Vieques ferry from mainland Puerto Rico
You wouldn’t be the first person to wonder if you’ll actually get on the Vieques ferry if you arrive to the chaos of a Saturday morning at Fajardo’s ferry terminal. The excited crowd chatters noisily and people, bags, and all kinds of assorted odds and ends clutter the sidewalk and the road next to the ticket office.
Tickets are only available one hour before the Vieques ferry is due to depart, so your only option is to arrive early and to queue. Once the ticket office has opened you’ll be able to join an orderly queue and await your turn – but you’re best off arriving so that you can get near the front of the queue.
Once you have your tickets – they cost just $2.00 per person – you can go and wait for the arrival of the incoming ferry, amid families visiting friends, Viequens going home for the weekend and assorted tourists.
Generally you can carry your baggage and stow it next to your seat, but oversized baggage may be stored separately.
Unfortunately passengers are required to sit throughout the 90 minute voyage – as the aircon wasn’t working on our crossing many passengers went on deck to get air and the captain stopped the ferry and threatened to turn the ship around unless everyone cooperated and sat down!
It is possible to take cars to Vieques on a separate cargo ferry, although not recommended. You must book in advance, and as you can be bumped off at the last minute in favor of more important cargo, it’s better to hire a jeep on Vieques instead.
For information you can call the following numbers for information on the Vieques ferry – remember to dial the international prefix +1 from outside Puerto Rico or the United States:
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