STUNNING & AUTHENTICALLY PUERTO RICANINCREDIBLE VIEQUES
Biking the hills of Vieques. Photo by thestrayers.wordpress.com
Horse parking in downtown Isabel II. Photo by thestrayers.wordpress.com
Sailing with Vieques Classic Charter. Photo by www.takingintheview.com
WHERE WE ARE
Casa de Amistad is located in the heart of the town of Isabel II (pronounced “Isabel Segunda”). Isabel II is not an artificial resort town, it is an authentic Puerto Rican pueblo with wonderful local culture, food, and character.
Isabel II is also home to many of the best restaurants and bars on the island. Casa de Amistad is close to everything you may need from waterfront dive bars to upscale restaurants and art galleries; the grocery store, post office and the mayor’s office are just blocks away.
Vieques is a wonderful destination to explore independently and first-time visitors are surprised by how large and varied the island is. We very strongly recommend that you budget for a vehicle for your stay to explore all Vieques has to offer, especially the large number of renowned, world-ranked beaches that are located well within the blissfully undeveloped National Wildlife Refuge.
Directions from the Ferry: Turn RIGHT and walk across the small yellow bridge. Turn LEFT at the first street and walk two blocks. Casa de Amistad is on the left hand side of the street at 27 Calle Benitez Castano.
Directions from the airport: The easiest way to get to us from the airport is to take a taxi (sorry, we are unable to provide pick-up service). Taxis are located up the hill just outside the baggage claim. Even better, most rental agencies provide free airport transfers with your vehicle rental.
See below for options on how to get to Vieques from San Juan. And scroll down for a map.
Parking: Casa de Amistad provides on-site parking for our guests.
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)
This is a great video about Isabel II… the neighborhood we live in.
Shared with us by our friends at www.viequestravel.com
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