Names Used for Vieques
- Isla de Vieques – Official Name
- Bieke – Named by the Indians
- Isla Nena – kindly called by residents which translates to little girl island
- Vieques Island – English
- Spanish Virgin Islands – Named commonly used by sailors to describe the sister islands of Vieques and Culebra.
- Vieques – simply the short name
Where is Isla de Vieques?
Vieques Island is located just a short 6 miles off the southeast coast of Puerto Rico, the Star of the Caribbean. Puerto Rico also possesses several other offshore islands; Isla de Culebra, Isla de Mona, Isla Desecheo, Isla de Vieques is the largest of all the Puerto Rico Islands.
Basic Facts about Vieques
- Zip Code: 00765
- Currency: U.S.A. Dollar
- Electric: Current is 110 volts AC, same as the United States
- Language: Spanish & English are the official languages in Puerto Rico. Spanish is preferred but many locals speak English as well. Vacation Rental owners and hotels all speak English.
- Holidays: In addition to the United States government holidays, another nine local holidays are celebrated. Please see our Practical Information page for a list of holidays in Vieques. For events in Vieques visit our directory.
- Mayor of Vieques Island, Puerto Rico – Hon. Víctor Emeric (PPD) Address: Calle Carlos Lebrun, #449 Vieques, PR 00765 Telephone: (787) 741-5000 Fax (787) 741-0565
- Newspaper: Vieques Renace
- Population: About 10,000 – Residents are called Viequenses
- Size of the Island: Vieques is about 21 miles wide (east to west) and 5 miles from north to south. Good things come in small packages.
- Temperature: Average of 79 – 82 F. More on Vieques Weather
- Time: AST (Atlantic Standard Time)
- Topography: Vieques is made up of hills and valleys. The highest point on the island is Monte Pirata (Pirate’s Hill) which is 987 feet above sea level. The coastal areas consist of lagoons and mangrove swamps.
Emergency Services in Vieques
- If you experience a real emergency please dial 911
- Fire Department – (787) 741-2111
- Police Department – (787) 741-2020
- City Hall Office (787) 741-5000
- If you experience any electricity problems during your stay, first call the property manager of your vacation rental or hotel or call AEE (787) 289-3434
- The hospital number is (787) 741-3282