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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  • We visited the Blue beach and the Caracas beach, with the former being the best of all beaches that we visited in Puerto Rico (including Flamenco). We also visited the run-down Puerto Ferro lighthouse...  more »
  • Our first stop on Vieques was to visit the Wildlife Refuge for access to the Beach Areas. There are several choices once you enter the Refuge off of Highway 997. We chose La Chiva (known as the Blue B...  more »
  • The staff member gave our group a lot of information about the island of Vieques and the wildlife issues there. He also described the programs they are doing to education young people on the island ab...  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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