Getting from San Juan to Vieques

by Cristina on May 8, 2012

by Cristina | May 8th, 2012  

San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico . It is the oldest city under the United States dominion and features century-old architecture such as the Spanish military forts. Old San Juan is a pleasure to explore , while the beaches attract tourists wanting to soak up the sun.

Vieques is a small Caribbean Island, belonging to Puerto Rico. It is located about 22 miles from Puerto Rico and has a distinct rural character.

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Quick summary

The cheapest way to travel from San Juan to Vieques is by bus and ferry via Fajardo. Yes, it means you’ll be traveling for quite a lot (6 h 15 min excluding the transit time) but the round trip cost is under US$20 per person.

Flights from San Juan (airport code: SJU) to Vieques

San Juan is served by Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) and is hub for Air Sunshine and Cape Air. It handles flights to/from North America, other countries in the Caribbean , Europe and Central America.

Vieques is served by Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport (VQS) and is hub for Vieques Air Link. Because tourism plays an important role on this island, the airport tends to get quite busy.

Flights from San Juan to/from Vieques are operated by: Air Culebra (Air America), Air Flamenco, Air Sunshine, Cape Air, Culebra Air Services, Isla Nena Air, M&N Aviation, Seaborne Airlines and Vieques Air Link. The flight time is 24 min.

In mid-June 2012 expect to pay from US$109 one way on Cape Air. Return flights start at US$211 on the same airline. If you book in advance, you can expect the same fares during the high season, too.

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Ferry from San Juan to Vieques via Fajardo

There is a cheaper way to get from San Juan to Vieques. First, you need to get from San Juan to Fajardo by public transportation, rental car or taxi. The “carros públicos” take about 4 hours and set you back less than US$6 one way. A rental car costs from US$70 (per day, including insurance).

From Fajardo, take the ferry to Vieques. The ferry trip takes 1h 15 min and the cost is US$4 round trip. You cannot purchase the tickets online. The only way is to show up in the port several hours before departure and get a ticket. There are four ferries per day from Fajardo (9:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.).

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