GETTING TO VIEQUES FROM SAN JUAN
To reach Vieques from Puerto Rico, you can either fly or take a ferry. We strongly recommend that you consider booking flights to/from Vieques from one of San Juan’s two airports. Flying is by far the most reliable option and surprisingly cost effective versus the ferry once you take transportation costs from San Juan to/from the ferry terminal in Ceiba into account.
There are two airports in San Juan. One is the international airport (Airport Code SJU) and it is most convenient if you are flying in or out of that airport the same day that you are flying to or from Vieques. Flights typically cost around $120/person one-way from SJU to Vieques Airport (Airport Code VQS), but can vary widely based on demand. The other airport is Isla Grande Airport (Airport Code SIG), located near Old San Juan, which is more affordable and most convenient if you are planning to stay in San Juan either before or after Vieques or if you have an hour+/- to take a short ~$20 cab ride from SJU Airport to Isla Grande Airport. The cost to fly from Isla Grande Airport to Vieques is ALWAYS a fixed price of $85/person each way – meaning the short transfer to Isla Grande Airport could save you lots on airfare. Flights are also available from Ceiba Airport (on the east coast of Puerto Rico) to Vieques for a fixed price of $40/person each way.
Note that to book these flights, you must call/visit the airline websites below and book directly with the airline for best availability. Many flights to Vieques, especially on our hometown airline Vieques Airlink, do not show up on outside booking sites like Kayak, Expedia, etc.
Vieques Airlink: 787-741-8331 www.viequesairlink.com flies out of both San Juan airports plus Ceiba Airport
Cape Air: 1-800-352-0714 www.capeair.com flies only out of SJU International
We do not recommend the ferry as it is extremely unreliable and uncomfortable…do the math on flying instead of taking a taxi to the ferry, especially for the cheaper flights out of San Juan’s smaller airport, Isla Grande Airport, and you will see that you do not save that much money by choosing the ferry.
Covid restrictions have also further reduced already limited ferry capacity to accommodate social distancing, and residents get priority over visitors for the remaining seats. Couple that with long-standing ferry reliability problems and you could very likely be left waiting at the dock at the dock instead of enjoying your vacation.
For the most updated advice on operations and restrictions, visit www.puertoricodaytrips.com/ceiba-ferry/
(current as of May 2021)