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Vieques Frequently Asked Questions
Who is managing this site?
Hi! My name is Wanda Bermudez. I am a native Viequense and also manager of Ababor Suites. I hope to be of help to you in finding any information you might need.
Could you send me more information?
I only have brochures for the beachfront suites.You might want to contact the Vieques Tourism Office at (787) 741-0800 for more information or brochures from some of the places mentioned on this site.
Are there any "clothing optional" beaches?
There are no official nude beaches in Vieques. Clothing is required on all beaches.
Favorite hiking spots in Vieques are on beach shores. Now that the Navy is out, there are miles of totally unspoiled beaches to walk on and fresh hiking trails. A more easily accessible place to go hiking would be around 'Cayo de Adentro' one of the keys at Sun Bay beach or just walking from Sun Bay to Media Luna and Navio. The only connection is a dirt road. If you want more excitement, try this, go all the way to the left end of Sun Bay (facing the beach) then climb over the rocky edge along the shore until you make it to Media Luna beach. I did this once picking up sea snails along the way (Viequenses love them), it took me several hours so start early. A good walk would be from Laguna Kiani towards Punta Arenas. The road ends up along the beach.
Are there any campgrounds?
The only campground in Vieques is at Sun Bay Beach. There is security, facilities, and BBQ grills available. The phone number to call for reservations is (787) 741-8198.
Can you help me find employment in Vieques?
Try contacting the hotels, restaurants and other businesses listed on this site.
Do you have any information about Culebra?
There are no regular air or sea connections between Culebra and Vieques at this time.
What is there to do in Vieques?
Other than the beach and beach sports, there is not much else to do in Vieques on a typical week. If you are looking for action, you will not find it here until carnival week; and even that might be too mellow for you. There are no casinos, no golf courses, no movie theater and no malls. There is plenty of relaxation and beaches on their natural state.
Are there any moorings for boats in Vieques?
There are moorings setup by the Natural Resources Department in the Esperanza Beach area, in the south coast. These are big round white with a single blue stripe around them. Currently you are not allowed to anchor close to or on the beaches on the eastern tip of the island. That area is off limit for contamination reasons. You are allowed to anchor anywhere else unless it is marked otherwise. You will probably find other boats from Puerto Rico anchoring in the Punta Arenas Beach area, in the west end.
The rain season in Vieques does not seem to have a clear definition. There is no agreement about the start point if any. Donald M. Street, Jr. in his book, Puerto Rico, the Passage Islands, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, 1995 says "The rainy season is the same as the hurricane season-roughly July to October...even then, it very seldom rains day after day but rather a maximum of three hours a day. The rest of the day is sunny. However, at times the rainy and dry seasons reverse themselves, confusing everyone."
Then there is the dry season, which according to Dr. Juan Amédee Bonnet Benítez in Vieques en la Historia de Puerto Rico, 1977, is from December to April.
Another source is the National Climatic Data Center and the U.S. Geological Survey. Data from these sources was used by the U.S. Department of Health in February 2001 to report: "Vieques climate is tropical-marine with temperatures that average about 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Annually, the temperature ranges from an average of 76 degrees Fahrenheit in February to 82 degrees Fahrenheit in August. Vieques lies in the path of the easterly trade winds, which regulate the rainfall on the island. The average amount of precipitation is about 45 inches a year. The western part of the island receives a higher amount of rainfall (about 50 inches a year) than the eastern section (about 25 inches a year). The rainy season is from August through November while the remainder of the year is drier. Tropical storms are common from June to November." (National Climatic Data Center, 1994. Annual Climatological Summary for Vieques Island, Puerto Rico: May 1985 through January 1994, and Torres-Gonzalez S., 1989. Reconnaissance of the ground-water resources of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. U.S. Geological Survey, Report 86-4100. San Juan, P.R.:1989. As published in the U.S. Department of Health Public Health Assessment for Isla de Vieques Bombing Range Feb 20, 2001).
So, if we have a rainy season it seems to be from around August to around November, but if you ask the locals I bet you they will agree there isn't a rainy season. It rains when it feels like it.
The last hurricane to hit Vieques was in 1998, Hurricane Georges. The damage was minimal.
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