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 are just wanting to get out onto the water, without the complications and cost of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. Curious what it's like and what's included? See the listing that follows for information on area excursion services.
|(787) 930-5610||160 East Calle Apolonia Gittings - Vieques|
|(787) 366-5202||3.8 mi. (6.1 km) Southeast of Vieques Town|
|(787) 435-4858||4.2 mi. (6.8 km) South-Southwest of Vieques Town|
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.
Starting to research renting a charter boat? The following table shows how to get a hold of charter companies serving this area.
|(787) 422-8889||Las Croabas|
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.
Is your plan to sail to Vieques using a vessel you own, or one you charter in a different location? Take a look at the chart that follows to find information concerning nearby marinas.
|(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 Vieques Town||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 Vieques Town||18.1529888732||-65.443931222|
|Ensenada Sombe - 4.0 mi. (6.4 km) South-Southwest of Vieques Town||18.0941037597||-65.4616069794|
|Ensenada Honda - 5.2 mi. (8.3 km) East-Southeast of Vieques Town||18.1195567957||-65.3697681427|
|Puerto Real - 4.3 mi. (6.9 km) South-Southwest of Vieques Town||18.0938866206||-65.4730439186|
|Bahia Salinas - 9.5 mi. (15.4 km) East of Vieques Town||18.1440069871||-65.2969837189|
|Green Beach - 9.1 mi. (14.7 km) West of Vieques Town||18.1173692869||-65.5771780014|
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