Top things to do

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 stylish. Specialties include whole Car…
Top Choice Bar in Vieques

Al’s Mar Azul

Al’s shelters the ghosts of Charles Bukowski and Ernest Hemingway and is the nexus of local gossip. Locals come to play pool, and expats come to drink…and drink. Visitors teeter somewhere in between. Karaoke crooner…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Vieques

Bioluminescent Bay

Locals claim that this magnificent bay, a designated wildlife preserve about two miles east of Esperanza, has the highest concentration of phosphorescent dinoflagellates not only in Puerto Rico, but in the world.A t…
Top Choice Beach in Vieques

Playa La Plata

Playa La Plata (Orchid Beach) is as far east as you can go at present. This gorgeously secluded beach is on a mushroom-shaped bay, has sand like icing sugar and a calm sea that seems to shimmer in a thousand differe…
Top Choice Museum in Vieques

Vieques Conservation & Historical Trust

Founded in 1984 to save the island’s bioluminescent waters, the trust operates the tiny Museo de Esperanza, which contains intriguing exhibits on the ecological efforts of the trust, the island’s natural history and…
Top Choice Cafe in Vieques

Café Mamasonga

At this bi-level tropical eatery a few steps from the ferry terminal, you can sit outside to gaze at the water and watch cars bump over the grate out front or venture to the roof for aerie views and a full bar.
Top Choice Caribbean in Vieques


Located at the lovely Blue Horizon Boutique Resort, this restaurant offers up superb cooking throughout the day. Why not start with a great breakfast with the sounds of the waves nearby? Or have dinner in a gazebo (…
Top Choice Beach in Vieques

Sun Bay

This long half-moon-shaped bay, less than a half mile east of Esperanza, is the island’s balneario (public beach), with all the facilities you could hope for, including a cafe (open Wednesday through Sunday). Measur…
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. Just west, Playuela is lesser known and has less shade, meaning that you'll find few people h…
Top Choice Italian in Vieques


As understated as a delicate wine, this simple joint has a brick-lined dining room and makes superb thin-crust pizza. Try the pesto version or opt for seafood or any of many other variations. The wedge salad is a wi…