Why visit one island paradise when you can visit three or more? All you need is $2 and 20 minutes! The islands of Puerto Rico consist of the main island, Vieques, and Culebra and it couldn’t be easier to navigate between them.
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Puerto Rico Fast Ferries
Ceiba to Vieques
Hours: 6:30am – 5:30 pm
Price: $2 per Adult | $1 Children 3 – 11 & Adults 60-74 | Free 75+
We were back and forth about taking the ferry in Puerto Rico. We also had the option of flying between the islands on a nine seater Cessna. It sounded like a super fun experience for our entire family, but remember, we only fly standby. Snagging five open seats out of nine total proved to be impossible, so instead we caught an Uber to the ferry dock and took a catamaran out to Vieques.
Vieques is 52 square miles of untouched bliss, just seven miles from the mainland. No airport, no high rises, no shopping malls, no smog. Just pure, unadulterated beauty with ocean water so clear you can watch your toes sinking into the sand. Plus, it has the brightest bioluminescent bay in the entire world.
If you are staying in San Juan, taking the ferry in Puerto Rico from Ceiba to Vieques isn’t necessarily the easiest mode of transportation. You have to traverse the entire island before reaching Ceiba, which is going to cost you about $100 in taxi fare. However, if you are staying in Luquillo or Fajardo it is incredibly ideal.
There is a lot of inaccurate information regarding the island ferries on the internet, and that is due to the fact that after Hurricane Maria everything changed when it came to this mode of transportation. The ferries depart from a different location, they are operated by a different company, they operate on a much more strict schedule, and they are much faster.
This is what you need to know:
- The ferry dock on the main island operates solely out of Ceiba
- The ride is smooth on a super fast catamaran and takes about 20 minutes
- The ferries have double decker seating, both indoor and outdoor
- Depending on the season, there are multiple ferries a day and schedules change
- You can pay in cash or credit, but advance reservations are no longer allowed
- There is a designated cargo hold for baggage, or groceries as it were, for the locals
- No snacking allowed onboard, however, water is acceptable
- Some ferries also transport cars, though rental cars are not allowed
► For Kids: This short little ferry ride in Puerto Rico is a treat for the little ones, especially if you sit outside. We sat on the upper deck on the way out, and the wind was so strong due to the speeds that they played a game of trying to catch it underneath them as they lifted themselves off their seats. The ferry operators are super strict about standing or going near the rails, so keep an eye on your kids and make sure they are sitting at all times. On the way back to the mainland it was raining, so we had to stay indoors and our kids watched the windows the whole time to see if we the rain would stop so we could head outside.
Have you traveled between the islands of paradise in Puerto Rico? What was your preferred mode of transportation? Did you take the ferry in Puerto Rico before, or after Hurricane Maria? We’d love to hear about it!
► Nap-Time Version: Traveling as a family from the mainland of Puerto Rico to Vieques on Puerto Rico Fast Ferries for under $2 a person!
We had so many amazing experiences during our stay on the island of Vieques! Our family played on a magnetic black sand beach, swam with underwater twinkling stars, and saw the aftermath of Hurricane Maria up close and personal (all coming soon).