Located just seven miles off the coast of mainland Puerto Rico, Vieques is a great destination because day sailors can make it there easily for a quick trip, plus there are plenty of anchorages for those sailing internationally who are hoping to stay awhile.
As briefly noted above, Vieques is frequented by day sailors. Most often, you'll find this to be a spot listed on the list of stops for a tour offered by a local sailing excursion company such as those listed below. Generally you'll pay a set rate to explore several destinations including this one, perhaps anchor off-shore for fishing or snorkeling, and enjoy a meal as part of the package.
If you're just wanting to experience some time on the open water, without the cost and complications of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. See the listing below for contact information for area excursion providers.
|Caribbean Lady Sailing Charters||(787) 930-5610||160 East Calle Apolonia Gittings - 4.3 mi. (6.9 km) South-Southwest of Isabel Segunda|
|Little Boat Sailing||(787) 366-5202||3.8 mi. (6.1 km) Southeast of Isabel Segunda|
|Marauder Sailing Charters||(787) 435-4858||4.2 mi. (6.8 km) South-Southwest of Isabel Segunda|
|SeaVieques||(787) 435-0256||Isabel Segunda|
|Vieques Classic Charter||(787) 467-3447||Esperanza|
|Vieques Island Powercat||(787) 980-9978||Esperanza|
It is also possible to charter a boat for a day or more and make the quick trip yourself. Each charter company will have different rules and requirements, so make sure to call a few to find out which one works best for your needs.
If you are considering the option of chartering a boat, you can call one of these area firms:
|Sail Caribe||(787) 889-1978||Ceiba|
Fajardo is the best choice for most sailors because it is the closest, although San Juan, Culebra, Ponce, and Mayagüez are also official ports of entry. The customs office there is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with a break from noon to 1:00 p.m. for lunch, and you can contact them at 787-863-0950 with any questions you may have. Know that you'll need to present all of the official documentation for your boat, as well as your immigration paperwork, plus pay the $25 to $37(USD) required for a 12 month cruising permit. Make sure to fly your yellow quarantine flag as you enter local waters.
...several marinas and anchorages available...
Although a relatively small island, there are several marinas and anchorages available for sailors to use. Keep in mind that if you come from the east along the north coast, there is a fragile reef along the northeast corner that should be given wide berth. Also know that the floor of the west coast is rocky.
There is an area of double anchorage off the coast of Esparanza, Sun Bay has moorings to use, and Inner Bay may only be entered using oar power or a small dingy.
Considering sailing to Vieques using your own boat, or one you charter in a different location? This table contains a list of marinas in the area.
|(787) 860-1000||Road 3 Km 51.4 - 3.4 mi. (5.5 km) South of Fajardo||Puerto Rico|
|--||0.3 mi. (0.5 km) North of Isabel Segunda||Vieques|
Whether for a quick trip for a week-long stay, the amenities for sailors on Vieques make it an easy destination to chose for your sailing adventure.
|0.3 mi. (0.5 km) North-Northwest of Isabel Segunda||18.1529888732||-65.443931222|
|Ensenada Sombe - 4.0 mi. (6.4 km) South-Southwest of Isabel Segunda||18.0941037597||-65.4616069794|
|Ensenada Honda - 5.2 mi. (8.3 km) East-Southeast of Isabel Segunda||18.1195567957||-65.3697681427|
|Puerto Real - 4.3 mi. (6.9 km) South-Southwest of Isabel Segunda||18.0938866206||-65.4730439186|
|Bahia Salinas - 9.5 mi. (15.4 km) East of Isabel Segunda||18.1440069871||-65.2969837189|
|Green Beach - 9.1 mi. (14.7 km) West of Isabel Segunda||18.1173692869||-65.5771780014|
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