Plan Your Visit

Plan your Visit

In addition to its ecological value, the Wildlife Refuge contains important archeological and historic sites such as the Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, sugar cane era ruins and military era facilities.


Además de su valor ecológico, el Refugio Nacional posee importantes lugares arqueológicos e históricos tales como el faro de Puerto Ferro, las ruinas de la época de la caña de azúcar e instalaciones que datan de la época militar.

Station Address:    PO Box 1527 – Vieques, PR 00765
Physical Address:   Road 997 – Km 3.2, Vieques, PR 00765
Phone Number:      787-741-2138 – Fax 787-741-2158
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Wildlife Refuge Hours / Horario Refugio de Vida Silvestre

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Points of Interest

The Vieques NWR can be visited on both the western and eastern sides of Vieques, and is open to the public year-round. Currently, a major portion of the eastern wildlife refuge is closed due to the danger of unexploded ordnance and the associated clean-up process.

Recreational activities at the open to the public areas include bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and interpretation. In addition, our visitors will be able to do kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, and SCUBA diving at the beaches and lagoons.

The open to the public beaches are considered among the most beautiful in Puerto Rico and are one of the chief aesthetic attractions to the area. In addition to the beaches, there are also various marine ecosystems such as lagoons, salt flats and mangrove forests to explore, as well as interpretive trails.

The Vieques NWR has a Visitor Center at the Administration Office. The entrance to the Center is free and is open Monday – Friday from 8 am to 3 pm. The Visitor Center provides environmental education opportunities to explore, discover, and learn more about the flora, fauna and history of the island. Exhibits include endangered species replicas, preserved animals, seashell collections, and sea turtles and manatee skeletons, among others.


Know Before You Go

Please, see the attached PDF Sheet for some safety tips while visiting the Vieques NWR. Enjoy your visit!

Know Before You Go PDF Sheet 


Lugares de Interés

El Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre de Vieques está abierto al público durante todo el año. Al presente, una gran parte del área este del refugio nacional está cerrada al público debido al proceso de limpieza que se lleva a cabo por el peligro existente de municiones sin explotar.

Las actividades recreativas dentro de las áreas abiertas al público incluyen ciclismo, senderismo, paseos a caballo, observación y fotografía de vida silvestre y educación ambiental e interpretación. Además, nuestros visitantes podrán kayakear, esnoquear y bucear en las playas y lagunas del Refugio Nacional.

Las playas abiertas al público están entre las más hermosas de Puerto Rico y son una de las principales atracciones en el Refugio Nacional.

El Refugio Nacional cuenta con un Centro de Visitantes en la Oficina de Administración. La entrada al Centro de Visitantes es libre de costo y está abierto al público de lunes a viernes de 8 am – 3 pm. En este Centro se ofrecen oportunidades de educación ambiental para explorar, descubrir y aprender sobre la flora, fauna e historia de la isla.

Antes de visitarnos…

Favor de acceder al documento PDF para algunos consejos de seguridad mientras visita el Refugio Nacional. ¡Disfrute su visita!

Consejos de Seguridad.pdf