Getting to Vieques!
There are two ways to get to Vieques, Air or
Flying is definitely the quickest,
20 minutes from the International Airport. You don't have to get a
taxi anywhere. Just go to your gate and wait. All the ticket
counters for the local airlines are in the same terminal. You should
have reservations. Information is at the end.
The six airlines that fly to Vieques are Cape Air,
MN Aviation, Air America, Vieques
Air Link, Isla Nena, and Culebra Air.
Vieques Air Link has regular flights. The other two are charter
airlines. If you have four or more people, you may be able to
schedule your trip to fit your schedule and maybe even save money.
At last check, a round trip flight on VAL was
$135. The other airlines may be negotiable.
Ground Transfers from San Juan to Fajardo: In order to get
to the ferry to Vieques, you need to taxi to Fajardo. It should cost
you about $55 for the ride. There are airport officials there to
make sure you get your wishes. Get an agreed upon fare and a receipt
from the official to close the deal. There are some unscrupulous
cabbies who will try to rip you off.
A better option is to have someone waiting for you
at the airport to transport you there. There are a few services that
will pick you up and deliver you.
with Padin" SJ-Fajardo 787-355-6746
for Less" 787-615-6764
Mary Transportation 787-863-8224
They will pick you and your group up
at the Int'l Airport and take you to Fajardo and also return
you at the end of your journey. Some services will even give you a
tour of El Yunque, if you have the time.
Ferry: The ferry fare is $2/one way. You get
to the ferry and go to the ticket counter across the street from the
ferry terminal for your tickets. Once on the ferry, the trip to
Vieques is 45 minutes. There are Publicos in Vieques that will take
you to your destination ($2-5$ per person) depending on where you're
going. This is true at the airport in Vieques also. If you've rented
a car or made other arrangements for pickup, ignore this.
From your arrival time at the San Juan Airport, allow at least 2
hrs. to collect your luggage and make the trip to Fajardo. If the
last ferry doesn't work into this calculation, you can try Vieques Air Link
from Fajardo or stay overnight at the Fajardo Inn. If you like to
gamble and don't mind spending a few bucks, stay at El Conquistador. Again,
you may need reservations.
If your thoughts are to take a rental car to
Vieques, forget it. Most of the rental companies don't allow that,
and, if you do get by that, you are responsible for all damages to
the vehicle while there. Besides, your chances of getting a
reservation on the cargo ferry are slim to none, and it doesn't run
on weekends, which limits you even further.
You will find the schedules for Air Link and the
Air America Inc. 787-276-5669
Cape Air 800-352-0714
Vieques Air Link 787-741-3266
Air Sunshine 791-7900
Air Flamenco 877-535-2636
Culebra Air Services
MN Aviation 877-622-5566
Auto Res. - 1-800-981-2005
Vieques Port -787-741-4761
Fajardo Port -787-863-0705 or 863-4761
Suertes! Remember it's all an adventure,
and half the adventure is getting there!