Catch the Ferry from Fajardo to Culebra or Vieques

Here is the truth….the ferry system isn’t good. It is frequently late. Personally, I don’t think it is worth valuable vacation time to use it. If you want to go to Culebra or Vieques and you can afford it, fly- either from Isla Grande or Ceiba airports. If you only want to spend $5 for transportation, then you will have to deal with this flawed system and hope for the best….sometimes it does actually run on time We say- “if you have more money than time, fly. If you have more time than money, take the ferry. But you get what you pay for”!

I was told on 02 May 2013 that they don’t sell tickets to Culebra at the window prior to the day of departure, but they may sell tickets to Vieques a day or two before the travel date. But I don’t know if that is true, I would still try for Culebra tickets if you are near the terminal as they have 50 tickets available for pre-sale. You can also try at the cargo ferry office (just around the corner from the ticket window.

Fajardo Ferry

An economical (though not easy) way to get to the out-islands of Culebra and Vieques is by using the passenger ferry (La Lancha). These ferries, operated by the Integrated Transportation Authority of Puerto Rico (Autoridad de Transporte Integrado de Puerto Rico or ATI), carry about 200-600 passengers and run during the day hours, 365 days a year.

Depending on the particular ferry they’re using the day you go, you may be able to get a seat outside on the upper deck.But don’t count on it. There are fewer seats outside than inside. Depending on the wind, the diesel exhaust can make for a smelly ride if you’re outside. I normally try to get a seat outside, because it is a nice view, and the breeze is nice. Inside the main cabins, it is air conditioned to about 65 degrees! Bring a jacket or wrap up in a beach blanket, especially for the ride home when you may still be wet from swimming. Note: they do not always allow people to use the outside seating and only a few ferries even have outdoor seating.

The trip over can be a little rough. Sea sickness bags are available on-board. If you are prone to motion sickness, take sea sickness medicine at least one hour before boarding the ferry so that is ready to work when you need it. Sometimes the seas are flat, and sometimes they’re not. I find the trip back to Fajardo to be less rough than the trip to the islands.

There are only a limited number of tickets available for each ferry. It is recommended to get to the ticket office (across the street from the actual terminal) about 1-2 hours before the scheduled departure (at least 2 hrs early or more for the 9/9:30am ferry, as this one sells out the most). Residents of the municipal islands have priority over other travelers. There are sometimes long lines, and they do sell out (especially on weekends in the summer and holidays and usually the 9am ferry to Culebra almost everyday). There are separate windows for Vieques, Culebra and the cargo ferries, so make sure you get in the correct line. When you buy your tickets, buy the round trip, so you don’t have to wait on line to buy your return ticket. In the past, we have gone a day or two early before a desired trip and bought the tickets ahead of time, but this is not always allowed (see note above). Ticket windows only open for ticket sales about 1-1.5 hr before the ferry is set to leave and closes at 8pm weekdays and 7pm weekends. You will be standing( sometimes for 2-3 hrs) in one long line (in the sun) to buy your ticket, so bring a hat, sunscreen and water. After you get your ticket, you wait on another line (again in the sun) to get into the terminal, so if you have other people in your party, have them wait in separate lines. It may be difficult to figure out which line is for what, no one seems to know what is going on, or if they do, they aren’t telling anyone. Last time I used the ferry for a day trip to Culebra, it was all a nightmare.

Ferry Terminal in Fajardo

They announce the ferry boarding in Spanish. If you are unsure if you are boarding the correct ferry, just ask the ticket takers or some locals.

You can bring coolers, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, snorkel gear, etc. with you. The coolers and large things will be stored away from the seating areas- usually outside and/or in the front or the back of the boat – the crew will tell you where to put the items, and you have to go pick it up on the way off the ferry. There is a charge if you have extra stuff, just a buck or two each (see DTOP webpage for full details) – supposedly only “one bag” per person allowed. Tell them what you are bringing at the ticket counter, or you will have to run back and pay the additional fee before they allow you on the ferry. Animals are allowed on the ferry if they are in a crate or cage and you have paid the fee for them. Bikes are only allowed on the cargo ferry.

The ferries usually run "on-time", give or take a little. :-) They may leave early if they have sold all the seats and are loaded early.

When you get off the ferry on either island, you’ll find a little town right there, where you can find something to eat or drink, and places to rent snorkel gear, etc. There will also be plenty of taxis available.

There is a cargo ferry that runs from Fajardo to the islands, but this is mainly for the locals and supplies. Anyone can ride as a passenger on this ferry, but for cargo and cars, it is a locals only thing. Most car rental companies do not permit their cars to leave the mainland. Reservations must be made in advance for the cargo ferry, and you may be bumped off even if you have a reservation if there is something that has to get to the island at the last minute. Taking a car on the cargo ferry is not something I would recommend anyone try to do on vacation. There are rental cars available on the islands – reserve a car. On Culebra, there will be a car rental representative available for you when you get off the passenger ferry. On Vieques, it is better to take a taxi to the car rental agency.

If you drive to the Fajardo ferry terminal, there is a public parking lot that is available 24 hours/day. Cost $5 per day plus tax. Your car should be fine parked in this lot. Note- take your ticket with you, you have to pay before getting back to your car. Also, there are locals that have parking available in small lots in the area around the ferry terminal.

A one-way ticket to Culebra costs $2.25 per person. A one-way ticket to Vieques costs $2.00 per person. Kids 3-11 years old and seniors 60-74 years old cost $1.00 per person, seniors 75 years and older are free. Parking in the public lot costs $5.00 per day plus tax.

Here is the passenger ferry schedule, from DTOP as of 2/18 :

  • Fajardo to Culebra (7 days/week & holidays)
    9:00am • 3:00pm • 7:00pm.
  • Culebra to Fajardo (7 day/week)
    6am, 1pm, 5pm.
  • Fajardo to Vieques M-F – Not on holidays): 4am, 9:00am, 1pm, 4:45pm, 8:15pm. Sat/Sun/Holidays- 9am,1pm, 4:45p, 8:15p
  • Vieques to Fajardo M-F (not on holidays) 6:00am, 11am, 3pm , 6:30pm. Sat/Sun/Holidays- 6:30a, 11am, 3pm , 6:30pm

Note- passengers can also get onto the cargo ferry, these ships run frequently, but may (or may not) take longer. See our article for times of the the cargo ferry out of Fajardo.

If you are very patient and very lucky, you can try to call or email to buy your tickets with a credit card ahead of time. Note – this is not a reservation, it is more of a "hold". It is very difficult to get through to someone on the phone in the ticket office. They only sell 50 tickets for any future date. If you are able to purchase tickets ahead of time, on the day of your ferry trip, you can go to a separate window to pick up your tickets (it is to the far right). But be aware, your passage on the assigned ferry is not guaranteed- you don’t have a reservation. Until you have a ticket in hand, you do not have a seat on the ferry. The ticket office will be selling tickets that day also. So if you’re late, they will fill the ferry with passengers that were waiting in line ahead of you, selling your ticket. So still get there early. You can try this, it sometimes works, but not often. I have had better luck sending a message to the DTOP Facebook page Note- I hear you can call 311 (while in PR) at least 15 days beforehand. You can leave a message, but you need to make sure you talk to someone to take your information. They will call you back with confirmation and to get payment.

As of Nov. 2008, there is no ferry service between the islands of Vieques and Culebra. Also, there is no high-speed ferry service to either island from the San Juan area.

Depending on wind and sea conditions, the trip between Fajardo and either island takes about 1 to 1½ hours each way. If the seas are too rough, or there is mechanical failure, they may cancel the trip. It does occasionally happen.

For info (and for hardy souls that want to try to pre-purchase of tickets) you can try: 787-494-0934 extensions 2736, 2728, 2729, or 2727 (only Mon- Fri from about 7:20-9am, and 10am -3pm) or email them : and provide your contact info and they will call or email you back. If you are In PR, I hear you can call 311 at least 5 days beforehand. You can leave a message, but you need to make sure you talk to someone to take your information. They will call you back with confirmation and to get payment. Good Luck!

You can visit the Puerto Rico Port Authority web site for more info.

Take Route 3 to Fajardo, and turn onto Route 194. There’s a traffic light and a Shell station at this intersection. It’s right near where Route 3 and Route 53 (the toll road) come together. Stay on Route 194 (it’s a winding road) until you get to Route 195. There’s a traffic light at this intersection, and a Burger King just through the light on the left. There’s also a sign for the ferry terminal on the corner. Turn right onto Route 195. Continue on Route 195 (it goes through a little town) until it ends. Pass through the arch at the end of the street (this will make sense when you see it), and the parking lot is on the right. It costs $5 plus tax for the day (up to a 24hr period). The ferry terminal and ticket office is to the left. Just walk along the water after you park your car.

The ferry terminal in Fajardo is about a 45-minute drive from Rio Grande

Fajardo Ferry

Una forma económica de transportarse hacia las islas de Culebra y Vieques es el usar sus lanchas de pasajeros. Estas embarcaciones, operadas por la División Marítima de la Autoridad Portuaria, llevan de 200–600 pasajeros y viajan durante las horas del día, los 365 días del año.

Hay la posibilidad de que pueda conseguir un asiento en la cubierta superior, dependiendo de el ferry o lancha en particular que se esté usando el día que vaya, Hay menos asientos en el exterior que en el interior del navío. Los gases de escape diésel pueden hacer del paseo uno maloliente si se esta sentado en el exterior del barco; claro, dependiendo de la dirección del viento. Yo normalmente trato de conseguir un asiento exterior para apreciar la vista y disfrutar de la brisa. ¡Dentro de las cabinas principales, el aire acondicionado se mantiene a 65 grados! Es recomendable llevar un abrigo o envolverse en una manta de playa, especialmente en el viaje de retorno a casa, si todavía usted está húmedo por la natación o la playa. Ojo: no siempre permiten a la gente sentarse en los asientos al aire libre.

El viaje puede ser un poco áspero. Hay bolsas de mareo disponibles a bordo. Si usted es propenso al mareo, debe tomar medicamentos al menos una hora antes de subir al ferry. A veces el mar está tranquilo y a veces no. A mi me parece que el viaje de regreso a Fajardo es menos duro que el viaje de ida a las islas.

Hay sólo un número limitado de entradas disponibles para cada barco. Se recomienda llegar a la taquilla (que esta localizada al cruzar la calle del terminal) alrededor de una hora antes de la salida. Los residentes de las islas municipio tienen prioridad sobre los otros viajeros. A veces hay largas colas, y los boletos de agotan (sobre todo los fines de semana en el verano y en las vacaciones). Cuando usted compre sus entradas asegúrese de comprar el boleto de ida y vuelta, para que no tenga que volver a esperar en fila para comprarlo al regresar.

Ferry Terminal in Fajardo

Es casi inútil hacerlo, pero usted puede intentar llamar para comprar sus boletos con tarjeta de crédito antes de tiempo. Nota: esta no es una reservación , es más bien un "hold". Las entradas se pueden comprar hasta con un año de anticipación. Es muy difícil conseguir a alguien de la taquilla por teléfono, así que tenga paciencia e inténtelo unas cuantas veces.

Si usted compra boletos con anticipación, el día de su viaje en el ferry, se puede ir a una casilla separada para recogerlos (que esta en el extremo derecho). Pero tenga en cuenta, que su admisión al ferry asignado no está garantizada; no hacen reservaciones. Hasta que usted tenga un boleto en la mano, no tendrá asiento en el ferry. La taquilla venderá entradas ese día también. Así que si llega tarde, se llenará el ferry con los pasajeros que esperan en fila delante de usted Así que hay que ir con suficiente anticipación pues de lo contrario venderán su asiento.

Ellos anuncian el embarque del ferry en español. Si no sabe español y no está seguro si es el ferry que debe abordar, simplemente pregunte al encargado o a otra persona.

Usted puede traer hieleras, sillas de playa, sombrillas, equipo de bucear, etc. Las neveritas (especialmente si son grandes y contienen bebidas alcohólicas) y otras cosas de gran tamaño, se almacenan fuera, en el frente o en la parte de atrás del barco – el personal le dirá dónde ubicarlas, y donde recogerlas al abandonar el ferry. Hay un cargo extra si tiene “extra” cosas – supuestamente admiten sólo "un equipaje de mano" por persona. Se admiten animales en el ferry si se encuentran encerrados en una caja o jaula y si se ha pagado la cuota por los mismos. La bicicletas sólo se permiten en la lancha de carga.

Las lanchas generalmente salen "a tiempo", más o menos. :-)

Al bajar del ferry en cada isla, encontraras un pequeño centro urbano frente a ti, donde se puede encontrar algo para comer o beber, y lugares para alquilar equipos de buceo, etc También hay una gran cantidad de taxis.

Hay un ferry de carga que va desde Fajardo a las islas, pero este es usado principalmente para transportar a los habitantes de las islas y su carga. Cualquier persona puede ir como pasajero en este ferry, pero se usa esencialmente para transportar la carga y los automóviles de los habitantes de la isla municipio. La mayoría de las compañías de alquiler de autos no permiten que sus vehículos salgan de la isla grande. Las reservaciones para la lancha de carga deben hacerse con antelación y existe la posibilidad de que se la cancelen con o sin reservación. Tome esto en cuenta en caso de que por casualidad tuviese que llevar algo extra a la isla a última hora.

Llevarse su carro en la lancha de carga no es algo que yo recomendaría a nadie en sus vacaciones. Hay automóviles de alquiler disponibles en las islas. En Culebra, habrá un representante de alquiler de carros disponible para usted cuando usted baja del ferry de pasajeros. En Vieques, es mejor tomar un taxi que alquilar un auto.

Si usted conduce hasta el terminal del ferry de Fajardo, hay un estacionamiento público que está disponible las 24 horas del día. $5 por dia. Su carro debe estar bien estacionado en el lote. Además, hay otros locales pequeños disponibles para estacionamiento en los alrededores de ese terminal.

Un boleto de ida a Culebra cuesta $2.25 por persona. Un boleto de ida a Vieques cuesta $2.00 por persona. Niños 3–11 años de edad y adultos mayores 60–74 años de edad pagan de $1.00 por persona, las personas mayores de 75 años entran gratis. Aparcarse en el estacionamiento público cuesta $5.00 por día más impuestos.

Este es el horario del ferry, Junio 2013:

  • Fajardo a Culebra (7 días/semana y días festivos )
    9:00am • 3:00pm • 7:00pm.
  • Culebra a Fajardo (7 días/semana y días festivos)
    6:30am • 1:00pm • 5:00pm.
  • Fajardo a Vieques (Lunes-Viernes)4am, 9:00am, 1pm, 4:45pm, 8:15pm. Fin de semanas y festivos- 9am,1pm,4:45pm,8:15pm
  • Vieques a Fajardo (Lunes-Viernes)6:00am,6:30am, 11am, 3pm , 6:30pm. Fin de semanas y festivos- 6:30am, 11am, 3pm, 6:30pm.

Desde noviembre del 2008, no hay servicio de ferry entre las islas de Vieques y Culebra. Además, no hay servicio de ferry de alta velocidad a cualquier isla de la zona.

Dependiendo de las condiciones del viento y el mar, el viaje entre Fajardo y la isla tarda de 1 a 1½ horas en cada dirección. Si el mar está demasiado agitado, o hay una falla mecánica, se puede cancelar el viaje. Esto sucede de vez en cuando.

Si usted desea tratar de comprar los boletos para La Lancha con anticipación puede intentarlo llamando a uno de los siguientes teléfonos: 787–494–0934. Estas lineas sólo son contestadas en vivo de lunes a viernes, de 7:30am- 3pm. Una vez que usted logre comunicarse puede comprar sus entradas utilizando su tarjeta de crédito. Ellos le darán un número de referencia . El día de su viaje, usted podrá recoger sus boletos en la ventanilla de Fajardo sin tener que esperar en la línea habitual. Debe haber un guardia u oficial, cerca de la ventana, le indica que ya han pagado por sus boletos y que desea recogerlos. Asegúrese de tener su número de referencia. Debe llegar temprano, incluso si es pre–pagado. Recuerde nuevamente que usted no tiene un asiento garantizado en un viaje de la lancha. Debe llegar temprano para recoger sus boletos.

Puede visitar el sitio web de la Autoridad de Puertos de Puerto Rico para mayor información.

Como llegar: Tome la Ruta 3 a Fajardo, y gire en la carretera #194. Hay un semáforo y una gasolinera Shell en esa intersección. Está justo cerca de la unión de la Ruta 3 y la Ruta 53 (la del peaje). Manténgase en la carretera 194 (esta carretera tiene algunas curvas) hasta llegar a la ruta 195. Hay un semáforo en esa intersección, y un Burger King a la izquierda. Hay también un letrero de el terminal de la lancha en la esquina. Gire a la derecha hacia la carretera 195. Continúe por la 195 (atravesará un poblado pequeño) y continúe hasta el final . Pase por el arco en el final de la calle (esto tendrá sentido cuando lo vea), y el estacionamiento se encuentra a la derecha. El terminal del ferry y la taquilla están a la izquierda. Sólo tendrá que caminar un tramo junto al mar después de estacionar su coche.

La terminal de la lancha en Fajardo está a unos 45 minutos de Río Grande

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I believe they still do it at for culebra and for both islands. We have never used these companies, so can't say anything about them.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Jun 2018

Is there a website where I can purchase tickets online in advance? Even for an extra fee.

Comment by Sion on 25 Jun 2018

If you are planning to ride your motorcycle on the ferry, it is best to bring your own tie down strap or rope as they are not provided and you are not supposed to sit on your bikes while underway. Although, we did sit on our bikes and got tie downs for the return trip.

Comment by George T Wallace IV on 10 Apr 2018

they are running as usual. Sometimes good, sometimes bad.

Comment by Gwenn on 04 Apr 2018

Are the ferrys working normally?

Comment by Carlos on 04 Apr 2018

Book a flight. Ferry is rarely reliable enough to chance it.

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Jan 2018

I read the ferrys are operating as per usual between Vieques and Fajardo- would you say they have become more reliable? And would say the 6am ferry from Vie- Faj generally be on time? We are trying to decide whether to book a flight as we need to be back in San Juan by 10am or take the much cheaper option of ferry and cab/driver?

Comment by Luisa on 18 Jan 2018

Ferries are a mess right now- only 1 ferry working for both islands. Priority to residents of small islands. Both islands are getting energized soon, so I think they should start accepting day trippers once ferry is repaired.

Comment by Gwenn on 08 Dec 2017

Is the ferry still not accepting day trippers post María?

Comment by Emily Rybicki on 07 Dec 2017

Yes, the ferry can be bad. Our article tries to give that impression and most of the 329 comments state if right out. I added a point blank comment on top of the article that says to fly over. But we give the ferry information for completeness. And sometimes, it actually runs well...thing is, it is a crap shoot and you got a bad day.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Jun 2017

Horrible experience getting to Culebra. Arrived at the dock approximately 4:30am. Not a hard time buying the ticket. Our ticket said boarding was for 9am it's 11am and we're still waiting in line. I would not recommend this trip to anyone. Waste of a day !

Comment by Kinysha Castellano on 28 Jun 2017

Thanks- I updated the article!

Comment by Gwenn on 20 Jun 2017

Great article but please take note: I just called 311 to reserve passenger tickets to Vieques and I was told that all reservations must be placed at least 15 DAYS BEFORE your planned departure date.

Comment by Herbert Cosme on 19 Jun 2017

July is the busiest month of the year- everyone is on vacation. Chances are ferries will sell out quickly. If you can get the ticket ahead of time (with a tour), that would be the way to go. Or fly. It is possible they will have an extra ferry running, but there is no way to know.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Jun 2017

Hi, We are planning a trip for the July 4th weekend and wanted to check whether it will be better to book a round trip with transportation from PR main land to Culebra (for guided tours) or take the ferry there for these tours?

Comment by Himadri Shekhar Kundu on 17 Jun 2017

I have found it a little easier to get the ferry back to Fajardo. But if you parked your car at the airport, you would have to get to the airport from the ferry dock. We always just do roundtrip flights....the time/aggravation saved makes up for the cost. Reduced stress is what vacation is all about.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 May 2017

Hi, what about coming back from Vieques to Fajardo, is it hard to get on the ferry or would it be easier? Is it easier just to take the plane round trip? Thanks, Sandra

Comment by Sandra Royo on 22 May 2017

There used to be someone that sold them online, but I think that stopped. You can try contacting dtop and see if they can help. But yes, the mid day boat mid week will probably be the easiest to get.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Apr 2017

It is impossible to say. I think local schools won't have started yet, so it might be some last locals summer visits. And then of course, who knows if the ferries will be working well, or the weather may affect it. It is rarely easy to get tickets, but how hard it is depends on too many factors to predict. Mid day ferry is easier to get.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Apr 2017

how about August 2nd and 3rd is it hard to get ferry tickets

Comment by mona on 15 Apr 2017

Greetings, We will be traveling to Vieques and were wondering about getting roundtrip ferry tickets in advance. Could you please advise if an internet address/business exists for this option? Alternately, if that does not exist, from other posts I gather it best to avoid the 9 am ferry crossing. Is this true on Mondays? Fridays? Or more for weekend situations? Gracias

Comment by Travis Gardner on 11 Apr 2017

The answer is a big maybe. Sometimes they let you, sometimes they don't. If you will be in the area, give it a try. July is a very busy vacation month- lots of locals on vacation also, so I think the ferries will be busy.

Comment by Gwenn on 25 Mar 2017

I plan to take day trip to Culebra either on Monday or Tuesday in July. I just wonder if I can travel to Fajardo terminal a few day before my travel date to reserve for tickets instead of buying tickets on the same day?

Comment by Tam on 24 Mar 2017

The ferries are run by the to them about their service. Our article specifically states calling is not easy. We have no control over the system. Personally, we fly over when going to the islands to avoid the whole mess.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Feb 2017

I have tried to contact someone on the phone, I can't seem to get no one to answer is this a legit website or is this bullshit!

Comment by NELIDA FARGAS on 21 Feb 2017

I have not heard lately of any major problems. The large ferry Cayo Blanco is running right now. I believe there will be long lines for the 9am ferries. But if you go mid week, your chances of getting a ticket are pretty good I bet.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Jan 2017

Hi, What's the current status of ferry service? I am visiting PR in first week of Feb'17 and have planned a one day trip to Culebra. Do we expect big line at this time? What are the odds of getting a ticket?

Comment by K Shah on 17 Jan 2017

It depends on how many people are going and where you are starting from exactly. I would say you would need to check Uber (they can't pick up at airport or hotel entrances, but they can meet you on the street by the hotel- not an option at airport), a Taxi, or try a private driver at one of the taxi services (like Luquillo Taxi or Go Shuttle). You would have to call and shop around. But expect about $80.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Dec 2016

Do you know the quickest most economical way to travel from San juan to the ferry terminal?

Comment by kate ann on 14 Dec 2016

Well, the ferry system is bad, there was a 2 day strike this week- so no service at all. Workers are not happy, the boats need maintenance...It really is not reliable. I really recommend flying, but I know that is not an option for everyone. The 4:45 ferry (not 4:15) is a little busier than you might think, since Vieques locals come over for the day to shop and catch this one home. However you can try this new website I saw that offers tickets I am not affiliated with them and have not actually heard of anyone using them yet, but it is worth a shot. HOWEVER- even with a reserved ticket in hand, you are at the mercy of the Ferry Gods.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Oct 2016

Hi, Gwen love you website. Planning to use it as my primary research & info stop. Planning my trip from Dec 9th to 18th. Vieques on 14th Dec(planning for the 17th Biobay tour). a) Have the large ferries started operation again? b) Planning for the 4:15pm ferry time from Fajardo - i reckon the lines aren't the worst at this time but is there a definite website & can prebook/ reserve seats with to Vieques. Thanks!

Comment by Eddie on 20 Oct 2016

Yes, the ferry parking lot in Fajardo is safe. Just make sure nothing of value is visible inside you car, just to be safe.

Comment by Ray on 03 Oct 2016

My friend and I are planning an eight day trip to PR in the beginning of March. We were planning on getting a rental car right away for the whole stay. We also wanted to go to Vieques and stay for a night. Is it okay and safe to leave our rental car in the ferry parking lot in Fajardo?

Comment by Holly Sigler on 03 Oct 2016

To those asking, We just got back from Culebra on 09-05-16. The website indeed works. You will receive a confirmation# within a few days via email provided thru Paypal. 1) Print out the confirmation number you received via email. 2) Tell the security guard near the ticket lines in Fajardo you purchased tickets in advance via reservation and show the printed confirmation#. 3) You will be re-directed to the appropriate & shorter reserved line. Present confirmation# to window booth worker and viola! Tickets obtained. Plan to arrive an hour early to reduce stress with finding the appropriate lines, etc. I suggest aiming to visit Culebra during the week if possible to avoid longer lines/stress. You can easily purchase return tickets when you are in Culebra/Vieques the day before you head back to Fajardo.

Comment by Amadeau on 13 Sep 2016

Well, I hope they can help you get tickets.... Labor Day weekend is going to be busy....everyone has the long weekend off.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Jul 2016

no email that I know of....they are just a website. You can try asking about tickets on

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Jul 2016

Does anyone have an email address for:, plus are they a real business or just a web site. We are looking for round trip tickets 6 months in advance, plus cannot afford the plane. We have waited in line before and do not wait with an infant this time. Jorge

Comment by salto Jorge on 21 Jun 2016

This is a response to Ben Wang's comment. As a Puerto Rican who has lived here all her life, I can say that it is just as difficult for us mainlanders to get to Culebra. The system is not rigged; the people who work there have just put those guidelines for the benefit of the residents of Culebra who sometimes can't even enjoy their own island (in part because Culebra is hyped up to tourists and has been gentrified; even Puerto Ricans can’t buy houses there because the prices are absurd and the lands have been sold and bought by foreigners). Puerto Ricans have to make the same long lines, wake up early, and sometimes people can't get to Culebra because tickets get sold out. Plus, it's also very expensive for Puerto Ricans to make that trip just as much as tourists. However, I do agree that it is unfortunate that this is happening because it does affect the ability of lower-income travelers (both Puerto Rican and foreigners) to visit those wonders. Since the government doesn't do enough to improve the ferry system (but then again, they don't do enough for many other important things too), there's very little we can do as individual citizens. My point is that instead of acting like an entitled, disgruntled tourist, try to be a traveler or an explorer. Learn why things are the way they are and try to understand the history and situation of the place you are visiting. You just go on the internet and bitch and moan about why things didn’t work out for your trip, but you are absolutely ignorant of the realities of the place you are visiting. The thing is that the ferry situation is just a reflection of the hard times we are facing in Puerto Rico. They give priorities to the residents of Culebra because they LIVE there (and the elderly too because, you know, they’re old). And if they give priority to residents of Puerto Rico too, so freaking what!? It’s our island. The fact is we really can’t enjoy our own home because the economy is really are terrible here; salaries are stagnant, jobs are scarce, cost of life is through the roof and keeps rising, the population of PR has lowered and people continue leaving the island in droves because the economic crisis is so bad (Puerto Ricans don't really make that much money off of tourism anyway). I know the crisis is not your fault, but if you had taken the time to understand the situation instead of being a run-of-the-mill tourist, I think your experience might’ve been more pleasant and your comment on here wouldn’t have been so caustic. My advice is take advantage of other beautiful beaches around the island. Yes, Culebra is beautiful and amazing but so are many other beaches around Puerto Rico. However, if you do want to go to Culebra, arrive early and be patient. If the trip to Culebra is full, visit Vieques that is just as wonderful and has wonderful beaches (look up Red Beach or Playa Caracas; its waters are just as beautiful and crystalline as Flamenco’s). Open your mind to new experiences and try to leave touristy expectations at home. Enjoy the island!

Comment by Wildaly Meyers on 11 Jun 2016

Hi Gwenn! Thanks for the helpful comments and webpage! Do you think we have a good shot at getting tickets for these two ferries during the Labor Day Weekend? I know it's not peak tourist season, but it is Labor Day weekend so I'm not sure where we stand in terms of our chances. 1. Friday Sept 2, 2016, 8:15pm Fajardo ferry to Vieques, 2 passengers 2. Sunday Sept 4, 2016, 11am Vieques ferry to Fajardo, 2 passengers Also, I followed your advice, and contacted the ATM directly and PR vacation helpers, and am waiting for their response. Thanks for your opinion!

Comment by Sibtain on 11 Jun 2016

It is always a gamble, but I don't think you will have a problem getting on the ferry at those times. But try contacting them and if you can reserve tickets, do it.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 May 2016

My family and I (three people total) are planning to spend the night in Vieques on Saturday, June 4th. We'd like to catch the 1PM ferry from Fajardo to Vieques that day and then return on the 11AM ferry to Fajardo the following day. Is it too early for me to email ATS for a reservation/hold? If so, would it be reasonable to buy tickets in person on the 2nd or 3rd? Thanks!

Comment by Ian on 15 May 2016

TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE. THE FERRY SYSTEM IS LITERALLY RIGGED, CORRUPT, AND NOT WORTH IT. First off... If you are a tourist to Puerto Rico and want to travel to Calebra, PLEASE consider the flight. Yes, it may be significantly more expensive, but buying time is well worth it and your mental being will remain sane. The security are obviously bias (Locals go first, then 65+, then more locals/Spanish speaking people, and then tourists) and will disregard anyone that's a tourist. If you want to go to Calebra TAKE THE FRIGGIN PLANE AND NOT THIS FERRY. My experience.... My family and I woke up at 5:30 AM, left the hotel at 5:45 and arrived at Fajardo piers at 6 AM. The line was NOT long at all; only 40-45 people were in front of us. Things seemed completely fine, as from research, I found out that about 230 people could sit in the ferry. After 1.5 hours, the workers started to sell the tickets BUT ONLY TO THE PUERTO RICAN citizens first. The woman security juanita allowed legit anyone who could speak Spanish or were Puerto Rican and RUDELY ignored anybody else. Elders/65+ were allowed in too. And then came the annoying part: there were people who just walked into the ticket buyin area and bought 20 TICKETS AT ONCE, of course by either charming the heart of the woman security guard or by being a citizen. All of us waiting, basking under the sun, just stand there watching all of this happen.... This is actually not acceptable and the system is completely RIGGED. PLEASE CONSIDER ANOTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION TO GET TO CULEBRA, such as a plane or anything else (swim there!). And don't bother going to Vieques, as it's apparently annoying to get around there too and the beaches ARENT AS NICEas Calebra. Please, please, please don't waste your time here; there are other things to do in Puerto Rico and nicer people too. MY opinion.... Since there's such a HIGH DEMAND to the island, the Puerto Rican government should really regulate and control this system better. Add more state-regulated ferries, even increase the price (I am pretty sure tourists are willing to pay more than 2$ for a ticket). Both parties would benefit: more jobs, increase profit, DECREASE CORRUPTION, happy reviews/testimonials/tourists, increased popularity, etc.! I don't see anything bad about ameliorating the system, since Puerto Rico relies very much on tourists. Anyways, this was just my opinion, and I just wanted to get it out there. What you should do... If you are planning to go, as I said before, DONT TAKE THE FERRY. If you are planning to go and MUST take the ferry for whatever reason, sleep early the night before and get there at 3-4 AM in the morning. Weekdays are just AS BAD as weekends, so keep that in mind. Some tourists do enter and are able to purchase tickets, but only the first probably 5 groups. Prepare to wake up early. Extremely early.

Comment by Ben Wang on 25 Apr 2016

I was one of the idiots that lined up at 3:30 am Saturday morning I was about the 50th person in line. I thought yeah I am getting on. Well to my surprise, by the time I got through the gate around thirty minutes later I was told there were no more tickets. I was upset. They need a better system the people in the front were buying tickets for their friends and about 50 or more reserved their tickets in advance. They really need to set a limit on how many you can buy and give out tickets as you line up so that people don't wait in line in vain. I stayed in line for 6 hours. RIDICULOUS

Comment by Marjorie on 23 Apr 2016

Reliability comes and goes.... but the big issue is usually too many people want the 9am ferry. Since you will be trying for a later ferry, you should be ok, as long as the ferry is running (right now I only see 3 small ferries servicing the 2 islands). You can watch the ferries and get an idea at Our ferries are navy blue.

Comment by Gwenn on 12 Apr 2016

My 3 kids and I have rented a house on Culebra from April 20th to 24th (the last of my kids arrives at the airport in SJ at 1:38 on the 20th. We want to take the ferry that same day but are hearing that it is not reliable. Do you have any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks, Lib

Comment by Libby on 11 Apr 2016

I did a search and found a couple sites- or They both charge a hefty fee. If you want to try to go to the dock early to get online, I would get there before 7am. If you will be in PR at least a week earlier than your trip, you can call 311 and leave contact info and they will call you back. This is the ferry number to get tickets ahead of time, but it takes about a week for the return call.

Comment by Gwenn on 11 Apr 2016

Hello, my fiancé and I have plans to go mid July I know its that busy time of the year so I wanted to know how much time in advanced should we arrive to be one of the first in line ? Or are their any legit websites where I can buy ahead of time ? Thanks in advanced !

Comment by Alejandra Salinas on 10 Apr 2016

It is so hard to know....the ferry situation changes often. At least mid September, mid week will be low season, so if there is a ferry, I don't think you will have trouble getting on. But it is not usually a super pleasant experience...waiting on lines, waiting for the ferry, the one hr trip that can be very rough at times. But for the price, it may be worth it to you. Flying is easier and quick, but it is costly for a family. I think at that time of year, it may be worth trying for the ferry.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Apr 2016

We are planning on heading to PR the second week of September, I would love to check out Flamenco while there, but from this website, it seems that its kind of a hit or miss with the question is, is it worth the trouble with the ferry and the waiting times?? I have been to PR before but I am taking my mom and step dad for the first time and want them to have an enjoyable time so knowing this info will help me gauge if I mention it to them or not lol. Thanks!

Comment by Amy HIckman on 08 Apr 2016

oh great! I misunderstood.

Comment by Jennifer Gutierrez on 06 Apr 2016

I believe everyone is allowed on the ferry. Kids under 3 yo are free.

Comment by Gwenn on 05 Apr 2016

Hi, just spoke to a coworker who said she took the ferry with her two kids and one was UNDER 3. I thought they weren't allowed? she said that is not true, she did not have a problem.

Comment by Jennifer Gutierrez on 05 Apr 2016

That is an interesting question! It is a cargo ferry, so many people make reservations ahead of time. As long as you don't want to bring a car, I think you will be able to get on no problem. Try the real ticket window (maybe someone opens it just for this ferry), but I assume you would go to the cargo ferry building (around the corner from the real ticket window). There will be people around directing the cars onto the ferry, you can ask them. But get there about 5am, as sometimes if all the reserved cars are on , they leave a little early.

Comment by Gwenn on 05 Apr 2016

Love your website with all the helpful info and reviews. I haven't seen anyone mention the 4am ferry which appears on the schedule. I'm trying to go to Vieques on May 9th which is a Monday. How do you get tickets to that ferry if the office is not open till later that morning? What are the chances of me getting the tickets? Thanks in advance

Comment by Rafal Ignatowicz on 05 Apr 2016

Well, I can only guess, assuming the big ferry is working August 30th, that if you get there 2 hrs early you will be ok.

Comment by Gwenn on 08 Mar 2016

Hi Gwenn, great resource on this website! We are planning to travel August 27th- Sept. 5th to PR. If we attempt to catch a ferry on a Tuesday (the 30th of August) to Culebra at 9 AM, can we expect long lines? We are not opposed to getting in line a few hours early if need be. I guess I am just trying to gauge how early one must be in line for the 9am ferry (1 hour? 2 hours? 3 hours to ensure we get our tickets?). Thanks in advance. Jarrod

Comment by Jarrod H. on 08 Mar 2016

The ferries after the 9am, one are usually not an issue with lines. Get there 1 hr before and you should be fine.

Comment by Gwenn on 04 Mar 2016

We're planing a 4-day trip to Culebra from March 10th-14th. As we're there for a few days we don't necessarily have to be on the early ferry but can take the second one too. Would you expect it to be just as busy during the day too with long lines?

Comment by Carl on 03 Mar 2016

Nope- you just have to get to the ferry dock early and wait on line. You can try to call and make a reservation to the ATM, or try going a day or two early and try to buy tickets early in person. But getting on line early may be the best bet.

Comment by Gwenn on 26 Feb 2016

I am planning to a day trip to Culebra ( mainly for Flamenco beach) for my trip 2/29- 3/4. Unfortunately, it looks like I needed to book my tickets 10 days in advance from Is there another economical/cheaper option besides flying there? perhaps a cheaper tour guide, that just does the transportation?

Comment by Jon N on 26 Feb 2016

Yes, that site is legit and it works. From the article " For info (and for hardy souls that want to try to pre-purchase of tickets) you can try: 787-494-0934 extensions 2736, 2728, 2729, or 2727 (only Mon- Fri from about 7:20-9am, and 10am -3pm) or email them : and provide your contact info and they will call or email you back. If you are In PR, I hear you can call 311 at least 5 days beforehand. You can leave a message, but you need to make sure you talk to someone to take your information. They will call you back with confirmation and to get payment. ". Try that.

Comment by Gwenn on 24 Feb 2016

Does anyone know if the website works for sure and is a legit site? Also what is the number for the ticket office? I have emailed them but no one was answered me back. Thank you!!

Comment by KP on 23 Feb 2016

March 1st is not a holiday. But it is high season. Can I honestly tell you what to expect for next week...not really. Right now there is a passenger ferry going to Vieques and a separate cargo ferry...not sure why or if it will continue. If it does, you shouldn't have a big problem getting on. If it doesn't, who knows. But usually fewer people plan on going to Vieques for day trips than to Culebra, so your line should be shorter.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Feb 2016

Tues March 1, 2016 is our planned trip to Vieques. Any idea what to expect as for ferries. Is it tourist season yet and or are the locals having any holidays this day. We will be staying in Fajardo. Just trying to square up last minute details

Comment by BILL MONTES on 22 Feb 2016

As of today, the large ship is working. However, in the last 2 weeks, I know people who wanted to go to Culebra couldn't due to sold out tickets. Yes it is high tourist season. You can try contacting the ferry office and buying tickets that way, but it is not easy. In the comments, someone mentioned a web site where they sell tickets for a pricey fee. But it probably beats standing on line! Otherwise- I suggest you get to the ferry at 6am at the lastest to try for tickets. And if they sell out, try to get on Vieques ferry and check out SunBay or Caracas beaches.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Feb 2016

Hello if I am planning to visit PR March 16th-20th. And plan to go to flamenco beach march 17th or 18th, what time should i get to the ferry terminal for 9am and is it high season? Also, is the large ferry still not working? And is there anyway to buy tickets ahead of time? Thank you.

Comment by KP on 20 Feb 2016

Hi, I just want to clarify, is NOT selling tickets. is advertising on our site!!

Comment by Michael Fischer on 27 Jan 2016

You need to contact the ferry people directly. We at Day Trips can't help with tickets.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Jan 2016

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Comment by Nofar shushan on 06 Jan 2016

The car rental on the ferry is not a good idea for many reasons. But here is the info on the cargo ferry: It is always easier to get on the afternoon ferry. Yes, it is high tourist season, so the ferries sell out very quickly.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Jan 2016

Hola! Gracias por la información! My friend and I are going to PR at the end of Jan. and we are planning to go to Culebra on the 1st of Feb., is it high season over that time and how are the chances for tickets on 9 am and 3 pm? We will stay on the island that night and return the next day anyway, we would like to spend as much time as possible on the island... Another thing is that, according to your information we shouldn't count on going to Culebra with our rental car by cargo ferry right? If we want to try on what website should we make the reservation for cargo ferry? And the price? Thank you very much! Un abrazo, Mariana

Comment by Mariana on 01 Jan 2016

I have heard that yes, it is legit. They give you instructions on where to go to get the ticket. It is just pricey.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Dec 2015

Can I buy the tickets here? Is it Reliable???

Comment by Sulay Gonzalez on 29 Dec 2015

I think you should be ok just going 1 hr before departure on the 5pm ferry.

Comment by Gwenn on 25 Dec 2015

We are planning to fly to Culebra early on saturday and want to return by ferry on the same day. How are the chances of getting on the 1pm or 5pm return ferries? When can i buy the return tickets in Culebra? Upon artival or only 60 minutes before departure of the ferry? Thank you for your answer in advance!!!

Comment by Ulrich Quay on 24 Dec 2015

I think you should be ok getting the 4:45pm ferry on a Sunday....I don't think too many people will be headed over that time/day. I hear you can try getting advanced tickets via email you might want to try that as an option.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Dec 2015

Thank you so much for all the helpful information!! This website has been my guidebook for planning my upcoming trip! I have a question regarding the ferry from Fajardo to Vieques. We have a house reservation in Vieques beginning Saturday, December 27, so don't have any flexibility to arrive the following day if need be, as we wouldn't have a place to stay in San Juan if we were to miss the ferry. I am a bit concerned about being able to get tickets for the ferry that day, as it sounds like it could be busy as it is during the holidays. We plan to take the 4:45 ferry over to Vieques. Would you recommend making the drive to Fajardo the day before to buy tickets, and is that possible? I tried to get through to someone at the ticket office on the phone but was not able to. If need be we can make the drive the day before to purchase tickets but it would really cut into our already short time on the mainland. If we arrived at the ticket office by 8:00am that day, would we have a good chance of getting tickets to the 4:45 ferry?

Comment by Brittany N on 21 Dec 2015

I think you will probably be ok. The holiday is a big "be with family" day, so I don't think too many people will be day tripping to Vieques. And Vieques ferry is usually less busy than the 9am Cuelbra ferry. Good luck!

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Dec 2015

I can't say for sure, but I don't think you will have a problem getting tickets for the 3pm ferry.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Dec 2015

I think no problem- the usual time the ferries are crazy busy is the 9am trip, for day trippers.

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Dec 2015

Ferries run on holidays, same schedule as usual. I am guessing here, but I would think fewer people will be up early on the 1st....

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Dec 2015

My family (husband, myself, 5 and 7 yr old daughters) have a biobay tour and hotel package booked for Jan 6. I am aware this is a big holiday. I was wondering if that'd make the ferry from Fajardo more difficult to get on or if people are more likely to travel the day before and day after? We'd like to leave from Fajardo on the first ferry and then return on the 7th on the 1st or 2nd ferry. I am petrified we are going to wait for hours and then not make it. The hotel we are staying at made it sound like we should be fine, but comments on here are making me a little nervous. If we did miss the ferry would it be practical (although pricey) to head to Ceiba hop a plane and then hope we can get the return ferry the next day? Your website is fantastic btw!!!!!!

Comment by Jeni Henz on 16 Dec 2015

We plan to arrive San Juan airport at 1pm on 12/23 and take a taxi to Fajardo, then buy ferry tickets for 3pm to Culabra for 5 people since I have a hotel booked in Culabra that night. Is there a big risk I can't get ticket that day?

Comment by Celine on 14 Dec 2015

Hi, we are planning to to take the Ferry to Vieques on January 31, which is a Sunday. Since our flight arrives at San Juan at 3pm, we will try to catch the 4:45pm ferry and take the 8:15pm ferry as a backup. Will the ferry be super busy on a Sunday afternoon/night? Is there a big chance that we can not even get tickets for the 8:15pm ferry? Thanks so much!

Comment by Cindy on 10 Dec 2015

My family of 6 are planning a day trip to Culebra or Vieques as second choice if we are unable to get ferry tickets. We have Dec 31 or Jan 1 open. Since these days are both a holiday or a "holiday like" day, do you recommend one or the other? Do the ferries run on New Years Day?

Comment by Elizabeth Erickson on 08 Dec 2015

Sorry- Not too much help. You will probably have to just go to the ferry ticket window and wait on line and hope. It is not a good system.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Dec 2015

We are planning to go Culebra this Saturday Dec5 or Dec6 Sunday, based on when we get the tickets.. I am not able to get the tickets online and calling is not working either. Any suggestions if it will be too busy or where we can get the tickets ? Thanks Vivek

Comment by Vivek on 01 Dec 2015

Barring any weather issues, the ferry will run. Getting to Culebra is a bit tougher, as more people do day trips there, so try for Vieques as a backup is a good option. You can do Sun Bay or Caracas beaches there. In order to see Mosquito bay on vieques, you need to stay overnight on that island.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Dec 2015

We are planning to travel to PR on December 12 to December 17. We intend to do a day trip to Culebra for the beaches. Any clues if Sunday, December 13 the ferries will run or not? We wanted to do the mosquito bay if the Culebra boat is not running so if anyone knows about that ferry please let us know. Thanks in advance. Mayur

Comment by Mayur on 28 Nov 2015

It will be busy, but not crazy I don't think. Good luck!

Comment by Gwenn on 20 Nov 2015

The first week of January is a holiday here- the 6th is a BIG holiday. I assume the ferry will be busy. Getting that many tickets will be a BIG problem. I have no real advise on how to make is easier- go very early in the morning and stand on line. Buy a round trip ticket. Culebra is probably the better island for a day trip- Flamenco beach has the facilities and food you would want. There are loads of taxi buses available at the dock to take you to the beach. No, you need a car or taxi to get around the islands- but the ferry docks "in town", so you can find a bar/restaurant and some shops within walking distance. But not much. Fishing- that I don't know about that. You might want to research each island and decide which you would prefer.

Comment by Gwenn on 20 Nov 2015

Yes, that site is legit. They will tell you whee to pick up your tickets. But, they require a 2 week advance purchase. I think the kayak/snorkel trips include the ferry ticket...if the company you are using doesn't, consider changing to a company that does. But, I think going on the 30th won;t be too difficult to get tickets. I haven't heard of many issues lately for Culebra.

Comment by Gwenn on 20 Nov 2015

Hi, We are planning to go to Culebra on Monday, Nov 30th 2015. Is the site - a legitimate one? If I book my tickets thru this site, how and where do I collect the tickets? We are planning to stay near Farjardo. So can we go and book tickets a day before at the ferry terminal? We have Snorkeling and Kayaking trip at Culebra on the 30th and we are leaving back to US Mainland the very next day. So this would be the only chance for us to make it to Culebra (on the 30th). Please advise. Thanks !!

Comment by Sneha on 19 Nov 2015

Hello, Thank you for this wealth of information. My siblings, our spouses and children would like to take the ferry to either Culebra or Vieques. We will be in Puerto Rico the first week of January and are trying to decide the best day/time to take a day trip to one of the islands. There would be a total of 9 adults, 8 children and 2 babies. The stories have me concerned that with a party so large; we might not be able to make it. What can we do to ensure a positive experience? Which day would be our best option? Which time should we try for? Which island would be ideal for our group? We will have rental cars that we would park in Fajardo but we are concerned about what to do once we get across to the island. Can we walk everywhere once we get there? Our husbands wanted to take the boys fishing once over there. Is there a place/pier that they can rent fishing gear and fish? Are there just as many difficulties getting back to Fajardo from the islands? How early before departure should we be at the ferry on our return to Fajardo? I'm so sorry to bombard you with question. Thank you for any help/direction you can give us!

Comment by Sylvie on 18 Nov 2015

I will be attempting to go to Culebra on November 24th. Do you think it will be very busy?

Comment by Nestor on 17 Nov 2015

You can buy them for each way on their website. But of course, you have to pay their fee each way! I checked- hit the MORE button in the upper right corner.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 Nov 2015

Hi, We are looking for round trip tickets from Farjardo to Culebra and back to Farjardo. The website which you mentioned - doesn't provide round trip tickets. Is there any way we can book round trip tickets? We are planning to travel on Monday, Nov 30th.

Comment by Kiran on 16 Nov 2015

Yes, I would be there 90 minutes before (if not earlier). For the trip home, assuming you bought a round trip ticket in the morning, you can get there just 30 mins early though most people start lining up at about 4pm.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Oct 2015

We're going from Fajaedo to Culebra the first Thursday in November. Since it's low season, do we still need to get to the ferry 90min in advance for the 9am ferry? How soon to departure do we need to be at the 5pm ferry to return? Thanks!

Comment by Jon on 29 Oct 2015

Yes- ask for a round trip ticket when buying it. They usually sell round trip and will put what ever your return date is. However.....there are times when they will only sell one way tickets (usually during bad weather or ferry problems etc).

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Oct 2015

Hello. I have a quick question. When i buy my ticket at Fajardo to Culebra, can i at the same time buy a return ticket FOR THE NEXT DAY from Culebra back to Fajardo? or do i have to stand in like again at Culebra to buy a reutrn ticket after i stayed the night?

Comment by daniel on 13 Oct 2015

The ferry system is a mess. It is almost impossible to get tickets ahead of time. And calling is REALLY a crap shoot....I have found if they answer, they will tell any English speaking person they are sold out. You can try over at but there is a hefty surcharge for this service. Personally, I think you will be fine just going that morning and trying to get tickets in person. That is low season and I am guessing not too many people will be trying to go.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Sep 2015

I have tried calling 787-494-0934 and tried emailing I haven't gotten a response nor have I been able to successfully reach anyone at the number. I'm looking for 4 adult tickets, 3 children tickets and an infant ticket for November 23,2015 from Fajardo to Culebra and return for that same day. Can someone help me with this reservation? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Comment by Gen Brizuela on 17 Sep 2015

It is a legitimate site and I think they still do it. You can try to call the ticket office to try to get tickets ahead of time, but honestly, at this time of year, I don't think there is too much of a demand. I have not heard about long lines and sold out times. I think I would just try going. If you don't have to go on the 9am ferry, you will have no problem at all.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 Sep 2015

I am trying to go to Culebra at the end of September on a Sunday and am considering attempting to buy the tickets in advance online (through this website: Do you know if this is a legitimate site, or if there are any other ways to buy tickets in advance?

Comment by Ana on 16 Sep 2015

The ferries are "working", but it I think the larger ferries are not. So smaller ferries are running as usual (don't take that to mean well). It is slower season right now, so fewer people are trying to go over, but I can't say you will have no trouble using the ferry as a means of transport. But if you can't/don't want to fly, give the ferry a try. You may be lucky and it might work well the day you go.

Comment by Gwenn on 05 Sep 2015

Hello - all of the tips on this site are very helpful. I wanted to find out what the latest update is on the Ferries traveling to Culebra and Vieques. Are the ferries working again?

Comment by Tanekia on 05 Sep 2015

I think that ferry should be ok. Not too crowded. Yes, there is World Car rental at the dock, and Avis is not far in Ceiba. I am not sure if they pick you up or you need to get a taxi to there. El Yunque is open until 6pm. You can drive in and do it on your own. Your luggage should be fine in the trunk as long as your are parked in the usual El Yunque spots. I would avoid the Angelito trail.

Comment by Gwenn on 31 Jul 2015

Hi Gwenn - thanks again for ALL this information! I have a tentative plan to take the 11 am ferry from Vieques to Fajardo, rent a car, then drive down to Old San Juan, stopping at El Yunque on the way. A few questions: Is that ferry a popular one/usually delayed/sold out? Is it possible to rent a car in the Fajardo port area, or have a company pick us up? I imagine we won't get to El Yunque until late afternoon. Is this fine, or would you recommend taking the 6:30am ferry from Vieques to Fajardo? Is it possible to drive to El Yunque at any time, or do we need to schedule an organized tour/hike? And we'll have our luggage with us! Ideally locked in the trunk of our rental car in El Yunque - but any thoughts you have on this itinerary would be much appreciated. Trying to make the most of our short week there :) Thank you again..!

Comment by Normon on 30 Jul 2015

That would be an unusual trip, so it would have to be a private charter. Perhaps you can post the idea on TripAdvisor on the Puerto Rico forum, asking for any people interested to contact you. But contact the boat people first to see if they can do it- it is further than it looks- uses a lot of gas! The only other choice would be to fly and provide your own snorkel gear. Contact one of the airlines (Air Flamenco or Vieques Air Link) if they can do something like that. If they can, book one way flights from each island.. but that may end up costing too much. Best choice would be to make 2 days of it- visit each island separately to get the most out of each. Or just pick one (a few of the boats go to Culebra) for the day.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Jul 2015

Thank you so much for your reply and comments. This page is extremely helpful! May I ask you if you might know where (or if) the following full day boat trip is available? (And affordable): - Full day boat excursion with snorkeling and lunch/drinks. Boat departing from Fajardo, stopping to visit both Culebra (Flamenco Beach) & Vieques (black sand beach). We are a family of three, and so far all I can find are private boat charters that cost $1,000+ for the day. Unfortunately, we are not traveling with others, which if we were, would make the daily charter price more affordable, split a couple ways. Splitting the cost would be ideal and we are completely willing to do this with another small family or couple or other travelers who are also interested in the same multiple island snorkeling beach excursion. Most of the boat charters seat a maximum of six people, which is a perfect small group size. Do you have any advice, recommendations or comments? Any guidance you can offer would be greatly appreciated as I have noticed in other comments you've offered some fantastic and very helpful advice, especially for first time visitors to Puerto Rico :-) Thanks!

Comment by Jennifer A. on 27 Jul 2015

Well, currently the big ferry is broken, so they are really messed up. But if they are selling them in advance, anyone technically can get them. But of course, locals have a better chance just because they can work it better and know some more of the in/outs. Ask him if he will do it for you....worth a shot! Best to go to the reservation office and not the ticket window.

Comment by Gwenn on 26 Jul 2015

Hi. My husband and son are all planning to go to Flamenco Beach for a couple of days while vacationing in PR. I was hoping to go Aug 21-22. We are staying in Fajardo earlier that week and renting a condo from a local. Should we ask the landlord who is a local from PR to get us round trip tickets in advance? I heard locals can buy round trip tickets 24 hrs in advance. Is that true? Thanks!

Comment by Jennifer A on 25 Jul 2015

I really, really advise not to bother. The big ferry is broken, so there are few tickets and they sell out fast. It is too stressful even without kids. Culebra has Publicos, which are shared taxis... Usually $3-5 per person to go different places around the island.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Jul 2015

Bad news- It was fixed, but currently it is broken again. Lines are long, selling out fast, stranding people. We have 2 local holidays the last week in July....I will bet you will not get the ferry any day. Fly or book a tour that goes there.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Jul 2015

Is the big ferry still broken ? I'm going to PR for vacation and I would like to go to Culebra...How long are the lines and which day is the best during the last week of July?

Comment by Soly on 20 Jul 2015

I'm planning to visit Culebra next week. Is the large ferry still broken? I also wanted to know how does public transportation work in Culebra, since we don't want to use a taxi. Please consider in your response that I'm traveling with children and also that I need to bring coolers. Thanks!

Comment by Valerie on 19 Jul 2015

I would say Monday or Tuesday would be best. But have a plan B... we are down the big ferry to Culebra, so many people aren't getting seats.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Jun 2015

I know weekdays are best, but are there certain weekdays that are better than others? I am planning on being there the week of the 29th. I'm thinking Monday or Tuesday would be better than Thursday or Friday. Am I wrong in thinking that?

Comment by Leroy on 22 Jun 2015

Unfortunately, the large ferry has broken, so the smaller ferry replacement does fill up quickly. Many people who miss the 9am and have to get there will take the 3pm. I don't think they are selling tickets ahead of time, but you can try. If they won't sell them ahead of time at the ticket window, try going around the corner to the office.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Jun 2015

The large passenger ferry that usually sells out quickly is broken. Now they are using a smaller ferry. I hear people getting there at 2am and still not getting tickets. I really don't think it is a possibility at this time. If you have reservations at a hotel there, ask the owner to get you the tickets. Or do a snorkel tour where they buy the tickets for the group.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Jun 2015

My family and I (4 of us) are planning to take the ferry from Fajardo to Culebra on Tuesday, June 30th. How early should we arrive in order to get tickets during this time of year? I know local schools will be out for the summer by this time. Thanks for all the great information!

Comment by Mari on 20 Jun 2015

We are going to be taking the 3pm ferry from Fajardo to Culebra next Wednesday. Do you know if we can buy our tickets the day before? Do you think it will be hard to get on a 3pm ferry? Thanks!

Comment by Stacey on 19 Jun 2015

Weekends are worst. Get to the terminal as early as possible. The ferry leaves from the "ferry terminal" (not a "marina" per se) in Fajardo ... map and driving directions are in this very article.

Comment by Ray on 14 Jun 2015

I am in PR from 6/15-6/18. Any better day to attempt to head over to Culebra on the 9:00 a.m. ferry? Do I actually need to be at ferry terminal 1 1/2 hrs before the ferry and what is the name of the marina where the ferry leaves from? Lastly, are there any current issues that I need to be aware of? Thank you and your site is incredibly informative.

Comment by Steven Rodriguez on 14 Jun 2015

I don't know, but I wouldn't chance any problem just to save $5.35 to parking in the paring lot.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Jun 2015

We got here super early & there is a lot of parking on the street, is it okay to park in the street? I'm taking the ferry to Calebra & will be there staying one night?

Comment by Jacque Fiordalisi on 01 Jun 2015

There should be no problem with crowds at 4am.

Comment by Gwenn on 24 May 2015

Do you know how crowded the 4am cargo ferry is from Fajardo to Culebra. I am not taking my car - just trying to avoid later crowds.

Comment by Manuel on 24 May 2015

Yes, there is a parking lot right by the ferry and it seems to be safe (I haven't heard of any problems). The ferries have been very crowded lately, 9am ferry leaves lots of people behind. Try for the afternoon ferry and you will probably have better luck getting on.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 May 2015

Hello, thanks for all the great information. Two quick questions, we are looking to be in PR the first week of June and renting a car. Is there reliable car parking by the ferry to Veiques for a night or two? Also, how are the ferries running these days? Thank You!

Comment by Dmitriy on 16 May 2015

We decided to go on a Wed and it was a pleasant experience. Reached the parking lot at 8, wife ran to the ticket counter while I parked. She was in line for about 40-45 mins, looked too close to call for the 9am ferry. She got the tickets with 10mins to spare! The line to board the ferry (which I was standing in) had vanished by 8:50am and we strolled on board. Plus, my 3 year old got in free ! (not sure what there 'infant' limit is - not 3 but 5 maybe). Lots of parking, so I took my time with unloading the backpacks and carrying my kid across the street. Start with the sun-screen while waiting for the tix/ferry. On the way there, quiet a lot of ppl needed vomit bags. On the way back (5pm), it was smooth sailing - no throw ups. In the line, a lot of people were debating Culebra vs Via Ques and VQ was our backup option if Culebra was sold out. Never came to it. In the morning I considered going for the tickets early - around 6 am and then come back to pick up the family. Glad I didn't do it. We ran into traffic at 7:45am, rush hour traffic I think ! (about 5 mins away from the dock). So don't bother going back to the hotel/vacation rental. Just pack up everthing and get there as early as you can (7:30 am should be ok for a weekday - not a holiday). I'm sure weekends and holidays are super busy, so 6:30 am recommended. I lost my parking lot ticket, the guy helping people at the ticket paying machine just directed me to the window - they took my DL info, rental car info and I just paid the $5.35 in cash - no issues.

Comment by Desi Americano on 09 Apr 2015

The ferry still is questionable at times, but for the most part, you should be able to get tickets to come back on a Thursday. School is out for summer by then, but it is not yet high season, especially not mid-week.

Comment by Gwenn on 29 Mar 2015

I'm planning to go to Vieques on May 26/15 to May 28/15. I'll flight to get to Vieques but would like to take the ferry from Vieques to Fajardo. Has the ferry improved its service? Coming back on Thu. How are the possibilities of getting tickets for the ferry. Is this high season?

Comment by Aida on 29 Mar 2015

Assuming mid week, non holiday and no mechanical issues etc, Vieques ferry is usually not too crowded. I would still try to get to the ferry dock by about 7am.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Mar 2015

Most people having issues seem to be the ones headed for Culebra first thing on weekends/holidays. That being the case, should my girlfriend and I have any trouble catching the 9 am ferry midweek for Vieques? (Wednesday in late April). How early should we plan on getting there? We'll be driving from San Juan that morning and staying one night on the island. Thanks in advance for your help Gwenn.

Comment by Hugh on 24 Mar 2015

The last I heard, people are still getting left without tickets to Culebra. I expect it to be very busy. I would get there about 6:30am and wait and hope. I think all tours work on Sundays.....double check that because week days are less busy on the ferry than weekends (though still busy).

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Mar 2015

Hi Gwenn. Love the information it's been very helpful. What is the current status of the ferries? Do most people in line now get on the ferry? I am planning to go from fajardo to culebra on Sunday march 22nd (picked sunday because most of the other PR tours don't operate sunday)... How busy would you expect it to be? Thanks, joe

Comment by Joe on 08 Mar 2015

All that info is in the article :-/ It is either $2 or $2.25 depending on which island you want to go to. You really can't make just get there early and wait on line. There are a few places that for a steep service charge (like $15 pp) will get you tickets ahead of time. Or you can try calling or going there in person ahead of your trip.

Comment by Gwenn on 24 Feb 2015

how much does it cost to ride the ferry per person also need a contact information to make reservations

Comment by mike on 24 Feb 2015

Yes, it is possible to do in person. The ticket office is around the corner from the ferry dock/ticket window.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Feb 2015

I am staying in fajardo for awhile and my landlords bought me and my bike a ticket for culebra 1 week in advance. They said they went to the ticket office and purchased them.

Comment by jody on 21 Feb 2015

Yes, you should be able to get on the 3pm ferry to Culebra that day without much issue. Line won't be a problem. Barring any really bad ocean weather or mechanical issues, using the ferry should work out. Arriving 1-1.5 hr ahead of time is fine I would think.

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Feb 2015

Gracias! Eres lo Máximo! Very Helpfull

Comment by Alejandra on 13 Feb 2015

Hi Gwenn, I am traveling to PR for one week and have a two day stay in Culebra from Sunday March 1st to Tuesday 3/3. I was wondering about the Ferry to Culebra from Fajardo? We have to check into our room by 6pm. We will probably have a rental car and leave it in the parking lot and rent a Jeep on the island. Will the 3pm Ferry work for us and any other information that we need to know other than the long wait in line? Thanks

Comment by Casey on 13 Feb 2015

Thank you!

Comment by Scott on 03 Feb 2015

I believe you can buy them online (for a steep fee) at isla Culebra .com Or you can take you chances and go to the terminal the day before and ask to buy tickets for the next day. You can try at the ticket window and/or the building around the corner (ask for the reservations building-usually for the cargo ferry). Or you can just get there early am the day you want and try your luck. I haven't heard too many horror stories lately.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Feb 2015

Hi, I'm planing a trip to PR for my honeymoon, and I wanted to stay in Fajardo the first day, Sunday February 15th, so I could go to Flamenco Beach in Culebra. From the information I've gathered it can be very difficult to get Ferry tickets, and I was wondering if there was a way to buy the tickets ahead of time? Thank you for your time, Scott

Comment by Scott on 03 Feb 2015

I don't think there is a cargo ferry on Sunday and I am sure it would not be at 9am! . You need to call the the Cargo ferry. Rental car reservations on the ferry (if you can get them) are easily bumped if a local needs the spot. And the ferry is really pretty unreliable due to maintenance and weather. So if you "need" to be somewhere at a specific time, the ferry is not the way to go. We have never bothered bringing our car to Culebra, so I really don't know. We always just park at the dock and rent something on Culebra.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Jan 2015

Gwenn, I am planning on booking a Villa on the beach in Culebra. I have never been there and I would be traveling with three young children. I verified with my rental company and they do allow me to bring the car and will provide me with documents giving me permission. The date I would need to leave is Sunday March 29 at 9am to make it to where I need to go. I am not sure if it is high season time, if Sundays are busiest? Can you please give me a little guidance here. I would hate to loose out on the experience, but I also do not want to book something that is nonrefundable specially at the last minute by not being able to take the ferry. Thank you

Comment by Mary Jane on 06 Jan 2015

Double check the ferry schedule....boat leaves Fajardo at 9am and comes back from Culebra to Fajardo at 5pm. If you can do it, wait until after the 6th (a holiday). But even then, I don't know if it will be easy to get on the ferry as all the kids are still off from school. You really need to be at the ferry terminal at about 6am and wait on line. Flying would be easier. The planes go out of Ceiba ( Either Air Flamenco or VAL (Vieques Air Link).

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Jan 2015

What a great web site, thanks for all you do. Need to visit Culebra for one day (work related). My schedule is fairly flexible. Which would be the best day to go out at 9:30 and return 3:00 or 7:00? My time window is 1/2/15-1/9/15. If I decide to fly out, which carrier does that and where are they located? Thanks

Comment by Randy on 31 Dec 2014

I only know about the hang tag for the car, but if they have anything else from PR (not just the Dr) that says they are handicapped, that should work. Maybe you should call PR Tourism Company to check. They might know more than me.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Dec 2014

Well, he is from PR but I'm not sure about the handicap ID, do you mean the thing you hang in the window of the car? He had one but lost it! Or is there something that would say "Impedidos" on an issued ID. Might have to ask the doctor for a letter. Thanks.

Comment by Shauna on 22 Dec 2014

Well.....I am no an expert, but I don't think I gave good news. I heard they only accept PR handicapped ID's. But that may not be true. You can ask the guard that is standing by the windows. If he says you can go to the head of the line, your husband will be able to buy your whole groups tickets. Buy round trip.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Dec 2014

We have reservations in Culebra on Dec. 26-28. My husband has a serious heart condition and is considered disabled/impedido. We are also traveling with very small children so waiting in line is going to be hard. Can you please give me any information you have about the Impedidos line and how that might work for us? Thanks.

Comment by Shauna on 22 Dec 2014

Sorry for the bad news, but you are trying to go on a holiday will NOT be alone. Yes, it will be crowded and they will sell out fast once the ticket window opens. I think you should get there before 6am to get tickets.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Dec 2014

hi Gwenn, We are planning to take the ferry from Fajardo to culbera on Dec 27th 2014. For the 9 AM ferry do you recommend that we reach the ferry terminal at 7 AM in order to get the tickets for the 9 AM erry to culbera? Are the lines usually crowded and do they sell out fast? we are planning to make a day trip on either dec27 or dec28th and really want to see the flamenco beach on our vacation. Any tips to make this ferry trip successful would be of great help to us !! Thanks again :)

Comment by sam rt on 17 Dec 2014

For beach and snorkeling and for day trips, we like Culebra better. But Vieques has 2 beaches now easy to get to with the taxis, so that is becoming a good day trip too. For the bio bay, that is Vieques and the glow is only visible at night. To do the biobay, you would have to stay over the night on Vieques or take a tour from Fajardo with East Island.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Dec 2014

Sorry- just getting to answer these today...I missed your trip. But as you probably found out, there are taxi buses waiting at the dock in Culebra to take you to the beaches. As for the tickets, it is hard to say. Getting there 3 hours early would not be a bad idea. Buying them the day before is usually not an option, but if you are near Fajardo the day before and want to try it, it might work out. Hope you had a good trip.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Dec 2014

Yes, you can take dogs on the ferries as long as you pay their fare and they are in a cage.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Dec 2014

I cannot get through the phone line, I need to know if I can take my little dog with me to Culebra in the ferry? Thank you, Maria

Comment by maria on 27 Nov 2014

That is a tough one. But usually there are tickets available for the 5pm in Culebra because some people will stay over. You could try to be it on the 28th, if you are around, but I don't know if it is useless to try....might be. If you want a "secret", go earlier in the day (before 4pm) and try the ticket office around the corner from the usual ticket windows (try the regular window first, you might get lucky). Usually it is the cargo reservation office, but they can also do pre-sales of the passenger ferry.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Nov 2014

Hi, We plan to fly to culebra island on Nov 29 and ferry back on the same day (no late return flight). Is it likely that we will miss the return ferry because of tickets selling out or ferry broken? Just realize that Nov 29 is right after thanksgiving. I am really worried now. Can I go to farjado port at 7pm on Nov 28 to buy the culedra-to-farjado ferry ticket for Nov 29? Thanks.

Comment by Bike on 20 Nov 2014

At this time, it is impossible to say. But if I were a betting woman, I would say, YES-expect long lines and maybe not getting tickets and ferries breaking down or running late. February is high use season. Sorry, but currently the ferry system stinks, real bad. But things might change between then and now....but I wouldn't count on it.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Nov 2014

Hi Gwenn, Visited Culebra a few years ago and used the ferry. Other than long lines, we did not experience any difficulties with using the ferry, either to or from Culebra. We will be visiting both Culebra and Vieques this February and having read all the posts, am now concerned we may/will experience difficulties with ferry travel. We need to travel to Culebra on Feb 8th (Sunday) and travel to Fajardo from Vieques on Feb 19th (Thursday). Should we plan on long lines, possibly not getting tickets, or any other ferry casualties on either trip?

Comment by Linda on 18 Nov 2014

Well, right now, the ferries are broken and not running well. And Nov 19th is a PR holiday, so it may be busier than usual that day or the 18th in pm. But if the ferry is actually running, I think you will be able to get a ticket in Culebra for the trip home. Lines on Culebra will be lighter than in Fajardo.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Nov 2014

Hi Gwenn, We are planning a trip to Vieques and Culebra on Nov 17th-18th. We will fly or ferry to Vieques on the 17th, enjoy the day, do biobay in the evening, and fly from Vieques to Culebra first thing on the 18th. We plan to ferry back to Fajardo after snorkeling at Culebra. Is Nov low season in terms of ferry lines? I would love to ferry both ways to save some $$, as well as having our car waiting at the ferry terminal when we ferry back from Culebra the next day. When we get to Culebra the next morning, will I be able to purchase tickets for the 5pm ferry back to Fajardo? I read that the ticket booth will only open 1 hour before scheduled ride - this doesn't look good to me. How difficult it is to purchase return ferry tickets from Culebra?

Comment by Shenna on 06 Nov 2014

Gwenn we would like to visit Culebra sometime between Thursday November 20th to Monday November 24th. I am assuming the best day would be Thursday. We are staying in rio grande and have a rent car. There are 9 in our group (3 kids, 2 parents, 4 seniors). We only plan on doing a day trip to Flamenco beach and may be a snorkel tour. What transportation do we use once we are on Culebra? Would you recommend we buy our tickets ahead of time? How early should we arrive Thursday am? Thank you in advance for all your help. Charles

Comment by charles on 03 Nov 2014

Which would you recommend Vieques or Culebra? What is the difference? I plan to enjoy scenery,go to beach and maybe snorkel. Which has the bioluminescence? To enjoy the bioluminescence does it have to be night time and totally dark? Are there ferrys later than 5:00Pm that return to Fajardo?

Comment by Sandra on 30 Oct 2014

Yes, there is plenty of parking, cost is $5.35 per 24 hr. We have never had issues leaving our cars at the lot for days at a time many times over the years. I have no worries over the safety of it there (assuming you don't leave anything of value in sight).

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Oct 2014

I have a rental carthat I will need to park at the ferry terminal in Fajardo for one night, is parking available and how much does it cost? Will the car be safe overnight?

Comment by Denise on 16 Oct 2014

1 to 1½ hours depending on which ferry is in use, sea conditions, etc. There is no luggage storage at the ferry terminals.

Comment by Ray on 20 Sep 2014

How long is the Ferry ride to Vieques? How long is the Ferry ride to Culebra? Is there luggage storage at the Fajardo or Culebra Ferry Building?

Comment by Jil on 18 Sep 2014

I know about that guy, but have not heard much back about how it all works out. I think they just send you a number which you go to a special window and they give you a one way ticket. You would still have to wait on line for tickets in Culebra for the return trip, but that line is usually not that long. From Late August- mid November it is slow season, so getting round trip tickets at the dock in Fajardo is not bad, especially during the week.

Comment by Gwenn on 08 Sep 2014

Also found the ferry tickets available for sale on via Paypal. Just wondering if anyone have had successful experiences with it? Do they send you a confirmation email after purchase? Do you print the ticket out and show it to the ferry staff? How about ferry tickets from Culebra to Fajardo? Are them easier to buy at the ferry terminal in Culebra? Is it still necessary to wait in line for several hours to get it? I know buying online costs several extra dollars but if that means you can just show up before the departure time and get on the ferry it' should be a no-brainer for tourists.

Comment by Geoff on 06 Sep 2014

The ferry is scheduled 7 days a week. Barring terrible sea conditions, maintenance troubles,strikes or other unforeseen issue, the ferry will go.

Comment by Gwenn on 05 Sep 2014

Sunday is the ferry open for culebra

Comment by quinne on 03 Sep 2014 offers it. But use at own risk.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Jun 2014

I believe it is a legit site, but it does seem like something fishy is going on. I have been told by the Maritime Transport people that there are no tickets left for sale for most dates until August, yet he is able to sell them at $15 extra each. And I am not sure how you would get a refund if the ferry is cancelled or something.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Jun 2014

I'm planning to go to Culebra and came across a web site that claims you could purchase ferry tickets online through pay pal. Is this real? After reading several post it seems is very hard to get tickets pre-sold. Is this site a scam?

Comment by Eva B. on 17 Jun 2014

There was a post about someone trying to get their ferry tickets ONLINE??? Is there a place to actually do that? I have been searching and have not come up with anything.

Comment by Todd on 17 Jun 2014

Renting a car one way might be best bet, depending on the time you want to go. The only other viable option is to go via a taxi (you would be best to call and reserve one). That costs about $80 one way for up to 5 people. There are shared rides "Publicos", but that could take about 4 hours (if you know the route- it requires a couple transfers). And no luggage except carry-ons allowed. Usually not feasible for tourists. Or- just fly over from Isla Grande airport in San Juan.- Easiest! How are you getting back to SJ after Culebra? Are you staying for a few days there or no? It still might be cheapest to rent a car and park it at Ferry or Ceiba airport so you have transportation back. But you need to do the math.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Jun 2014

Traveling over the next few days (during the week, before Friday) to Culebra. But staying in San Juan and I don't want to rent a car for a one way trip. What's the best option? Publico, taxi, or bus? Are there shared ride vans to Fajardo? It doesn't matter what time I get into Culebra so I'm open to recommendations. Cheers and thanks for all the awesome information, I suspect that your bus map will be a life saver.

Comment by J-Dub on 09 Jun 2014

My short answer is NOT via the ferry. You can fly, but it is kind of pricey and very limited seating. Honestly.....I just used the ferry last week on a Friday....we got there at 6:25am and almost didn't get on (so many people on line). Weekends will be worse. Ferry left 45 mins late. So we woke up at 5am, drove there, stood in hot sun for 2.5 hrs, sat on boat for almost 2 hrs (for trip and waiting before/after) to beach around 11am and had to get back to wait for ferry at 4pm, stood for another hour, 1 hr trip, etc. Got home close to 7:30pm for 5 hours at the beach. Not worth it just to see it. I noticed the ticket line for Vieques was much shorter.... You could try going to Playa Caracas (Red Beach) on Vieques. But the ferry still sucks, and weekends are busiest, but at least you have a better chance of getting on. So unless you have $ and can get plane tickets, I would say- No, stick to Balneario Monserrate in Luquillo.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Jun 2014

Going to luquillo on the 14th. Want to take the family to see flamemco beach. What is the best way? Is it worth it?

Comment by Ed Nieda on 02 Jun 2014

Yes. You can buy the Culebra to Fajardo ticket at the ferry terminal in Culebra. You may have to go to the terminal a couple times, as the ticket window is not always open when it should be.

Comment by Ray on 30 May 2014

You can try to buy advance tickets to Vieques. They have a block of about 50 tickets per trip that are available for "advance sale". If they haven't sold out the trip you want, then you should be able to get them. But don't be surprised if they refuse to sell them to you in advance. That's been happening a lot lately.

Comment by Ray on 30 May 2014

The Cayo Blanco 600-person ferry is operating, generally between Fajardo and Culebra. We have heard that the US Coast Guard has limited the capacity to around 250 passengers during their latest inspection of the vessel. For the "9am" ferry (in quotes because it seldom leaves at 9am), get to Fajardo 2 or more hours ahead of time to get on line.

Comment by Ray on 30 May 2014

As of today, the 600 passenger ferry is working for Culebra. But that can change over night, so check back right before the holiday. Traveling July 2nd will be way better than trying on the 4th, as it is a 3 day holiday weekend.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 May 2014

Great post with useful updates. As with many others here, I was looking to travel to Culebra on 2nd July 2014. I wanted to know if traveling on the 2nd is going to be as crowded as going on the 4th of July. Any insights from those who have traveled to Culebra before the big holiday will be appreciated. Also, there were talks on other sites about a new ferry being brought in to service. Any updates on that? Thanks

Comment by Ani on 21 May 2014

Hello Gwen, Is the big passenger ferry in service? I am going to Culebra on Wednesday May 28th( Two days after Memorial Day). What is the chance I get a ticket and when should I arrive to wait?

Comment by Kun on 19 May 2014

Hello and thank you for all of the useful information you have provided! I have a few question about getting to Vieques. My family and I (4 ppl) will be arriving at San Juan Airport on Saturday morning and we were planning on driving to the Fajardo ticket office to purchase tickets to Vieques for Monday morning. We were wanting to buy tickets for the first trip out to Vieques on Monday morning (9:30 a.m.). Do you think if we get to Fajardo on Saturday morning about 8:30 a.m. to purchase tickets for the ferry on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m., we will be able to get some tickets for a few days ahead? And do you think that getting there at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning will be too late, since I heard the lines are ridiculously long on the weekends? By the way, we arrive on Saturday, May 31 and want to travel to Vieques on Monday, June 2. Thank you in advance!

Comment by Curly on 15 May 2014

Reading the reviews I feel safer booking the flight from San Juan to Culebra. On the way back, however, I'd like to get the ferry. Is it possible to buy the ticket in Culebra?

Comment by Marco on 12 May 2014

Monday the 21st is still a holiday here, so the line might be long. But with handicapped children, you should be able to get on the shorter impedido line. I am sure there will be a guard/officer at the ticket area you can ask.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 Apr 2014

You can try calling the reservation phone number (but wait until after 4/21) to pre-book tickets. If that doesn't work, you can try buying them the day before, but that hasn't been working lately). Now that the 600 passenger ferry is back in service, you probably won't need to be at the dock so early. Good luck!

Comment by Gwenn on 16 Apr 2014

I am planning to go to Culebra on 4-29 with my family for the night. Can I buy the tickets the day before or do I need to be on line by 4am.

Comment by Liz on 15 Apr 2014

We are hoping to make it over to Culebra on Monday, 4/21. How busy is it usually the day after Easter? Does traffic over there slow any at that point? Also, there are 12 of us and we will have 4 physically disabled children going with there anything special we need to know in travelling the ferry with them? Is there a different line for purchasing tickets or boarding? Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Comment by Suzanne on 14 Apr 2014

Well, they are getting a few more ferries operating for this next week, so hopefully they will keep them going. I have heard if you have a reservation to stay overnight, they sometimes give priority, so print out your reservation confirmation. And I think the 1pm ferry might be your best bet- fewer people will be trying for that one. Just as an FYI- they have said the glow is not good right now again. Check with your tour company and see what they say before you commit to waking up early or plane tickets.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Apr 2014

Well, after reading these posts I'm more than worried but I really do appreciate you putting the information out there. On Sunday, April 27th, I have a 1 night stay hotel and bio-bay tour booked on Vieques with 1 other person. I am planning on renting a car in San Juan then driving to Fajardo, parking overnight, and taking the ferry over then back the next day. If I got to the terminal around 7:30/8AM it seems like that would be too late for the 9:30 Vieques ferry... but I would be OK waiting around Fajardo and catching the next one, 1PM, or 4:30 if necessary. I just don't want to show up bright and early, wait in the terminal for 5 hours, and then have to cancel my reservation and then turn around and drive back to San Juan. Culebra seems brutal but I'm wondering if Vieques is much better at this point. So what do you think my odds are and do you have any advice to get it done? I don't really think I can afford to catch a plane and I really want to drive through the country to be honest, but am seriously considering finding a way to pay for the flight. Any advice or info would be appreciated - J

Comment by Jason on 10 Apr 2014

Tried going on Sunday March 30, 2014. my friend warned us to be there by 3am. My grandmother didn't really believe her so we got there by 4:45am. there was already a line formed to go to Culebra. It was bout 40 people in line. They started to sell the tickets at 7:30am, about 10 minutes later (not exaggerating) the 9am sold out. The line barely moved, 11am to Culebra sold out. people moved over to the Vieques line because the only tickets left to Culebra were at 3pm. I looked at the time it was only 8:10am. So the line proceeded. Then the security guard stopped us from going up the booth & he let people in another line go first. I asked "what's the difference between this line & that line?" & he asked offended "what?" & i said "yeah. what's the difference between this line & that one (pointing to it)? why are they going ahead of us?" he said "its for residence, pregnant women, 1 person with a small child & for seniors." My grandmother said "well can i buy the tickets for all 3 of us then?" he said "no. only for you." & he looked at me mad for asking & i said "well hey it was just a question." & he just looked away. so we stood there in line about 8:45am. no one moved. he didn't let anyone go to the booth. A puertorican lady got mad & said "hey why isn't the line moving?!" he said "i just do what i'm told" not looking at her. she said "well that's stupid! we have elderly people standing in line, look at her ankles, they are getting sore! at least let us buy the tickets so we can go on with our day, go eat, go to the restroom, do something else instead of waiting in line here!" & he said "i'm just doing what i'm told. no one can buy tickets till the 9am boat has left." & she just walked back in line mad. he kept saying "don't worry. if you all catch the ferry at 3pm there is a FORSURE ferry coming back at 8:30pm." a tourist went up to the guard & asked him something but i couldn't hear. the guard replied "sir you need to be patient." the same puertorican woman was furious at what she heard & said " don't be telling him to be patient! we've been patient!" & he said "you don't need to talk that way. i'm getting paid to hear all of you all complain" & she said "well then let me talk to your manager! You're getting paid to stand here, to hear us. We're paying YOU ALL to stand here!" & he just smirked & walked away. We were talking with the other tourist they said they had been trying to get on the boat to Culebra since 3 days ago. They asked the lady at the booth "hey I can't buy tickets a day ahead?" she said "no." He said "well then how do we make it on the boat?" she said "i don't know. people sleep here at night. do what they do." he said she said it with attitude. The guard finally let us go to the booth at 9:10am. my grandma asked the lady for 3 tickets to Culebra & for 3 tickets coming back at 8:30pm the same night. she said "no. we're not selling the return for today anymore. you can only get on the ferry if you are staying. i was furious. turned around & told everybody what she said & everyone was also mad & walked away. i cried. not because we couldn't go. but because of how we were all treated. next time we will just take a plane. Most horrible experience ever in Fajardo.

Comment by Bethany on 02 Apr 2014

You could try and you would probably have a better chance. Have you considered going to Vieques instead? More seats available and fewer people want to go. Playa Caracas is almost as beautiful, but you need to bring all your supplies.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Apr 2014

I have never heard that and highly doubt that....there is not Maritime Transportation Authority window there.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Apr 2014

Also, someone told us that you could purchase ferry tkts at the san juan airport. Do you know if that is true?

Comment by Edgar on 31 Mar 2014

We arrived at the ticket counter on mon 3/31 at 7:30 am and waited an hour in line to find out that tkts to culebra at 9 am were sold out. Would it help getting there at 6 am to try to get tkts ? Thanks in advance for your help

Comment by Edgar on 31 Mar 2014

Highly doubtful :-( But you can try to tickets at the dock. If you can't get to Culebra, ask for one to Vieques and go to Playas Sun Bay or Caracas. I think Caracas is almost as pretty as Flamenco and usually fewer people try to go there, so there are usually more available tickets. But you need to bring a cooler full of drinks/food and chairs/umbrella because there are no concession stands there.

Comment by Gwenn on 31 Mar 2014

Thanks for the updates. I've tried to call the ticket office but no one answers. Do you know if the passenger ferries will be running on Tues. April 1st? I would like to take my family on a day trip tomorrow.

Comment by Brandon on 31 Mar 2014

Hard to say, but I did hear that yesterday's 3pm ferry had space on it. So maybe there is hope. I would go to the terminal a few hours earlier to try to get the tickets. They may have fixed another ferry....I am awaiting confirmation.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Mar 2014

5 of us need to get on the ferry Monday 3/31 the 3pm. Niece is getting married Wednesday 4/2 on Culebrea. Been trying to get tickets online for days, it's not happening. I'm worried, don't have extra money for a plane trip. Is there any hope for us?????

Comment by Diane Turley on 30 Mar 2014

The ferry system is awful right now. But it may improve by Easter week (they promised it would). Mid Day on Easter probably won't be too busy if there is a boat running. We will try to keep this site updated with current ferry situation. But I really would fly over, better safe than sorry and one less worry.

Comment by Gwenn on 29 Mar 2014

Honestly, the ferry system is so bad at this moment, I would say no day is good. But things could change. We will try to keep the site updated with ferry news as we find it out.

Comment by Gwenn on 29 Mar 2014

Hello! My husband and I are planning on taking the ferry from fajardo to vieques on April 20th which is Easter Sunday. We have hotel reservations for 2 nights. What are our chances of getting on the ferry that day? I'm little worried.

Comment by Jane on 28 Mar 2014

I would like to know if Arpil 10 a good day to try and get on boat to go to Culebra

Comment by Bruny on 28 Mar 2014

The ferry terminal is about 1- 1.25 hours from Isla Verde.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Mar 2014

For those days/times, there are not tons of people. So as long as there is a ferry running, you should be able to get a ticket.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Mar 2014

How far by car is this Ferry Terminal from Isla Verde?

Comment by Monica on 20 Mar 2014

Hi, We are planning on taking the 3 pm ferry from Fajardo to Culebra on sunday March 23rd and return on monday March 24 by the 1pm ferry. If we plan to get there by 1 pm on sunday, will that be sufficient? Do the tickets to Culebra for the 3pm ferry on sunday too get sold out?

Comment by Primo on 20 Mar 2014

They say the ferry is running as scheduled, though I hear not always on time. But I haven't heard of any mechanical problems recently, so I think it is ok.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Mar 2014

Hi Gwenn. Is the 7pm ferry to Culebra still running on a regular basis?

Comment by Val on 18 Mar 2014

Culebra is great as a day trip or for overnight. But what are your plans...just beaching it? If so, then Vieques might work better for you. But with 4 kids and one so little, going to an island and using the ferry may be more of a hassle than it is worth. It is a LONG day. Either way, the ferry system is very iffy. But maybe it will be straightened out by June. But I wouldn't bet on it.

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Mar 2014

People with disabilities and usually people over 60 years old get priority, I haven't heard of pregnant ladies getting anything special. I don't remember seeing anything, but there would be a sign on one of the sales windows that says "impedidos". You could ask. Yes, it will be a problem getting on the ferry as the ferry they are using now is smaller than before. Only about 200 seats. Everyday people are being turned away. Hate to say it, but you might want to try for before 7am. Goof Luck!

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Mar 2014

My husband and I are planning on heading to Culbera for the day on wednesday, March 19th. We are hoping to catch the 9AM ferry. I am pregnant and read somewhere that there is a different line for older people and pregnant women. Do you know anything about this? Should I be worried about getting tickets this time of year? I was planning on arriving at the ferry dock around 7:00 AM.

Comment by Lindsay on 12 Mar 2014

Hi, we will be staying in Fajardo and are considering whether to take a day trip to Culebra or to stay a night there. We will be there the first week of June and will be traveling with 4 kids, the youngest is 3. After reading all of the comments I'm not sure whether we would be better off staying the night on Culebra or just opting for the day trip. We will definitely be using the ferry. Thanks!

Comment by Erin on 11 Mar 2014

The ferry will be busy, but not too much worse than usual. Locals usually get the week before Easter off, not after Easter. But many tourists may be visiting as schools in the States usually have the week after Easter off. If you can, go for the mid day ferry over to Culebra and you should have no problem getting on.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Mar 2014

Well....with the current ferry situation, it might be tough to get tickets for the 9am ferry. They sell out very quickly. And it is a weekend, so yes, it will be extra busy. But maybe you will get lucky and they will have the large ferry repaired and back in service. If you can opt for the mid day ferry it would probably be fewer people and a better chance of getting a seat. But you need to be at the terminal at least 2 hours early and wait on line for the 9am one. Tell them you have luggage with you (each person is allowed 1 bag) and they will include the extra in the ticket. If not, they will make you go back to ticket counter to pay for extra baggage before getting on ferry. Buy round trip tickets at Fajardo so you don't have to worry. Good luck!

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Mar 2014

We are a family of 3 trying to head out to Culebra from Fajardo on 21st March(Friday) 2014 and get back on 23rd March(Sunday) 2014. We will have a couple of pieces of luggage with us since we will be in Culebra for 2 nights. Do you think it will be feasible for us to get tickets on the 9am passenger ferry to Culebra? Is this timeframe a peak season for travel? Would we be able to purchase our return tickets at Fajardo?

Comment by Akm on 08 Mar 2014

We will be in PR 4/20 (Easter) through 4/26. We were planning on a day trip to Culebra on Tuesday or Wednesday. How busy will the ferry be this week? We will be staying in Isla Verde and renting a car get to the ferry terminal or Ceiba airport if we decide to fly over.

Comment by Ellie on 02 Mar 2014

We have never used a taxi service here, though occasionally one will advertise on our site. For specific drivers, you can check over on Trip Advisor- there people can recommend their favorite private driver. Looks like the charge will be about $70 each way.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Feb 2014

No problem, it is not crowded at 6:30 am from Culebra. Mostly people going to appointments, shopping, or school on the main island.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Feb 2014

How is getting the feet from Culebra to Fajardo at 6:30 am?

Comment by on 22 Feb 2014

Is there a specific taxi service you'd recommend to get from airport to ferry in Fajardo?

Comment by Michele on 18 Feb 2014

It will be busy but you should probably get tickets. Just get there early on-line.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Feb 2014

Traveling to culebra on Wednesday feb. 19th. Want to get the 9 am ferry. What is it like in February?

Comment by Michele on 16 Feb 2014

Thank you for your response Gwenn! We really appreciate it!

Comment by Claudia on 23 Jan 2014

Yes, it is very difficult.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Jan 2014

Culebra tickets for 9am sell out all year long. But if you can go on the next one (3pm) you should be ok. If you want to try the ferry, yes, I would get there at least 2 hours early, or contact one of the local places (Corbin powersports) to buy them for you (for a fee). Or yes, fly- it is just easier and faster and vacation is stress free.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Jan 2014

Fewer people go to Vieques for day trips, so the line is not as bad as for Culebra. I would be there about 1- 1.5 hrs before ferry leaves.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Jan 2014

Hi, we are taking the ferry to vieques tomorrow morning. How early should we go?

Comment by Mangala on 22 Jan 2014

It is easier to get to Vieques via ferry (fewer people go there as a day trip). But you can only get to a few beaches on either island via taxi/Publico. But on Vieques, you can get a taxi right from the ferry to Sun Bay and you can walk to other beaches (a bit of a walk) and Esperanza for nice restaurants/bars.

Comment by Gwenn on 20 Jan 2014

Hello gwen, love the website. I have some questions if you don't mind. I was thinking of doing either vieques or culebra by ferry on sat 25th of jan. I am a budget traveler so plane is not a feasible option. Can you tell me which island would be easier to naviagate to the beaches? I love food and will be staying in fajardo. Thanks a bunch

Comment by Tiffany on 19 Jan 2014

Hi. My family and I are going to be going out to Culebra on Friday Jan 24th, and returning on Monday the 27th. I think this is a fairly low season and don't believe it corresponds with any holiday. Should we still really expect to have to show up a full 3 hours early to get tickets? Another idea I had was to get there about an hour and a half before the ferry leaves and if the lines are too long or the ferry appears to be having problems, just drive down to Cieba and take a flight. Does that sound reasonable, or would that be a terrible idea?

Comment by Dave on 14 Jan 2014

Claudia- your dates don't correspond to any holiday, so that should be fine. But the big question is whether the ferry contract will be extended after 1/31/14. If it is not extended, ferry service will be difficult to predict. But if you can get on the 4am cargo ferry (it has space for passengers) that would be great or get there early (before 6am) to buy tickets for the 9am ferry. When you buy your tickets, buy roundtrip and you will specify which time you want to return. They only sell as many tickets for any time as they have space, so with a return ticket at a certain time, you are fine. The only thing with the cargo ferry is that if there is a gas truck on it, they don't allow passengers. I will look around for the days/time they do gas trucks. I have that info somewhere.

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Jan 2014

We will be going to Culebra on Monday Feb. 3 and returning to Fajardo on Thursday Feb. 6. Should we expect any delays on these dates (are there any holidays or events that will cause a delay) ? We saw there is a cargo ferry that leaves from Fajardo to Culebra around 4AM, is this only for cars or can we get on if we have no vehicle? If we cannot take this ferry we will take the next one around 9AM. For our return we were hoping to catch the last ferry so we can enjoy the day in the island. Do you think it might be risky to catch the last ferry leaving Culebra? Thank you! We appreciate you taking your time to answer all of our questions!

Comment by Claudia on 13 Jan 2014

Left San Juan at 5:30 this morning, arrived at ferry station by 6:40, it is now 8:05 and I'm still waitin in a long line to buy a ticket. If you want to take a car over you have to benhere by 4am apparently. Very very angry frustrated and swearing up a storm in my head.

Comment by Angry from Canada on 07 Jan 2014

Well, that is a holiday week, so earlier in the week the better (less crowded). But Vieques is a little less popular for day-trips, so usually, getting the ferry to Vieques is not a problem (barring mechanical issues or storms). If you really want to be safe, I would ask the place where you decide to stay on Vieques if they can pre-purchase tickets for you and send them to you beforehand. Or try contacting Corbin Powersports in Fajardo. I hear they sometimes buy ferry tickets for people ahead of time.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Sep 2013

Our group of 6 adults and 5 kids plan to visit Puerto Rico from Nov 25 to Nov 29. We want to visit Vieques for 1 or 2 nights. Which day is the best time to get the ticket at the ferry ? It is a bit stressful to plan this trip due to the uncertainty of this ferry. We haven't booked the hotel yet since we do not know if we are able to get tickets Vieques or not. Thanks a lot for your help!

Comment by JZ on 08 Sep 2013

Yes, I think that will all work out, that is all allowed on. There may be an additional fee for the animals, or maybe not if they are in the truck. The 2 other people will need to buy tickets, but the driver is included in the price. When you are making the reservation, make sure you tell them about all of that. As long as the gas truck is not on the same ferry, it should all be fine. If the gas truck is on it, the passengers can't go. But they can tell you all the details better than I can!

Comment by Gwenn on 31 Aug 2013

Thank you for this great information. I will be bringing a pickup truck (full of tools and luggage--and the truck will be mine, not a rental) on the Vieques ferry and will have a small dog and a cat with me. All of this, along with 3 people, will be able to travel together on the cargo ferry, correct? I just have to have both animals in carriers? My timing will be flexible and I can go in person to purchase tickets, but I just want to make sure the trip itself is feasible before I start to make arrangements. Thank you. :)

Comment by Clara on 27 Aug 2013

Yes, I have had trouble with the phones also. Try 787-494-0034. That was the number from the latest DTOP post. From 7:30am - 3pm.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Aug 2013

Hi, I'm trying to make reservations for the cargo ferry for the morning of August 16. Unfortunately, I have tried all the phone numbers published in the different sites, but some are not in service while others just ring or a coputer operator keeps talking. Do you have a more reliable number? Thanks!

Comment by Lorimar on 02 Aug 2013

Carlos- You won't be able to buy tickets is a busy weekend (last weekend of summer before school starts). If you are hoping for the 9am ferry, I would ask the hotel to buy them and send them to you. Or you can try calling Corbin Powersports in Fajardo. They will buy tickets early that morning and then you stop by their store (right by the ferry). If you are wanting the afternoon ferry, that won't be as crowded and you should be able to get them that afternoon.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Jul 2013

Good Morning! I have reservations in a hotel in culebra this coming saturday ( august 3 2013) and wanted to buy the tickets before the date to be on the safe side. Can i go to the ticket window to bought them before saturday? If so how many days in advance and what timeframe? If not what do you suggest to get in time for my planned trip? Thank you, have a blessed day :)

Comment by Carlos on 27 Jul 2013

I think you should be ok- A mid-day on Sunday to Vieques should not be too busy. Buy round trip tickets and pay the extra for your suitcases. But I can't guarantee anything!

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Jun 2013

Hello, this has been very helpful. We, a family of 6, would like to take the ferry to Vieques on July 3rd. Suitcases and all as we are staying in Esperanze at a house. Coming back to Fajardo from Vieques on July 7th. We were thinking about taking the 1:00 pm ferry going to Vieques and returning on the 11:00 am ferry. Do you forsee any problems or should we scratch it and go by air to Vieques? Not really wanting to spend the money for 6 to fly there and back. Thank you very much for your help.

Comment by Derek on 29 Jun 2013

According to their website, you are allowed to buy 10 tickets per person.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Jun 2013

Can you pick up tickets for a group of people so they don't have to wait in line a long time also. Say one person buying tickets for 6 people?

Comment by Kevin on 28 Jun 2013

Each person can have 1 bag with them on the ferry at no cost. Extra bags/cases of beer will cost about $2 each. Almost anything (as long as it is not flammable) is allowed. Sad to say, I think you will need to wait on the line to pay for your extra stuff. But you can wait until right before the ferry leaves (after all the tickets have sold out), so the line is shorter.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Jun 2013

I already bought passenger ferry tickets for July 12th thru July 14th. Im planning to bring boxes of beer cans, bottles of Rum and some groceries. How can I be sure this items will be allowed in the passenger ferry and how much and where I need to pay to bring them in the passenger ferry? Thanks for your prompt response!

Comment by Ana on 26 Jun 2013

There is no way of knowing for sure. But the weather is not supposed to be great, so maybe some people will stay away. I would get there about 7am for tickets.

Comment by Gwenn on 26 Jun 2013

If we go tomorrow, since it isn't a holiday, will we be able to get on the ferry? And how early should we arrive to get a ticket?

Comment by Jess on 26 Jun 2013

You are going during a very busy time, so getting a ferry ticket might be tough. But if you plan on getting the 3pm ferry, it will be less crowded than the 9am one. You could ask your Culebra hotel if they can get you a RT ticket for your dates. It will take about 30-40 mins from the Rio Mar to the ferry. Just going down RT 3. Then turn at the light in Fajardo at RT 194 and then onto 195 to ferry parking. Park the car, and then get on line for your ferry ticket. Then wait for them to announce boarding. The directions and a map are at the bottom of the article. We like flying- you know you will get there. I don't think there will be a firework display by the town, but there will be some people with them. It is not a real holiday for Puerto Rico, but it is a day off! You can contact Taz at Aquatic Adventures or Culebra Divers for boat trips.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Jun 2013

I am staying at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar in Puerto Rico, I have a room for Hotel Kokomo on Culebra for JULY 4, 2013. we will have a rental car. Can you give me a play by play on my best way to do this and also the time it will take to get from Wyndham on 6000 Rio Mar Boulevard. Now after reading the Ferry sold out stories I am more inclined to fly, what do you think, I really don't want to spend the extra money. Does Culebra have firework displays for 4th of July or do they not celebrate it? Also do you know of what company does snorkeling from a group boat, I am afraid to kayak and would rather do it from a regular boat. Thanx so much!

Comment by suzanna on 16 Jun 2013

Well, I think you should be ok getting to the ferry terminal about 5:30pm. That is not a popular ferry for the tourists, just some locals.

Comment by Gwenn on 31 May 2013

Hi Gwenn, We are planning a ferry trip to Culebra on Sunday, July 7th at 7:00PM and coming back on Thursday, July 11th. At what time do you recommend for us to be at the ferry terminal line to purchase the tickets? Any advise in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Comment by Ruth on 30 May 2013

Sorry- we are too late in replying. I hope you were able to get on the ferry and enjoyed Flamenco!

Comment by Gwenn on 06 May 2013

Hi, Thanks for all the great info ! I have a question; I am traveling to San Juan this Thursday. We will be staying at the Gran Melia in Rio Grande. We are planning on going to Flamenco Beach on Friday for a daytrip, what would be the most efficient way for me to get there? (On the ferry) Thanks ! Pravesh

Comment by Pravesh on 29 Apr 2013

Simple put: inefficient. Friend and I drove to Fajardo and arrived to the ferry dock by 6:30 a.m. in order to get on the 9:30 a.m. trip to Culebra. We had a pre-existing scuba diving trip planned on the island and were definitely looking forward to it. After three hours in line we were informed that the 9:30 was sold out. Fortunately there was a 10:30 trip as well. We continued to wait in line and after another hour of waiting and 20 people in front of us... we were informed the 10:30 was now sold out. I don't know how this was possible since they only sold tickets for this ferry for approx. 30 people. They also informed us that they didn't pre-sell tickets since it was a holiday weekend. Things didn't add up and my friend and I had to cancel our scuba trip & culebra trip. So much for the dive & flamenco beach! PS - they had one booth open to sell tickets to 400 people in line. Why not sell tickets online or open more booths? Beware and good luck. Good luck!

Comment by Ryan on 27 Mar 2013

If you can, the 1 pm passenger ferry or the 10:30 cargo ferry would probably be your best bets. The taxi would be a metered rate- I would estimate about $10 taxi rate. It is only abut 5 miles away.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Feb 2013

Gwenn - first and foremost... THANK YOU for this great post and all your replied to the oodles of comments/questions!!!!!!!! Here are my questions. I will be visiting Friday, May 10, 2013 a from Fajarao to Vieques. How busy do you think the ferry will be? What is the best time that day to take the ferry? Also, how much would a taxi from Fajaro Ferry station to the Cieba airport? thanks!

Comment by lily on 22 Feb 2013

If you are asking about the passenger ferry, you won't be bumped, but it it always possible for tickets to sell out. You will be going during a high use time so that could be a worry. But many people do get on the ferries everyday with a problem, so hopefully that will be your experience. Maybe by then they will have extra trips over scheduled due to the holiday week.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Feb 2013

Looking to take ferry to Culebra July 1 a Monday will I be bumped as there is 1 child 3 adults tourists wanna spend a day there..thanks on advance

Comment by rene on 23 Jan 2013

I can't guarantee it since I haven't been to the ferry dock in a while, but I believe you can.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 Jan 2013

I am thinking of taking the ferry to Culebra on a Friday morning in mid February, but I will be in Fajardo the Wednesday before for a bio bay tour. I just want to confirm that I can still purchase my ferry ticket for future trips in advanced at the window. Please advise. Thank you for all the great info.

Comment by thao on 12 Jan 2013

:-) You are welcome, we are glad we can help!

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Oct 2012

It costs $2.00 for a cooler and they do not charge for what is inside it.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Oct 2012

I have never heard about robberies at the ferry parking lot, but I can't guarantee they never happen. If you could, I would try to leave your stuff at the front desk of the new or old hotel. If not, put stuff out of sight in the locked car. However, I would never leave anything in the car that would ruin my vacation if I lost it (like my passport or spending cash). I would get a waterproof pouch and put your valuables in it and take it in the water with you (I wouldn't leave it on the beach unattended). Culebra will be busier on a Sunday- locals like to visit it also on the weekend. If you go in the off season (non-holiday weekend in winter months) you should probably be ok with the ferry. However, having taken both plane and ferry there, we always choose the plane trip from Ceiba. And use the time you would spend waiting and on the ferry (about 4 hours total RT) actually enjoying what you went over to Culebra for!

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Oct 2012

Whoever you are, you will go to heaven for posting this info :-) thanks a lot.

Comment by SKC on 03 Oct 2012

Hi, do you know what is the cost to bring a cooler and do they charge per item "inside" the cooler as well?

Comment by Mcee on 02 Oct 2012

We have been taking the ferry to Vieques and Culebras for 25 years while there in the winter . This is a great trip. You MAY see whales along the way. The best trip is to Culebras now at 9am. Try to get seats outside on top deck. When you get there take a publico to Flamenco Beach ( one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There is food there and showers. Rent an umbrella from Joe from Hoboken on the beach. The sun is very strong. The water is blue and like a swimming pool!! Enjoy the ride home at 5 PM Leave the beach at 3 and stop at Mamamcita's for a drink and nachos. The trip back is a beautiful sunset cruise. Bring a snack and a drink with you. You will arrive back in Fajardo around 7pm Parking is $5.35 Try to have exact change. Enjoy your trip Also you may purchase your tickets the day before in the afternoon. Remember in March spring breakers fill the boats and you may not get on. Midweek is the best time to go.

Comment by Nicholas Egan on 03 Sep 2012

How safe is it to leave your belongings in the car and park in the parking lot at the ferry? We are switching hotel from Wyndham to gran melia or Waldorf but we won't be able to check in yet since the ferry leaves at 9am. Would it be safer to leave our belongings at the front desk of the new hotel or in the parking lot of the ferry? Or should I take things like passport and cash with me to Culebra? It's only going to be a day trip and we will be doing water sports so I didn't want to bring too much with me to the island. Also we are thinking of Culebra on Sunday would that be a busy time to go or should we just go with the plane? Thanks

Comment by Pu on 02 Sep 2012

One person can stand in line and buy up to 10 tickets. Others do not have to be present. On the return trip, they recommend you get there 1 hr ahead of time, but if you don't care where you sit, you can arrive later and hope to get seats somewhere near each other.

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Aug 2012

Can one person stand in line and purchase for let's say 5 people. Or do all 5 people have to be present? On the return ferry. Do we have to be there one hr early even though we purchased the round trip? Thanks

Comment by Tatiana on 15 Aug 2012

If you buy a round trip ticket, they will get you back to Fajardo some time that evening (and most probably on the 5pm ferry). If there is some problem with the 5pm ferry, they have backups they run until all are taken home. This is barring any weather related issues that may prevent the ferries from running. Not usually a problem.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Jul 2012

I think you should be ok getting tickets at 1pm on a Sunday, just by showing up at the window 1 hr before the ferry. That is not the popular time. There is also a cargo ferry( which has room for about 60 passengers) that goes to Vieques at 11am and 5pm and another passenger ferry at 4:30pm. So with all those options, barring any mechanical or weather-related troubles, you will get to Vieques that afternoon.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Jul 2012

We are scheduled to check-into a Viequez hotel on Sunday, August 15th in the afternoon and will be taking the ferry there. We are thinking about taking the 1:00 pm ferry. What do you think should be our strategy for purchasing the ticket? I saw that some folks commented that they were not able to purchase their tickets in advance (a day or two in advance) at the location. Thanks!

Comment by Javier on 29 Jul 2012

im planning a day trip (weekday) trip to Culebra and back to Fajardo same day. is there a chance the 5pm would be full and i would have to wait until the next day? thanks

Comment by peter competiello on 25 Jul 2012

I am unsure if they would have to pay extra for the scooter, but I would think no. Ask at the ticket counter when you get there. Yes, they will be able to board the ferry. How hard it is to get a ticket on the ferry depends on the week. Holiday weeks can be touch, but usually the later ferry is not as crowded. As long as the weather and ship maintenance is all good, it should be ok. You can buy a round trip ticket in Fajardo, so you don't have to get to Vieques terminal too early. The person with the wheelchair scooter will probably get preferential boarding, but I don't know about the rest of your party. Check with the people working the boarding gate.

Comment by Gwenn on 04 Jun 2012

I am a tourist traveling to Vieques and did not want to pay the extra cost to fly. One of the individuals in my party rides an ecv which is a transportable scooter (almost like a wheel chair but not). Will they be able to board the ferry and is there an extra cost? Also is it difficult to get a ticket from Vieques in the middle of the week on the last ferry? Do we have to get to the terminal in Vieques early in order to make it back to the main land?

Comment by Beth on 28 May 2012

The beaches will be busy, but most people will already be there and will be leaving Monday on the 5pm ferry. I think you will be able to get on the Sunday afternoon ferry without too much of a problem. At least that is my best guess. Good luck!

Comment by Gwenn on 23 May 2012

Greetings Would you recommend going to Culebra on the Sunday afternoon 3pm route or could it be packed out on May 27th, 2012. Thanks for all the good info!

Comment by JS on 22 May 2012

According to their price list, I would say no- children under 3 don't need a ticket.

Comment by Gwenn on 20 May 2012

Do we need to buy a ticket for kids under 3.

Comment by ss on 17 May 2012

you are the best! this is so helpful and will make the trip more at ease!!!!!

Comment by JS on 15 May 2012

Erin- the morning ferry from Fajardo to Vieques is at 9:30am (as our schedule also says). The ferry to Culebra is at 9am. However, next week is Holy Week. The ferry system will be crazily busy. They will be adding additional ferries to help get everyone to/from. So the schedule doing Holy Week may be different from the usual one.

Comment by Gwenn on 29 Mar 2012

Gwenn -- I've seen conflicting times on the morning ferry from Fajardo to Vieques. Can you confirm it departs at 9 a.m.? I saw here that it leaves at 9:30 a.m.: We're planning to go mid-week next week (there are nine of us). Do we have any shot of getting on the ferry? Thanks, Erin

Comment by Erin Gifford on 27 Mar 2012

Has anybody experienced taking the ferry on thanksgiving weekend? We're planning on catching the 9am Sunday ferry to Culebra. Are there long lines too? We might need to change our plans if this is not a good idea.

Comment by Annie on 03 Nov 2011

Adam- during peak times (summer and holiday weekends), it is near impossible for day-trippers to get on the ferries. It seems everyone wants to go to the small island beaches for the day. You will have better luck going mid-week and mid-day.

Comment by Gwenn on 02 Jul 2011

As a tourist you can forget about catching a ferry over. It will never happen.

Comment by Adam on 02 Jul 2011

By "bag of beers" I assume you mean a cooler? Anyway, the answer is "yes", you can bring alcohol onto the ferry to take to Culebra. It costs an extra couple bucks to bring a cooler on the ferry. Once on the ferry, they will store all coolers in one area ... they don't want people drinking on the ferry, obviously. If you're taking bags and/or coolers to the beach (especially Flamenco), they will check (at the beach) that you are not bringing any GLASS bottles. Cans and plastic are OK.

Comment by Ray on 20 Jun 2011

A bag of Beers and Rums is allowed on the ferry to Culebra?

Comment by LAGuy on 20 Jun 2011

Is there a place on Culebra to rent scooters? If so, does anyone have a link to their site or a phone number? Thanks.

Comment by NYC2PR on 20 Apr 2011

Great article! Found all the information I needed!Thank you!

Comment by Tanya on 15 Apr 2011

I've made the trip a few times and the best advice I can give is get there early. You need to find a place to park, get you tickets, and get in line for the ferry. Parking - If it's not busy, you can find a place on the street nearby or in a public parking lot just before the ferry dock. On a busy day, you can try to find a parking spot on the street, but if you can't, people will advertise parking for about $5 on day on small private lots. Beware that if someone tells you they have parking right around the corner, and you don't see the lot, they may lead you several blocks away. Ticket Line - I've never had a problem with locals filling a ferry since there are not that may of them, but the general disorganization on lines can be very unpredictable. If you go on a weekday when the Puerto Rican kids are in school, the lines are pretty short and you would probably be fine getting there 45 min. early. On a weekend or in the Summer, the line can get longer and you probably need to be there at least 1.5 hours ahead of time. On a holiday weekend.... well it's just not going to happen unless you are there several hours ahead of time. If you get there and the line stretches around the corner, consider looking to see if the Vieques line (in the same terminal) is shorter and going there instead. Getting on the ferry - Everyone will be getting in line for the ferry early, and so should you (at least 30 minutes before departure). Being as it's Puerto Rico, everybody (and their entire families) will be pushing and shoving to get on the boat first and get the best seat (or a seat at all on crowded days).

Comment by Steve on 09 Apr 2011

We've tried getting on the culebra ferry three times without success. The last time I arrived about three hours early and only had 20 people ahead of me. As soon as they started selling tickets locals cut in line until all the tickets were gone. Very disappointing! A local small time car rental guy said next time we could arrange for him to get our tickets for a small premium. It's a shady operation. We love visiting PR but the ferry to Culebra is our worst memory.

Comment by Greg on 25 Feb 2011

"The ferries usually run “on-time”, give or take a little." Hardly. As the day goes on the ferry runs later and later. We had wanted to go out to Vieques on the 3 pm ferry which, after the incredibly long delay, finally pulled into the dock around 5 pm and finally left around 5:45 pm. So a note - if you want to get to your port on time, GET THERE EARLY!

Comment by Glenn on 15 Nov 2010

The dog is allowed on the ferry as long as it is in a crate and you have paid the fee for it. I did not see the fee for a dog, but I assume it is just a few dollars.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Oct 2010

Very informative page but I don't see anything about travelling with pets. I have a small 7 pound yorki that I would need to travel with.

Comment by Richard Seifert on 11 Oct 2010

I just called the Lanchas to purchase my tickets in advance for myself and my three kids. The gentleman on the phone told me that we can no longer purchase over the phone and would have to buy them the day of the trip and wait on line. This is such a problem...I really wanted my kids to see Culebra

Comment by Lucie on 02 Aug 2010

Just small tidbits I have learned. The ferry is as mentioned above but some other thoughts you might like are these... It is beautiful to lay on the top benches on a clear night and stargaze if you are on the last ferry. It will be cool but you can snuggle under a blanket or what not. There will be taxis (vans) when you arrive and they will only take cash so have some handy but they will take you just about anywhere. In Vieques and I am sure Culebra too, some of the locals will hang around the beach and take you snorkeling for a small fee. I find that you can have a great time if you have fewer people snorkeling with you as the fish get stirred when you go in bulk. The ferry ride itself can be enjoyable if you get there with time to spare and relax. The locals will roll up a shirt and take a nap on deck, as did I. Have fun!

Comment by GeoTravelCat on 19 Jan 2010

SM- You could try to bring the bikes on the passenger ferry, but they may not allow it (I guess it dependson who is working, how busy they are , if they want to look the other way etc). They allow camping stuff (I have seen people bring tons of it!) but no flammable things like lighter fluid are allowed- they will go through your stuff to make sure you don't have it with your grill supplies. But the Cargo ferry also carries people and it goes to the islands a couple times/day. Check this post for times for your island: Have fun!

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Oct 2009

It was mentioned that bikes were technically only permitted on the cargo ship, but how do you get camp gear over if you are only entitled a small amount of personal belongings? My family and I are planning on going to camp for a night and were hoping to bring our bikes to get around, but with three of them that doesn't seem to be possible based on these posts. Does anyone have more experience with this?

Comment by SM on 09 Oct 2009

Jane- yes, you can go to the window and buy tickets for a future trip. But you need to go during normal ticket hours (about 1 hr before ferry time until about 10 mins after the ferries leave). The windows are closed the rest of the time (at least that has been what I have seen). The 9am/9:30 ferry time is crazy- loads of long lines in Fajardo. The lines are much shorter (or non existent!) during the later ferry times.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Jul 2009

Sorry for not explaining it in details. What I meant is whether it is possible to go to the ticket booth and buy the advanced round-trip tickets for the next day in person. Thanks again.

Comment by Jane on 29 Jul 2009

Thanks Gwenn for the advice. Is it possible to get tickets the day before? When does the ticket booth close in the afternoon? Thanks in advance

Comment by Jane on 29 Jul 2009

The regular ferry is a passenger-only ferry ... no cars. There is a cargo ferry, but space is limited and hard-to-come-by for personal vehicles unless you live on Culebra. You can contact the port authority to see if they can accommodate you ... but I wouldn't count on it.

Comment by Ray on 16 Jul 2009

The family is planning to go to Culebra on July 19, I would like to know is there only the Lancha or the Ferry is available to bring out our cars Please answer me as soon you can!!! Mariel

Comment by Mariel on 16 Jul 2009

HI Jane- It is almost impossible to book tickets early. So everyone has to go to the ticket booth. Early August is still kind of busy for the ferries, but not like crazy July. You are on the right track getting there 1 hr early and getting on line for tickets. Of course, there is no guarantee there will be tickets left when you get to the ticket window. It is a problem.

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Jul 2009

We plan to visit Culebra on either August 5 or August 6. Is it possible for us to get 9am tickets by getting to the ticket booth 1 hour ahead of time? Since August is in the hurrican season, ordering the tickets ahead of time sounds a bit risky. Many thanks.

Comment by Jane on 13 Jul 2009

While I don't disagree with your observations, you have to keep in mind that it only costs $2.00-$2.25 for the ride between the islands. For many locals, that cheap transportation is a god-send and their only option for travel between the islands. And you get what you pay for. If you can afford the difference, fly.

Comment by Ray on 09 Jul 2009

What you've read about Culebra being empty may or may not be true for July. You see, July is the big "local" vacation month. We have 5 major holidays in July, so this is the month that locals choose to take their vacations. And where do many of them go? Culebra ... expecially for "day trips". We live in Rio Grande, and we've noticed a considerable amount of "beach traffic" along Route 3 over the past couple of days. I think what you're running into is the normal summertime rush.

Comment by Ray on 09 Jul 2009

We tried to get the ferry from Fajardo to Culebra on Tuesday (july 7th) and the line wrapped down the street, around the corner and down the block. After waiting for 45 minutes in the blazing early morning heat, they announced the ferry was full. The line had only moved maybe 10 feet in that time. Everything I read said that Culebra was pretty empty except on weekends and holidays. So I don't understand what is going on and whether we should try again tomorrow (thursday). We tried both Vieques Air Link and Air Flamenco and neither have any seats available either. We really wanted to visit Culebra and are extremely disappointed that as of right now, it does not look like we have any possible way to get there.

Comment by finnius on 09 Jul 2009

As a patron of the ferry for the past 40 years, I can tell you it is at best a third world operation. As a Puerto Rican, I am deeply ashamed of the complete lack of customer service, the behavior of the locals, the lack of information, and the overall attitude of everyone involved. Except for some new ships, you would think this was some ferry service in an underdeveloped country in 1920. I have called 2,000 times for information and only had my phone called answered once! The price for a ferry ride has never changed; I would be willing to pay a little more for better service. Go to the Ceiba or San Juan airport and fly instead.

Comment by G on 04 Jul 2009

Yes. I believe they can. update: 7/15/09 Technically, bikes can only go on the cargo ferry, but you may get lucky and be able to bring them on the passenger ferry. I think it depends on how busy it is and how much the ferry people care that day about following the rules.

Comment by Ray on 01 Jul 2009

Can bikes be brought on the Culebra Ferry?

Comment by LPQ on 01 Jul 2009

The cost of a taxi from the SJU airport to Rio Grande will be about $63 one way. Then by the time you figure in taxi from Rio Grande to Fajardo (metered fare) and taxi from Fajardo back to SJU at the end of your trip (around $80) ... it may be more cost effective to rent a car and leave it sit in the lot at the ferry terminal. Just don't forget to factor in parking (about $5/day) at the ferry and the possibility of a charge to park at your resort.

Comment by Ray on 02 May 2009

we are flying into san juan late friday night and then thinking of staying at the gran melia in rio grande (since it is one of the less expensive places) and then need to get to the ferry terminal the next day and hopefully take the 9am ferry to culebra and staying (camping ) in culebra until monday am and then will have to head back from culebra to the airport. would it make the most sense to rent a car and just keep it at the ferry terminal until monday when we get back? since it seems like all of the taxi prices will cost more and the car is only about 80 something from friday night until monday evening... ?

Comment by Jaimie on 01 May 2009

I agree- the ferry is far from perfect. The ferry is actually public transportation for the residents on Vieques/Culebra. These locals need the ferry to go to school or the doctor or to pay taxes etc. It is the only way they can live their daily lives. It is not a money making venture. So- yes, these locals do and should have priority for tickets. I would hate to see a child stuck in Fajardo for the night because a tourist took the last seat. Yes, it is not well organized. And I doubt you will ever find anyone in charge at the ferry terminals. The head offices are elsewhere. Tourists need to be flexible. If you HAVE TO get to Vieques or Culebra, then fly. You can get a flight from Ceiba airport for under $30. If you only want to spend $2.50 for the ferry, then you will need to deal with some inconvenience- that is the way it is. Luckily, there is a new person in charge of the ferries this year, and he is making some improvements. I hope it helps! We always say- if you have more money than time- fly. If you have more time than money, take the ferry.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Apr 2009

TRAVELER BEWARE! There are a few other things you need to know about the ferry from Fajardo to Vieques/Culebra. (1) Local residents get to jump in line ahead of you to purchase tickets for the ferry - they live there, you don't, so they get first dibs on tickets. If a ferry is close to full, you can get "bumped" in favor of a resident who's returning home. (2) The Fajardo terminal does not appear to be well-organized or well-run, and no one appeared to be in charge on the day I was there (2/18/09)...if you have a question or complaint, there's not a manager present who can help (or is willing to admit that they are the manager). (3) Several of the locals I spoke to were very frustrated because they say that the PR Port Authority does not provide adequate preventative maintenance to keep the ferry fleet moving on a regular schedule. Based on what I saw - there were three ferries tied to the docks that did not move all day 2/18/09, and one that went out of service later in the day - causing 7+ hour delays in departure schedules - I'd have to agree with their assessment. I suspect that part of the reason for all of this is (4) the fact that adult tickets are $2.50 each, meaning that this is a government-subsidized venture with no profit potential - and in turn, that creates an environment for sloppy operations management and maintenance practices. TRAVELER BEWARE! Use the Fajardo ferries only if price is your primary motivation, and you have no time committments on Vieques or Culebra. If you have any kind of schedule to keep, take a commuter flight from San Juan instead (about $160 per person, round trip as of 2/17/09).

Comment by dstyes on 21 Feb 2009

I guess it really depends on how many people are in your group. The cheapest way to get from San Juan to Fajardo is a private driver for about $60 one-way. The other option is a taxi @ about $80 one-way. A flight from San Juan to one of the sister islands costs about $70 per person each way. The ferry is about $3 per person each way. So you need to do the math and divide out the per person costs versus the time involved.

Comment by Ray on 29 Jan 2009

could anyone recommend a way of getting between the san jose airport and fajardo? we're arriving at SJU and our ultimate destination will be culebra (or possibly vieques). is it worth flying from SJU to the islands or driving to fajardo and taking the ferry? thanks for the help!

Comment by raffi on 29 Jan 2009

Great info! We've taken both the cargo and the passenger ferry and I completely agree that unless you absolutely HAVE to take the cargo ferry, don't. And the info about the passenger ferry being cold, is right's downright chilly, especially after being in the sun all day!! Thanks for the updated schedules and numbers!!

Comment by Beth on 29 Dec 2008

Yes. You can park overnight in the parking lot near the ferry terminal for about $5/day.

Comment by Ray on 03 Sep 2008

Can we park the rental in the terminal parking lot for more than 1 day? We are planning on picking up and using the rental for 3 days on the mainland then spending 4 nights on Vieques. We will then drive ourselves back to the airport from the ferry terminal after our visit to Vieques. Is this possible?

Comment by Denise on 02 Sep 2008

It is our understanding that cars rented on the "big island" cannot be transported to Culebra or Vieques. You should verify that with your rental car company. In most cases, it will void your rental contract. There is no "car ferry" to the islands. There is a "cargo ferry" used to transport goods and construction materials and equipment. There is no posted schedule for this cargo ferry. You need to make a reservation to get onto it, and you may very well be bumped off if there's a shipment that has higher priority. There are ample cars for rent on both Culebra and Vieques, and you can park your rental car in the lot near the ferry terminal for about $5/day.

Comment by Ray on 27 Jan 2008

i am taking my rent a there a schedule for this?

Comment by frances on 26 Jan 2008

Unfortunately, you cannot purchase ferry tickets on-line. Your best bet on getting through on the phone is to call right around the time that the ferry leaves. See our ferry schedule above for those times. The majority of the people just go to the ferry terminal the morning they want to travel and buy tickets at the ticket window. Unless you're going on a _really_ popular day (day after Thanksgiving, Easter weekend, etc) you should have no problem getting tickets.

Comment by Ray on 22 Jan 2008

How can I book on-line? We've been trying for three days. Please help us. We need 7 tickets to Culebra. Thank you very much.

Comment by FRANK on 22 Jan 2008

very comprehensive information

Comment by Hina on 30 Aug 2007

Thank u so much, this info answered all my question!!!

Comment by Liz on 10 Aug 2007

This was very helpful! I was completely unaware that you could reserve tickets in advance. I'll plan on doing that now!

Comment by Mark on 03 Aug 2007

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