One of the benefits of being on a tropical island is all the fresh fruit. You'll be amazed by the wide variety of fruit the Island of Vieques has to offer. When discovering new and unfamiliar plants, it's good to know what fruit can be eaten and more importantly, what fruit must be avoided. We have largely beneficial fruit like mangoes, which can also be used as natural remedies (click here for more), to the deadly manchineel tree (beach apple) which produces delicious looking toxic apples and should be avoided at all cost (click here for more). After a nature walk with us you will be better suited to survive off the land in a tropical setting similar to this one.
Besides the well-known animals like chickens, cats, and dogs there are plenty of critters on Vieques that would be new discoveries to you. From the famous Puerto Rican frog, the Coquí, to the beautiful yet illusive Puerto Rican ground lizard, our trained guides always point out all interesting animals they spot. Due to the island's seclusion from other land masses, we have more varying types of birds than any other land animal. Although thought to be extinct, Vieques still has a small and highly illusive colony of Puerto Rican green parrots and our guides know where to catch a glimpse of them. We have so much more to share. We can't wait!
A controversial archaeological site which challenges history itself as we know it and threatens to call for history books to be rewritten. A stronghold for true pirates of the Caribbean and other lawless fugitives. A hero who defied the odds and subdued a band of pirates that systematically interrupted trade to America, and then built a society on sugar. The disbursement of a culture to new lands and families torn apart by the militarization of their island home. Vieques has a rich and controversial history and we would like to take you around and show you our home and tell you our story.
The people of Puerto Rico are very humble and have a culture of hospitality. All visitors are made to feel like they are home and all friends are treated as family. Vieques was established by exporting sugar. All the sugar plantation workers were voluntary and compensated for their labor. Vieques became a melting pot where people from many backgrounds came together paving the way for an entirely new culture. In 1941 the US NAVY took over 75% of the island displacing many families to St. Croix, St. Thomas, and Hawaii just to name a few. Now people from Vieques live around the world but stay proud and true to their Viequense culture. The best way to bond is by having an adventure together. Come, get to know us.
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Each excursion is specifically tailored to compliment your party's interests.
Duration: 3 Hours
1 guest $100 per person
2-6 guests $85 per person
7+ guests $75 per person
No charge for children ages 4 and younger, 50% off for children 5-12 and seniors 55+ and military with proof of service
Q: Where should I stay?
A: Check if Joe and Maria have space at The Vieques Tropical Guesthouse
Q: How should I dress?
A: We at times travel through some brush so we suggest wearing long sleeves, sturdy walking shoes, and sunscreen. You may also want to wear some bug spray.
Q: How do we get to the excursion sites?
A: We pick you up from your hotel or Airbnb. Groups of more than 6 will need to provide a 2nd vehicle.
Q: Will I be able to purchase water somewhere?
A: You are welcome to bring your own bottle but we will provide 2 bottles of water per person and a light re-energizing snack.
Q: Are there wild animals I should worry about?
A: The wildlife on Vieques is the skittish type, they avoid human contact so chances of getting attacked by one are very low. If you are allergic to bees, we do suggest bringing your epinephrine to be on the safe side.
Q: Will we be walking the whole 3 hours?
A: No, we will be transporting in the vehicle from site to site.
Q: What if the snack isn’t enough?
A: We can stop by a food truck along the way.