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Now you can track most ferries online at Marinetraffic.com or ShipFinder app on your cell phone. But beware that the current ferry status may not help to predict future performance because the administration of the ferries may change the ferry rotation at any time without warning.

 

DTOP used to have online cameras for each harbor before Hurricane Maria but now they have an old still image.Here is the one in Vieques and here is the one in Culebra.

 

  The camera in Fajardo:

  The Fajardo terminal was found structurally deficient and, due to safety issues, was closed down by the Coast Guard in November 2016. Since then, only the bathrooms inside the terminal can be used. Everybody has to wait under tents for the ferry boarding time. A little inconvenience for a cheap $2.00 fare might not be that bad, right?

The government recently announced the moving of the Vieques-Fajardo ferry route to the town of Ceiba. This will decrease travel time and will increase the rate for tourists. No details available yet.

Continue below for more ferry information and schedules.


Photo by Oscar Bermudez

Maritime transportation to Vieques is provided by an agency of the Puerto Rico government called "Autoridad de Transporte Marítimo" or ATM, a branch of the DTOP Department. The ATM uses two types of boats to provide transportation to and from Vieques. One type is the cargo boat which locals call "ferry", the second type is the passenger boat which locals call "lancha". When speaking to a local about passenger transportation make sure he/she understands you are not referring to cargo transportation when you use the word "ferry".

The difference between a "ferry" and a "lancha" is that the "ferry" can take vehicles along with passengers. "Lanchas" can only take passengers. Because most of the "ferry" space is for vehicles, they can take fewer passengers than the "lanchas". Another difference is that "ferries" usually take longer than "lanchas" to traverse the same distance because of the weight they carry, which also usually makes them more stable and causes them to bounce around less with big waves. But since most "lanchas" are broken, ATM is using only ferries between Fajardo and Vieques in a consolidated schedule.

 


Photo by Oscar Bermudez

 

VIEQUES FAJARDO CONSOLIDATED CARGO AND PASSENGER SCHEDULE

 

CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULE FAJARDO-VIEQUES
Departs ViequesDeparts Fajardo
6:00 AM daily4:00 AM mon to fri except holiday
6:00 AM mon to fri except holidays
6:30 AM sat, sun & holiday9:00 AM
11:00 AM1:00 PM
3:00 PM4:45 PM
6:30 PM8:15 PM



You can purchase your ferry ticket at each harbor: Fajardo, Vieques or Culebra. Even with a ticket on hand you need to get to the port at least 30 minutes early, the ticket says 1 hour. If you are planning on traveling on the first ferry on Saturday mornings towards Vieques or Culebra or the Sunday mid-day ferry back from Vieques or Culebra to Fajardo, either get to the harbor several hours ahead or buy your tickets before hand and get to harbor at least 1 hour ahead.

If you are returning to the International Airport in San Juan by ferry, allow yourself a minimum of 6 hours from the scheduled ferry departure time in Vieques to your flight departure time in San Juan. You need to get to the International Airport at least 2 hours ahead. Ferry time: on water, unloading, loading to taxi: 1 hr 30 min or more depending on vessel. Travel time from Fajardo to San Juan: 1 hr 15 min in good traffic. Allow time for contingencies.

 

 

 


Photo by Oscar Bermudez

  • VIEQUES FERRY CARS/CARGO TRANSPORTATION

     A great vacation in Vieques requires planning ahead if you intend on bringing a car from Puerto Rico. Vieques ferry system requires a reservation be made ahead of time for vehicles because very few spaces are left for stand-by.

      If you are renting a car in Puerto Rico, check with your car rental agent before attempting to bring it to Vieques. You run the risk not being able to bring it back to Puerto Rico due to ferry problems.

      A round trip car transportation fee on the Vieques ferry for a medium size car or truck is $29 (this fee includes the drivers ticket). Passengers pay the $2/person fee in addition to the car fee. Cargo reservations can only be done in person at the harbor with the car registration and the driver license. The harbor offices should be open at the following hours but seldom are. Mon to Fri 7:30 am to 7:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am to 2:00 pm



    Updated July 07, 2018

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