Vieques, in full Isla de Vieques, is an island - municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) in the northeastern Caribbean, part of an island grouping sometimes known as the Spanish Virgin Islands. Vieques is part of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and retains strong influences from 400 years of Spanish presence in the island.Plan your Vieques Island visit and explore what else you can see and do in Isla de Vieques using our Isla de Vieques holiday website .
Vieques lies about 8mi east of the Puerto Rican mainland, and measures about 21mi long by 4mi wide. Its most populated barrio is Isabel Segunda (sometimes written "Isabel II"), the administrative center on the northern side of the island. The population of Vieques was 9,301 at the 2010 Census.
The island's name is a Spanish spelling of an American Indian word (likely Taíno) said to mean "small island". It also has the nickname "Isla Nena", usually translated from the Spanish as "Little Girl Island", alluding to its perception as Puerto Rico's little sister. During the colonial period, the British name was "Crab Island".
Vieques is best known internationally as the site of a series of protests against the United States Navy's use of the island as a bombing range and testing ground, which led to the navy's departure in 2003. Today the former navy land is a national wildlife refuge, with numerous beaches that still retain the names given by the navy, including Red Beach, Blue Beach and Green Beach. The beaches are commonly listed among the top beaches in the Caribbean for their azure-colored waters and white sands.
Tours to Vieques Island
Vieques Snorkeling Tour from San Juan BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $175
Duration: 7 hours
Snorkeling Tour to Vieques Island BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $77
Duration: 4 hours
Scuba Dive Tour to Vieques Island BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $116
Duration: 4 hours
Vieques Island Reviews
Les habitants sont accueillants et l'île vaut la peine d'être visitée. Malgré le passage de Maria, l'île s'est relevée et est plus forte que jamais ! more »The locals are welcoming and the island is worth a visit. Despite Maria's passage, the island has risen and is stronger than ever!
I live on the main Island but had only gone to Vieques once before for only a day and it rained the whole trip so this time around I stayed for the weekend and loved the down time and just seeing the ... more »
Love the island, good place for vacations. Nice beaches
Great place to visit.. 'Wild' horses everywhere, not too many road signs or other traffic markers. Beautiful beaches & great people..
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