I have been to Culebra
and Vieques about a dozen times in the last 2 years, and most of the notes above are relaible, but a couple of notes based on my observations and lots of conversations with locals:
1. Culebrita is almost always rolly at night, so you should generally plan only on day stops, then head
over to Dakkity for a comfortable overnight anchorage. If you do grab a mooring
at Culebrita, or any of the DPS moorings, for that matter, be wary. The locals always throw an anchor
out for insurance
, and I see lots of DPS moorings disappearing between my visits.
2. The holding in Ensenada Honda
is notoriously bad, due to the dense growth on the bottom. Everyone I know, including me, has dragged there when the wind
shifts at all Southerly. If you dive your anchor
, you probably will see the problem with getting a good bite in there. A couple of moorings have been placed that are reliable there and in Sun Bay, and more are being planned. Be sure to ask the locals which moorings to trust.
As to Vieques restaurants, there is one up on the hill to the west of Ensenada Honda
that I can recommend, if you are looking for a special setting with excellent food
. It's in a resort called The Inn at the Blue Horizon, and I think the restaurant's called The Blue Macau. It's a bit upscale for us humble sailing folk, but the sunsets there are beautiful. If you can get a cab ride up there, at least stop for a Sundowner at their amazing bar.
If you're looking for simpler fare, grab some pizza at The Vieques Yacht Club (formerly Pirate's Plaza). It's the bright pink place right accross from the crumbling pier where you tie your dinghy
, and it's not as fancy as it might sound. Nice people, though, and the owner is an affable and knowledgeable sailor.