Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, Isla de Vieques

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Vieques National Wildlife Refuge provides a sanctuary for many rare and endangered animals, including brown pelicans, endemic Puerto Rican woodpeckers, and blue whales. While there, you can see pristine mangroves, fine white-sand beaches, and waters rich with many coral reefs and sea beads. Explore the exuberant ecosystem and join in one of numerous activities provided by the reserve--seasonal fishing and hunting, photography classes, biking, hiking, and more. The feeling of solitude appeals to those seeking a wild getaway for at least a day. Use our Isla de Vieques trip planner to visit Vieques National Wildlife Refuge on your trip to Isla de Vieques, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The roads are great and well paved to the beach replete with speed bumps. One has to watch out for the wild horses along the road which is characteristic throughout the island.  more »
  • Corroborating the reviewer below me, the Refuge (therefore all its beaches) do close at 4pm as of mid-Feb, and the eastern beaches like La Chiva were closed entirely. But what is open is certainly wor...  more »
  • Currently (as of Feb 18) the refuge closes at 4pm every day. It used to be sunset, but now at 4 they will lock up the gates. Don't be caught inside after 4, you get fined. Caracas (the first beach) & ...  more »
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  • This refuge is really just a massive piece of land in the island of Vieques that was deemed a refuge to hide the truth. The truth is that within its perimeters are not only spent but also live bombs that can not be dealt with without serious concern for human life since the government can't detect which is which. So in essence it's one big garbage dump for debris left behind by our so called great US Marine and. US Navy. Thanks
  • Great place to snorkel or scuba dive... Beautiful a must see when in Puerto Rico.
  • My house-pant and I went night kayaking at the bioluminescent bay there. We had never kayaked before, let alone at night. Between the two of us, I had been night diving before and it had terrified the living day lights out of me, twice. So out of 10 of us, 6 were drunk and high on some substance. Don't do this with drunk people. They will bump into you. Many times. And if you haven't done it before each bump will make you think you are going under. But you won't because kayaks are sturdy old things and they don't tip just like that. Anyways my husband being taller and heavier than me was in the front and was leading the way. He loved it way more than me. I was mostly trying to not poop in the kayak. Glass-bottomed kayak. But poop or no poop, it really was frigging beautiful. Must do!
  • I loved this place. Want to go back and explore some more. A bit scary because its desolate....hardly anyone was there and some roads seem to lead to infinity....lol! But the place is beautiful. Recommend you go early because there is no cell connection and lights.
  • Came ona boat and didnt get on the island. The water was blue and warm and the snorkeling was great! Very well preserved
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