Fajardo Ferry Schedule To Culebra & Vieques

Traveling to the offshore islands of Culebra & Vieques definitely requires some pre-planning and knowing some information beforehand so you don’t get a surprise. You basically have limited options to get to the offshore islands of Puerto Rico. You can save time but spend money taking a private charter plane to the islands, or you can save money but spend time taking the ferry from Fajardo on the northeastern shore. If money is not an issue, we recommend flying to make your life easier. While the ferry is inexpensive ($2.50 per trip), there are many hassles to consider before opting for this route.

Fajardo Ferry Schedule Information: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The ferry that runs from Fajardo to the islands of Culebra and Vieques is run by the Puerto Rico government and is called the Integrated Transportation Authority of Puerto Rico. The ferry runs everyday including holidays 365 days a year and carries between 200-600 passengers per day. It is a very economical way to see Puerto Rico’s beautiful offshore islands, but as the saying goes you “pay for what you get.”

Many times the ferries are cancelled due to weather or maintenance issues and you can easily be left stranded in the town of Fajardo and not get to your desired destination. As we’ve mentioned many times in this book, you have to come into this with a heavy dose of patience and be travel flexible with your plans in case the very real possibility exists that you won’t get on that ferry to go to Culebra or Vieques. It’s happened to us more than once.

Logistics: Getting your Tickets + Dealing With The Long Lines

This is the ugly part of the process. While we do feel that the cost of the ferry is beyond reasonable at $2.50, the process of getting a ticket to and from the islands is a bit of a headache. We’ve been in long lines only to not get tickets because they “sold out” and we had to scramble to make new plans (Playa Escondida in Fajardo). The truth of the matter is that you simply have to get in line by 4:45AM at the latest for the 9:00AM departure.

The people who show up at 7:00AM are already looking at long lines and no guarantee. We found the sweet spot is between 4:30 AM- 5:00AM, and bring a book and comfortable chair because you will wait a long time. We wish there can be another way, but this pretty much ensures your best shot of catching the early ferry for a full day trip.

There are a limited amount of tickets to be sold and the 9:00 and 9:30 ferries always sell out.

What happens is that residents of Culebra and Vieques take priority over travelers, tourists, and even Puerto Ricans from the mainland. The huge lines are made worse by some locals standing in line to “buy tickets for others” and then re-sell them. Sometimes you’ll be in line for hours, then see a new group of people all of a sudden come and get serviced right away. These are the “locals”, and I can see why travelers and tourists would not like to see this at all. Still, we write this so that you can be aware and come in with the right frame of mind so as not to ruin your day. It makes sense to buy your round trip tickets when you have a chance, but even that sometimes you can’t do and have to do the line all over again on your way back!

In terms of the long lines, you are going to be under the hot sun at points of the wait so make sure you bring umbrellas for shade, a comfortable chair, and a cooler filled with snacks and drinks.

Online / Phone Booking

We recently came across some information that a company is now taking online booking at their website called Culebraferry.com. Use at your own risk since we haven’t yet and we really hope they do a good job trying to organize this process.

Sometimes though, you may be able to call ahead and “hold” your reservation with a credit card if you happen to be extremely lucky and get through on the phone. About 50 tickets are set aside for “future dates”, and you would pick up your tickets at the far right window when you get to the ticket booth. This is not a guarantee of your ticket, but does give you slightly better odds and you can get there later and not at the early hour of 3:45AM. The phone numbers to call and give it a shot are: 787-497-7740 or 787-494-0934 x 2729/2727/2736. Call Mondays-Friday from 7:00AM-3:00PM.  You can also try to write to the inbox at their facebook page (see Information to stay updated below) or email them at: reservaciones@atm.gobierno.pr.

Parking/Car Information

Car rental companies will not allow you to take your car to the offshore islands so you need to make arrangements for transportation once you’re in the island you chose. There are car rental companies available in both Culebra & Vieques, and we gotta say exploring these islands in a jeep is where the fun is at! You can also find local transportation like taxis at both the ports of Vieques and Culebra. See below for information where to rent your car.

In terms of parking, you should have no problem finding a safe parking company nearby the docks in Fajardo that will charge you $5.00 a day. It is a public facility and is open 24 hours a day. Make sure to bring your ticket with you as you’ll need it to pay on your way out.

What You Can Bring

As we mentioned, the ferry service allows you to bring your beach chairs, umbrellas, and coolers where you can store them inside the ferry. If you bring more than you can carry they will charge you more or simply won’t let you bring it. Make sure to bring your cooler filled with drinks, food, and anything else you will need.

Inside The Ferry / The Trip + Ferry Schedule

Once you get your ticket, there’s more waiting to be had as you are seated in an orderly fashion for a few hours before the ferry arrives. If you’re the type that gets sea-sick easily we strongly suggest you take medicine for that as the seas on this voyage are very choppy and the seas are rough. We’ve seen people throw up, which is not cool. But it happens so make sure you can handle being in the ferry for about the 1 hour you will be at sea. The seating inside the ferry is air condition and it does get kind of cold so bring a jacket.

Schedule + Prices (7 Days A Week + Holidays)

Fajardo —>Culebra: 9:00AM, 3:30PM, 7:00PM
Fajardo —>Vieques: 9:30AM, 1:00PM, 4:30PM, 8:00PM
Culebra —>Fajardo: 6:30AM, 1:00PM, 5:00PM
Vieques —>Fajardo: 6:30AM, 11:00AM, 3:00PM, 6:00PM

1 Way Tickets: To Culebra – $2.25. To Vieques – $2.00. Kids & Seniors $1.00.

Information To Stay Updated

It’s imperative the day of your trip to check for any last minute information on the ferry so you can know as far in advance as possible if any hiccups happen.

Follow them on Twitter for updates: @PRFerryWatch
Facebook: Facebook PR Ferry Watch

Directions To Ferry

Click on Link for Google Maps directions.

Fajardo Dock:

Culebra Dock:

Vieques Dock:

Flying To Culebra or Vieques Directly

Flying to the offshore islands of Culebra and Vieques is the best bet for headache and a hassle free experience. It will cost you though. The costs for flights from San Juan run between $70-$115 per flight. The trip is about 30 minutes, and the views from the planes as you land are pretty epic in our opinion. There are two companies you can choose from to coordinate your trip:

Vieques Air Link – 787-722-3736

Air Flamenco – 787-724-6464


“If Plan A doesn’t work, stay cool!  There are still 25 more letters.” – Unknown




Who Else Wants Views Of Ocean Park, Puerto Rico?

I once had a dream when I lived in Miami (where I’m from – Go Heat!) that I would be writing and living in a place that had an “ocean view.”  That was 7 years ago.  It turns out that view came after four years exploring the island of Puerto Rico and obviously with a story worth sharing – at least from my point of view. I was and am still grateful to write a major portion of my upcoming interactive book “Puerto Rico Adventures Revealed” with the views I had from Ocean Park Puerto Rico.   I guess I understand now why it’s all about the view and breeze sometimes…

“If we could see these many waves
That flow through clouds and sunken caves
She’d sense at least the words that sought her
On the wind and underwater”

“Waves” – Anastasio

Ocean Park is situated just down the shore of Condado and before you get to Isla Verde.  It’s probably the part where most tourists will feel like you’re in the “real Puerto Rico” because it’s not perfect but great enough. Ocean Park also offers the most accessible and nicest beaches while you’re traveling in San Juan. Once Ashford Avenue turns into McCleary Avenue you will know you’re in the Ocean Park district.

This laid-back neighborhood is mostly a residential area that is upscale in some parts and yet downtrodden in others with roaming dogs seemingly everywhere. You’ll notice Puerto Rico is like this in many parts, but don’t let that fool you. The neighborhood itself is charming and you can easily feel comfortable walking around from place to place where the locals are quick to help you with any questions you have.

Ocean Park also offers many shops, restaurants and bars to hang out at. In fact, there is also a pseudo “bar” located at one of the gas stations where you can purchase your drinks.  You can also get shaved ice cream of the fruit of your choice from a local vendor/kart that’s right in front of the beach.

One of the best surf shops in the island that also sells great clothes is Tres Palmas Surf Shop located at 1911 McCleary Street. When you see this surf shop as well as the Mini Market, turn left in the residential neighborhood to park at the beaches where most of the locals hang out.  Stock up for the day at the local convenience store as you drive into Ocean Park (yellow building).

Ocean Park

Ocean Park Metro Area Sights



The beaches at Ocean Park are popular with locals and you’ll see kite surfers out in the distance flying through the waters, or you can see the paddle ballers doing their thing on the shoreline. If you’re lucky you may also see some Puerto Rican musicians walking the beaches while playing their instruments. The Ocean Park beaches are one of the best in the tourist areas for people watching and spending a day here relaxing under the Puerto Rican sun.

Another option for a great beach and park that provides “less parking hassles” is further up on McCleary Avenue. Look for Parque Barbosa – a place you can’t miss once you see the jogging track and many open parking spaces. Parque Barbosa is nestled right on the beach and makes a great place where you can get your jog or workout in and have a picturesque beach literally within walking distance for you to enjoy and relax in afterwards.  There’s also some showers there if you want to rinse off.

Punctuating the area are a few bed and breakfasts inns and boutique hotels located in the Ocean Park district that make for a distinctly different experience. Wind Chimes Boutique Hotel is one of them, Acacia Boutique on Calle Taft, and Mont Caribe Guesthouse, and Hosteria Del Mar are others.  Numero Uno Guest House is also highly recommended if you want to stay in the Ocean Park region.

The highlights of places to eat in the region are Mango’s Restaurant (where I met my girlfriend – and good local cuisine/good drinks), Kasalta Bakery (the most amazing Cuban deli), La B For Burro – a unique and quaint Mexican restaurant, and Pamela’s Restaurant – where you can eat on the beach and take in the views albeit a bit overpriced.  Click on the links below for Trip Advisor Reviews.

Further east and right before getting into Isla Verde is Punta Las Marias – where there are other great restaurants to choose from. Rosalia International Cuisine is one of our favorites better geared towards night time dining (although we just heard they closed and there is now a Burger Place now). Also be sure to check out Inca Chicken (Peruvian), and Little Italy Pizza Restaurant. If you’re a healthy & food conscious eater be sure to check out The Garden Restaurant.

In the interactive travel guide, you can pick and choose from various “Adventures & Activities” Chapter that Ocean Park, Puerto Rico has to offer.


*Wind Chimes Boutique Hotel:   Trip Advisor Reviews of Wind Chimes Boutique Hotel

*Acacia Boutique:  Trip Advisor Reviews of Acacia Boutique

*Mount Caribe Guesthouse:   Trip Advisor Reviews of Mount Caribe Guesthouse

*Hosteria Del Mar:   Trip Advisor Reviews of Hosteria Del Mar

*Numero Uno Guesthouse:  Trip Advisor Reviews of Numero Uno Guesthouse



*Mango’s Restaurant:  There’s a great story of how we met at this restaurant, but that’s for elsewhere in the book.  For now let’s just say that it’s a pretty fun atmosphere here.  The food is perfect for appetizers & excellent dining.  The drinks of course are why you’re here.  Cool outdoor bar / patio area to lounge, or choose to be inside in a cozy bar setting.  Get’s crowded and fun on weekends.  Price Range:  $5-19.  Cuisines:  Caribbean / Cafe / Grill.  Trip Advisor Link

*Kasalta Bakery: A delightful Cuban bakery with about as many choices as you can imagine.  Sweet tooth?  Breakfast?  Sandwich?  Coffee?  This place on Ocean Park has it.  A tad bit pricey though and slightly expensive, but still some of the best food in Ocean Park.  Try the ternera sandwich with angus.  Excellent.  Also the Cubano Sandwich is a specialty.  Price Range:  $7-25.  Cuisines:  American, Spanish, International.  Trip Advisor Link

*La B De Burro:  Small and tiny, but don’t let that fool you it’s a great Mexican restaurant.  Try the burritos and have a great and casual conversation with a friend.  Price Range:  $5-14.  Cuisines: Mexican.  Trip Advisor Link

 *Rosalia International Restaurant:   By far one of the best restaurants when it comes to absolutely delicious plates.  Great environment, excellent customer service, and good music playing in the background.  What more do you want?  Great presentation of food also.  Located at Las Marias between Ocean Park and Isla Verde.  Update:  We heard it just closed.  Sad to hear as owner provided beyond excellent service.  Price Range:  $12-30.  Cuisines:  International/Caribbean.  Trip Advisor Link

*Pamela’s Restaurant:  A restaurant literally on the beach.  Nice outdoor bar overlooking the beach.  Good food but a bit pricey.  Can’t deny though this is the perfect place for a $5 Medalla Beer.  Price Range:  $25-50.  Cuisines:  Caribbean, Contemporary.  Trip Advisor Link

*Pa’l Cielo:  This is a place where the creative and artistic people hang out.  Come later during a Friday or Saturday night for a good crowd.  Pseudo restaurant and nightlife by the end of the night.  The food is absolutely delicious – especially the ceviche.  The appetizers at this place are great.  However, just know that there is no air conditioning.  Nothing but the fans and breeze.  Gets hot in here.  Price Range:  $6-20.  Cuisines:  Caribbean, Peruvian.  Yelp Link

*La Cueva Del Mar:  If you want good seafood and great restaurant to hang out in with fun vibes this is it.  You can eat so good here for a modest price.  Plus, most of the locals hang out here as well so it’s fast becoming the “hang out” spot.  Price Range:  $4-20.  Cuisines:  Seafood, Caribbean.  Trip Advisor Link

*The Garden:  The place to go if you’re vegetarian or looking for healthy eating alternatives.  Nice ambiance in here.   Breakfast/Brunch, Late night.   Price Range:  10-25.  Cuisines:  Healthy.  Trip Advisor Link

*El Conde Pasta y Pizza:  It’s kinda hidden if you don’t know where to look.  Located on the 2nd floor next to the Shell Gas station on the fork of the road between Ocean Park and Isla Verde.  Great spot for pizza.  Tomato and basil pizza is tremendous.  Price Range:  $5-19.  Cuisines:  Pizza and pasta.  Trip Advisor Link

*Little Italy Pizzeria:  Another one of our favorite pizza places in Ocean Park.  Try their thin crust chorizo pizza and you will not want to stop.  The bottle of sangria is the best on the island.  Price Range:  $7-19.  Cuisines:  Wood brick oven pizzas.   Trip Advisor Link

*Inca Chicken:  Don’t let the name fool you this is not a fast food place when you first notice it.  It’s an excellent Peruvian restaurant that specializes in the most amazing chicken you can ever have.  Try the 1/4 chicken with the white rice and beans.  Price Range:  $8-20.  Cuisines:  Peruvian/Chicken.  Trip Advisor Link

*Super Foods:  For the healthiest and most delicious smoothies with fruits and and a completely organic menu.  This is not so much a restaurant as a quick stop to grab some powerful food.  Delicious shakes. Try the Acai Shake.  Price Range:  $5-15.  Cuisines:  Health shakes.  Trip Advisor Link

*Si No Corro Me Pizza:  Literally translates to if I don’t run they’ll trample me.  Quaint and perfect little spot for delicious pizza.  It’s a tiny place but a great spot for hanging out.  Price Range:  $14-30.  Cuisines:  Pizza/Italian.  Trip Advisor Link

*Tresbe Food Truck:  This yellow food truck in the middle of Loiza Street is a perfect outdoor spot to order great Caribbean food.  Try the fish tacos and the empanadas. Food tours come here it’s getting to be that good.  Recently I had a friend from Puerto Rico visit me from Canada (who now lives in Miami) and he ate here 1st thing after arrival, and last thing before heading to the airport.  The FISH TACOS ARE THAT GOOD!  Price Range:  $3-20.  Cuisines:  Caribbean.  Trip Advisor Link

*Under The Trees:  Located in the plaza at the Doubletree Hotel at the end of Loiza Street, it boasts a terrific ambiance and delicious food.  They serve in the style of buffets so you can have your choices.  The Mojito’s and drinks are also just right at this place.  Price Range:  $10-25.  Cuisines:  Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner – Eclectic Cuisine.  Trip Advisor Link

*Molinas Native Cuisine:  We haven’t been here per say except once to say hello to the owner for one quick second when I was working another job selling payroll technology.  The restaurant is super small, yet all we hear is that the food is tremendous and the prices are inexpensive.  Good spot for breakfast as well.  UPDATE:  We recently came and ate here and the service and food were beyond exceptional.  Try the “Rabo Encendido” or Ox’s Tail.  The meat just comes off the bone in the most savory of ways.  Price Range:  $7-20.  Cuisines:  Latin.  Yelp Link

*Fleria Greek Cafe:  A completely different place to grab a bite to eat.  Try some greek food near Calle Taft on Loiza if that’s the mood that strikes you.  Price Range:  $10-25.  Cuisines:  Greek.  Trip Advisor Link

*Panuchos:  Late night Mexican restaurant on Loiza.  Price Range:  $3-10.  Cuisines:  Mexican.  Trip Advisor Link

*Kamoli Kafe & Boutique:  On Calle Taft, it’s a nice outdoor restaurant/cafe/boutique/slash/casual hangout.  Price Range:  $5-20.  Cuisines:  Cofee/Tea/Appetizers.  Yelp Link

*Caba Wine Bistro:  Trip Advisor Link

*Silk:  Asian food and elegant environment under the Doubletree hotel at the end of Calle Loiza.  Price Range: $15-40.  Cuisines:  Asian. Trip Advisor Link

*Basilio’s:  (Formerly known as Bebo’s Cafe).  If it’s the same restaurant, then it’s good food and typical Puerto Rican cuisines at an inexpensive price.  Sort of like that restaurant you can always count on for serving hearty inexpensive home cooking type food. If you haven’t eaten MOFONGO, you haven’t traveled to Puerto Rico.  It’s just the truth.  So here’s a great place to try! Price Range:  $4-15.  Cuisines:  Puerto Rico typical. Trip Advisor Link





*El Bar Bero:  Trip Advisor Link
This is the local bar hangout for the up and coming professional/artistic local crowd of Puerto Rico.  It’s a tiny bar with a “it’s a barbershop/bar” concept – thus, El Bar Bero.  The Haircutter.  Except it’s a better play on words and bar than one named Haircutters Bar.  Not the same flow in English.  Sings better in spanish.  Anyways, cool little bar to try a Medalla.

*Marimba House of Jazz & Blues:  Facebook Page

*The Plan B:  The Plan B sometimes works out is the theme of this bar/restaurant.  What’s cool about this spot is the decor of musical legends and artists.  The Plan B is known for it’s pizza, it’s live music, and people watching.  Fun nightlife environment unless you don’t have a a pulse or are bored.  My favorite artpiece of course in the bar is the Woodstock artwork.  Cool bar.  I love this place.  Price Range:  $6-16.  Cuisines:  Pizza.  More of a hangout/bar scene just as El Bar Bero right next to it. Trip Advisor Link



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