of a spectacular national wildlife refuge, which was signed into law more than 100 years ago. Most of it lies along the coastline, including more than 20 cays. Home to three...

Top ChoiceBeach in Vieques

Sun Bay

Part of Puerto Rico's national park system, this half-moon-shaped bay, less than a half-mile east of Esperanza, is the island’s balneario (public beach), with all the amenities you could hope for, including...

Top ChoiceBeach in Culebra

Playa Zoni

Head to the eastern end of the island and you’ll eventually run out of road at Playa Zoni. Many locals think this is a better beach than Flamenco and it's hard to argue. It's not quite as wide and curving, but it...

Top ChoiceCarnival in Vieques

Fiestas Patronales de Vieques

In the third week of July, viequenses party hard to celebrate the Vírgen del Carmen, patron saint of the sea, seafarers and fishers. More a festival than a religious event, islanders gather in Isabel Segunda's...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Vieques

El Quenepo

Upscale El Quenepo has a lovely interior and an equally delectable menu. The food is catch-of-the-day fresh – a family of seven brothers supplies the seafood – and the decor is contemporary. Specialties include...

Top ChoiceBeach in Vieques

Playa Caracas

Calm and clear, this beach is reached on a paved road and has gazebos with picnic tables to shade bathers from the sun; there's excellent snorkeling – lots of healthy sea fans and underwater life – off the...

Top ChoiceCafe in Culebra

Blac Flamingo Coffee

For the best caffeine fix on Culebra, head to this cool, industrial-chic cafe a 10-minute walk north of Dewey, where there's everything from cappuccino to cold brew and Chemex. Then linger over breakfast or...

Top ChoiceMexican in Vieques

Coqui Fire Cafe

This cafe lights up Isabel Segunda's foodie scene with delicious Mexican dishes served with flair. Try the carnitas (pork shoulder braised in chilies and papaya juice) or the blackened shrimp with coconut mole....

Top ChoiceBeach in Vieques

Playa La Plata

This secluded beach is as far east as you can go at present, spread across a mushroom-shaped bay with icing-sugar sand and a calm sea that shimmers with a thousand different shades of blue. The snorkeling is good...

Top ChoiceArt in Culebra

Artefango

Perched above Dinghy Dock, this inviting gallery is the creative expression of Jorge Acevedo, a local artist and activist. His work spans many mediums and feature Culebra scenes often mixed with powerful messages...

Top ChoiceBeach in Vieques

Playa La Chiva

A favorite with locals, this gorgeous playa at the eastern end of the main road is long and open with occasionally rough surf. It's easy to find your own large patch of sand and you can find shade in the shrubs....

Top ChoiceMexican in Culebra

Zaco's Tacos

This hip restaurant dishes up ultrafresh Mexican fare plus a smattering of super salads. Tasty tacos include carnitas, beef and shrimp, or if you're extra hungry, order a monster burrito with all the trimmings....

Top ChoiceBar in Vieques

El Blok Bar

For a slice of urban chic at the end of the laid-back Esperanza strip, head to the rooftop bar at El Blok, the island's hippest watering hole. The contemporary architecture, stylish decor and creative cocktails...

Top ChoiceCafe in Culebra

Vibra Verde

The menu of this great little place is bursting with healthy, organic, gluten-free and delicious fare. Opt for the organic açaí bowl, the bumper breakfast sandwich, or the quinoa salad bowl. Wash it down with...

Top ChoiceCaribbean in Culebra

El Eden

Though not remotely swanky – think plastic tables and chairs – the Caribbean-style slow food here is simply remarkable. Dishes feature creative takes on seafood and pasta; the lobster risotto and the desserts are...

Nature Reserve in Vieques

Vieques National Wildlife Refuge

Lying within these protected confines are the best reasons to visit Vieques. This 18,000-acre refuge occupies the land formerly used by the US military. The 3100-acre western segment was used mainly as a storage...