Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.



Public Notice

Please see the downloadable public notice flyers, in English and Spanish, regarding visitor activities allowed on the refuge during COVID19.

Public Notice Visitor Activities

Refuge Brochure - Spanish

A quick overview of the refuge in PDF format.

Vieques Brochure - Spanish

Refuge Brochure - English

A quick overview of the refuge in PDF format.

Vieques Brochure - English
A Great Honor

One of the Best!

The Vieques NWR was awarded a great honor in 2015, when the general public voted it the fourth best national wildlife refuge within the entire Refuge System. This refuge offers great natural beauty and it is the second largest conservation area in all of the Puerto Rico Archipelago and the U.S. Virgin islands. It is considered to be a remote location, yet it is also technically an urban refuge; providing year around access to thousands of visitors. The VNWR borders the population center of Vieques, is within 20 miles of an urban population of 100,000+ people and within 40 miles of an urban population of 1,000,000+ people.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS