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Vieques and Culebra Travel Guide

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Plan Your Vieques and Culebra Vacation

While the mainland rings with the adrenaline rush of Latin America, this pair of palm-fringed islands has the laid-back vibe of the Caribbean. Neither has much traffic—in fact, you won't find a single traffic light on either island. High-rise hotels haven't cast a shadow on the beaches. And there are no casinos, fast-food chains, strip malls, or most other trappings of modern life. "Barefoot"

is often part of the dress code at casual restaurants, and the hum you hear in your room more likely than not comes from a ceiling fan rather than an air conditioner. Things happen here poco a poco—little by little, at the islanders' easy pace.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Puerto Mosquito Kayak after dark on the astounding bioluminescent bay on Vieques.
  2. Playa Flamenco Catch some rays on this Culebra bay, consistently ranked as one of the world's best white-sand beaches.
  3. Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre de Culebra Bird-watch and hike in one of Puerto Rico's oldest nature refuges.
  4. El Resuelve Sample real Puerto Rican fare with the locals at this colorful roadside restaurant on Vieques.
  5. Playa Carlos Rosario Simply walk into the waters off this deserted Culebra beach to snorkel a fabulous coral reef.

When To Go

When to Go

High season runs roughly from December 15 through April 15. Puerto Ricans flock here at Christmas and Easter, when Vieques and Culebra are packed w...

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