Last full day in Puerto Rico!
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Goals of the day were: head over to Vieques, go snorkeling, explore Vieques, grab food!
Our journey to Vieques:
- We overslept
- There was only one ferry that day (there are usually 2)
- The ferry schedule was delayed by an hour
- The commute was an hour and a half – one way + more time in the Uber from Old San Juan to the port to board the ferry
All in all, we ended up at the port at around 1pm. We wanted to get there earlier, but we did not wake up on time to board on the earlier ferry. You can go online to check the ferry schedule: http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/fajardo-ferry/
- Fajardo to Culebra (7 days/week & holidays)
9:00am • 3:00pm • 7:00pm.
- Culebra to Fajardo (Mon- Fri)
6am, 1pm, 5pm. Sat/Sun: 1pm, 5pm.
- Fajardo to Vieques (Mon- Fri): 4am, 9:00am, 1pm, 4:45pm, 8:15pm. Sat, Sun and holidays- 9am, 1pm, 4:45pm, 8:15pm
- Vieques to Fajardo (Mon-Fri) 6:00am, 11am, 3pm , 6:30pm. Sat/Sun and Holidays- 6:30am, 11am, 3pm, 6:30pm
It was not really reliable because everything runs on island time.
What is island time?
Basically a “go with the flow vibe.” “It’ll come when it comes.” This is completely opposite of the New York City hustle and bustle culture that I grew up in.
We waited over an hour for the ferry to arrive, and by the time that it did, we still had a while till we landed in Vieques. Thus, it was around 4pm when we got to Vieques. We immediately walked over to the snorkeling store, which was closing in half an hour. Although they were still willing to rent out the equipments to us, the worker told us that since we do not have a car, the closest area of water was Sea Glass Beach. Sea Glass Beach is not a bad beach, but it was not made for snorkeling. It definitely had a lot of tides, and it was very shallow. Adding those two factors together, it would have been very difficult and dangerous to go snorkeling.
We did not end up staying at the beach for long and headed over to dinner.
On the way over to dinner we saw these horses. The lady at the restaurant told us that these horses had a unique gallop. It was not the same sound or rhythm that the horses in America have. There was more clack to their steps, and it sounded more like tap dancing – it was definitely very interesting.
This is information found on caribbeantrading.com: these horses were originally brought over by the conquistadors in the 16th century. Some of the breeds within the horse family, “Paso Fine,” are the Andalusions, Barbs, and Spanish Jennets. However, the Spanish Jennets are now extinct.
There were a few restaurants on the island, but we decided to eat at Coqui Fire Cafe:
**BEWARE, there are a lot of flies at the restaurants.
Prior to Coqui Fire Cafe we went to another restaurant that had an amazing view of the water. However, we could not stay in that restaurant because of the amount of pests at the place. So we walked over to another place that was more put together, which we thought had less flies – they decided to pay a visit. They literally all decided to come once we got our food. However, it did not impeded us from loving our food.
We got an appetizer to share – Queso Fundido con Chorizo. It was really good and had a lot of flavor. Would definitely recommend this to whoever ends up at this restaurant!
For our individual dish I got the fajita : steak and the others got the carnitas.
In addition to your meal, you also get 3 pieces of tortilla (corn or flour). I opted for the flour, and the rest got corn. LOVED this meal. This restaurant is also known for their homemade hot sauces, which you can also get online here: http://www.coquifire.com
My favorite was the mango garlic sauce, which has a sweat factor 5. They also gave all the sauces to us when we requested it. Pretty good customer service. The meat was done really good and was not dry at all.
My overall thought about Vieques:
It really is a beautiful island and it definitely requires more than a few hours to explore it all. Everything is very chill here, and people really do take there time to enjoy everything. In addition, you need a car to get around the island because there is no Uber. Thus, we could have still snorkeled if we had a car.
We were not able to explore most of the island, and only a small portion of Vieques but nonetheless the commute was worth it.
The ferry still came late, and we waited from 6pm to board at 8pm, and finally arrived back in Old San Juan at 10pm. BUT, still worth it.