Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Vieques


Playa Sun Bay

Vieques lies about 8 miles to the east of the Puerto Rican mainland, and measures approximately 21 miles (long by 4 miles wide. The two main towns of Vieques are Isabel Segunda (sometimes written "Isabel II"), ton the northern side of the island, and Esperanza, located on the southern side. 







Vieques is best known internationally as the site of a series of protests against the United States Navy's use of the island as a bombing range and testing ground, which eventually led to the Navy's departure in 2003.


 Playa Esperanza
During your day trip explore historic landmarks and sites or simply bask on one of their white sands beach and swim in their bays








  • Sun Bay Beach
  • Playa Esperanza (Esperanza Beach)
  • Bioluminescent Bay
  • 300-year-old ceiba tree
  • Fortín Conde de Mirasol  built in the mid 19th century, now a museum
  • The tomb of Le Guillou, the town founder, in Isabel Segunda
  • La Casa Alcaldía (City Hall)
  • Faro Punta Mulas, built in 1896
  • Faro de Puerto Ferro
  • Rompeolas (Mosquito Pier), renamed Puerto de la Liberdad David Sanes Rodríguez in 2003
  • Puerto Ferro Archaeological Site
  • Black Sand Beach
  • Hacienda Playa Grande (Old Sugarcane Plantation Building)
  • Underground U.S. Navy Bunkers
  • Wreckage of the World War II Navy Destroyer USS Killen (DD593)


Lighthouses
Faro Punta Mulas
Faro Punta Mulas
Newly remodeled, this lighthouse and park are right in the town of Isabel II. The lighthouse can only be seen from the outside.

Northeast of the ferry dock  (787/741-0060)



Boat and Ferry
The Puerto Rico Ports Authority (787/863-0705) runs passenger ferries from Fajardo to Culebra and Vieques. Service is from the ferry terminal in Fajardo, about a 90-minute drive from San Juan. There are a limited number of seats on the ferries, so get to the terminal in plenty of time.

The
Fajardo-Vieques passenger ferry departs from Vieques weekdays at 9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p..m, and 8:00p.m., returning at 6:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.

On weekends ferries depart from Vieques at 9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m., returning at 6:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m..

Tickets for the 90-minute journey are $2 each way.


Bioluminescent Bay







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