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How to Get from San Juan to Vieques

Traveling to the island of Vieques can be complicated, in part because it is an island off the coast of another island. However, there are ways to do so without too much trouble, and we can help you figure out the basics of your trip.

With our guide, we hope that we'll help you learn everything you need to know about traveling to the island, as well as around the island once you're on vacation.

Vieques Airlink

How much does it cost to fly to Vieques from San Juan?
$200 per person or more. Obviously the quickest way to get to Vieques is by flying there, but it costs much more than the ferry.

Do I need a passport to go to Vieques?
Fortunately, you don't need a passport to travel here if you live in the United States.

Vieques Ferry

This is by far the cheaper way to get to Vieques. It also isn't too long of a wait. Be sure you pay attention to the ferry schedule so you don't get stuck in San Juan for too long. The Ferry leaves at 7 AM and comes back at 6 PM.

How long is the ferry ride?
Roughly 30 minutes

How much does the ferry to Vieques cost?
Depending on what you are taking with you, you'll rack up a different cost. You may also want to buy your tickets online

Here are ticket prices for one way:
$2 per person
$28 for cargo tickets (typical for people who want to ferry their rental car to Vieques - not recommended)

Travel Restrictions

COVID-19 is taken very seriously in Puerto Rico. Before you are allowed to enter the island, you either need to prove vaccination status, or you need to demonstrate a negative test within the last 72 hours.

Masks are mandatory in all closed places and those open to 50 people or more.

Children ages 12 and under cannot be permitted to attend events with a large gathering of people even if they have a negative test.

How to Get Around Vieques

You may wonder why there is a need to talk about traveling around the island, but if you visited unprepared, you'd discover why. Most places that house the natural beauty of the island cannot be found by car.

On top of that, pothole covered roads and tight dirt passages may be necessary to get to specific beaches. We will outline the options available to you down below, as well as their pros and cons.

Car Rental

Renting a car in San Juan and bringing it to Vieques might be something you'd be interested in doing. However, there are some issues you may want to consider.
Coqui: 787-741-3696
Maritza's: 787-741-0078

Renters often won't work with tourists heading to Vieques because the roads there are in such disrepair. You may get to Vieques with a car rental only to find out you can't go everywhere you want. Plus you need to pay the cargo fee for the ferry.


You could just use the taxi system on Vieques. However, some of Vieques' top sights won't be available to you. While you won't have to worry about vehicle prices, you'll have to invest more time into planning your vacation out.

Scooter Rental

If you are looking for a smaller form of transportation, scooters work pretty well. It can be a pain if you are traveling in a larger group, but for couples it can work nicely.

Fun Brothers: 787-435-9372

UTV / Golf Cart Rental

These are one of the more popular modes of travel on Vieques. They aren't as expensive as a full-blown car, but they can get you where you need to go, and have a bit of cover for when it inevitably rains.

Maritza's: 787-741-0078

Jeep Rental

One of the best (but most expensive) way to travel. Great cover, all-terrain, and nice for larger groups. What's to hate?

Avis Rent-a-Car: 787-397-2533

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