Top things to do

Top Choice Nature 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 tr…
Top Choice Beach in Vieques

Sun Bay

Part of Puerto Rico's national park system, Sun Bay is a long half-moon-shaped bay, less than a half-mile east of Esperanza. It's the island’s balneario (public beach), with all the amenities you could hope for, inc…
Top Choice Carnival 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, fisherman. More a festival than a religious event, islanders gather in Isabel Segunda's centra…
Top Choice Seafood 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 whol…
Top Choice Beach in Vieques

Playa Caracas

Calm and clear Playa Caracas 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 eastern…
Top Choice Beach in Vieques

Playa La Plata

Playa La Plata is as far east as you can go at present. This gorgeously secluded beach is on a mushroom-shaped bay and has sand like icing sugar and a calm sea that seems to shimmer in a thousand different shades of…
Top Choice Bar in Vieques

La Nasa

A drinking shack right on the water, La Nasa is where it's at for locals. The beers are cheap, the chatter cheerful and the dance floor packed. Live bands occasionally play on weekends.
Top Choice Mexican in Vieques

Coqui Fire Cafe

Sitting on a quiet corner in Isabel Segunda, Coqui Fire lights up the foodie scene with delicious Mexican dishes served with flair. Try the carnitas (pork shoulder braised in chilies and papaya juice) or go big with…
Top Choice Bakery in Vieques

Panadería La Viequense

If it’s breakfast you’re after, this is the place for early eggs or hangover-obscuring coffee. If you miss the 11am cutoff, you can feast instead on decent baked goods and sandwiches. Service is no-nonsense and fast…
Top Choice Barbecue in Vieques

Horta's BBQ

A roadside stand turned hopping open-air eatery, Horta's BBQ serves up some of the best ribs on the island. Orders come from quarter to full rack, always fall-off-the-bone tender and covered in traditional or guava …