Holidaymakers looking for some Caribbean sunshine on one of the smaller quieter islands should visit Vieques. As one of the islands of Puerto Rico, Vieques is a beautiful place with many things for visitors to see and do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas and holiday homes.
The island of Vieques is a fantastic destination for holidaymakers with beautiful sandy beaches and the warm Caribbean Sea providing an idyllic setting. As well as relaxing and sunbathing on the beaches, holidaymakers can enjoy various watersports such as swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing. The magnificent nature trails on the island can be explored by cycling and hiking. Horseback riding tours are also available taking visitors along the beaches and inland trails of Vieques. In addition to this, visitors can take driving tours that provide another way of seeing the island’s sights. The island has many wonderful restaurants, pubs and cafes serving delicious food ranging from all American burgers to traditional Puerto Rican cuisine. Self catering holidaymakers will also be able to purchase provisions from local shops and markets.
Holidaymakers staying on the island of Vieques will find many fascinating places of interest such as the Fortin Conde de Mirasol. This is a fort built by the Spanish in the 19th century, which now serves as a museum. The US Navy closed off much of the island for 60 years and their presence can be recounted at sites such as the Underground U.S Navy Bunkers and the wreckage of the Navy Destroyer USS Killen. Faro de Vieques is a historic lighthouse on the island well worth a visit, as is Faro de Puerto Ferro. Both were first lit in 1896. The island’s National Wildlife Refuge features beaches, lagoons, mangrove, wetlands and upland forested areas. Visitors may see endangered species here such as the Brown Pelican and Antillean Manatee.
The climate stays warm throughout the year with average highs of about 90 degrees Fahrenheit between June and September. The coolest time is January and February when average highs are still 83 degrees and the lows about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. February and March are generally the driest months with an average of 2.2 inches of rainfall. Meanwhile May is the wettest month with an average of 6 inches of rain.
Holidaymakers staying in on Vieques can fly to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) near to San Juan in Puerto Rico and get a connecting flight to Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport (VQS) on Vieques. Visitors can rent a car from several firms on the island. Flights arrive at San Juan from several international airports including Frankfurt (FRA), London-Gatwick (LGW), Los Angeles (LAX), Madrid (MAD) and New York (JFK) amongst others.