Do you have a medical condition that may require emergency medical care? If you do, we highly encourage you to speak to your family doctor before travel. Vieques only has a small hospital which is not equipped to handle all medical emergencies. Many patients have to be transported to the main island of Puerto Rico whether permitting. On the island of Vieques the only Clinic is located on the town of Isabel Segunda. Centro de Salud de Familia:
- Location- south of Isabel Segunda on Hwy 997
- Hours: Clinic is open Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:30pm, Emergency Room, open 24 Hours
- In the case of a serious medical emergency you may need to be transported to the town of Fajardo or the capital of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
If you visit Culebra and you have a serious medical condition that may need attention, beware that the medical services in Culebra are limited as well. In the case of a serious medical emergency, you will need to be transported to the municipality of Fajardo or San Juan, Puerto Rico. On the main island of Puerto Rico you will find a Centro de Salud (Health Center) in every town, bigger, some have hospitals which are mostly located in the metropolitan areas. Major cities have 24 hour emergency services. You are in good hands, the island of Puerto Rico offers the best care in the Caribbean. Most hospitals have English-speaking doctors, the smaller Clinics may not, but they will find someone to translate for you. If you have a minor medical issue, you may visit any clinic or hospital, should you have an emergency, dial 911, and an operator will send an ambulance, police, or a fire brigade as needed. Puerto Rico Hospitals take many of the US medical insurance plans. Foreigners may have to pay for medical attention. Please call your medical insurance provider to get more information on coverage abroad. Some major credit card companies offer supplemental Travel Insurance.
It is warm in the Caribbean, so it is very important that you drink plenty of fluids, more than you usually drink at home, in order to prevent dehydration. Watch for symptoms of dehydration: dizziness, extreme thirst, nausea, or headaches. Beverages that are caffeinated, or contain alcohol can make it worse. Consult a doctor if you feel the following symptoms: severe headaches, rising of body temperature, if you feel delirious or your body stops sweating. These symptoms could be signs of heat stress which could lead into heatstroke. Go to a cool place, and consult a doctor.
Vieques Travel Guide.com has also provided you with links to useful information on Health and Travel (open in a new window)
To avoid sunburn always wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more. If you wish to contribute towards helping to protect our coral reefs, please consider wearing an all natural sunscreen lotion, we love this one. If you happen to get sunburned, please drink lots of liquids. Lotions or gels with aloe vera will help alleviate the sunburned skin. Not taking proper care of your skin, especially children, could lead to sun poisoning. Symptoms are fever, nausea, vomiting and chills. Seek medical attention should this happen during your vacation, don’t wait until you get back home to treat it. Taking good care of yourself, and your loved ones should always be your main priority during a vacation, or you won’t be able to enjoy it. More information on Sun Poisoning.
Water in Vieques & Puerto Rico
The tap water in Puerto Rico is safe to drink. To prevent food diseases, make sure your food is properly cooked. Generally whether at home or traveling abroad, one may experience diahrrea, nausea, urgency and bloating, this could be a result of eating uncooked food or drinking water that was untreated. Make sure you drink plenty of liquids. Consult a doctor for medical advice and treatment, especially if it is a child.
We don’t travel without our favorite water bottles which come with a filter, saves us money and we can get water right from a faucet with more peace of mind.
We wish you a healthy and enjoyable vacation to the island of Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico.
NOTE: This page is intended for informational purposes only, it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health and travel.