Fiestas Patronales de Vieques

Top choice carnival in Vieques

In the third week of July, Viequenses party hard to celebrate the Vírgen del Carmen, patron saint of the sea, seafarers, fisherman. More a festival than a religious event, islanders gather in Isabel Segunda's central plaza, where food stands, band stands and amusement rides are set up; live music is a given. Parades of dancers, decked out in shimmering outfits and feathers, lead the way.

Look for folks carrying jugs of bili (a white rum, cinnamon and fruit concoction), popular during this fest.

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