Vieques is the perfect place to have a drink and relax while enjoying the peaceful, tranquil aqua-colored waters and island breezes of the Caribbean. One of Vieques Island's most infamous cocktail drinks is its rum punch. It only takes one to get the party started, two to tango and three to Tear Da Roof Off. Each bar has it's own specific take on it.
|Fill the glass with ice and add:|
|1 oz. Gold Rum|
|1 oz. White Rum|
|equal parts Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice|
|a splash of Passion Fruit Juice|
|and a floater of dark rum on top.|
September 20th is National Rum Punch Day, so wherever you are that day enjoy a taste of Vieques!
Bili is a local drink found during Vieque Island's Carnival Patronales and summer celebrations. It is rum that has been fermented with Quenepas. Quenepas are added to white rum along with vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, etc. and then is stored in a dark place for about 1 month. The Quenepa is a small edible tropical fruit with green leathery skin and sweet juicy translucent pulp that grows locally and typically ripens during the summer.
Vieques Island’s most favorite holiday drink is made with rum, coconut milk, coconut cream, sweet condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Check out the following recipe on the Food Network and for a more elaborate version visit Martha Stewart's website.
If you can't make it to Vieques for the winter holidays, El Museo del Barrio in New York City hosts an annual Coquito Tasting Contest during the month of December.
Puerto Rico's first and top selling light beer is Medalla Light. There is no Regular Medalla, just light exists and this year with the introduction of Medalla Light into the US the name has been revamped to Medalla Premium Light. The light lager style brewed beer is found at every bar on the island and some say it is more popular than water.
You're on an island. What is more natural than wanting to go boating or sailing. While there are no barebones excursions from Vieques, There are many charter companies ready to take you out to sea!
Insider Tip: Most day tours include secluded reef snorkeling with all gear provided, lunch and introduction to recent island history. They get booked well in advance, so be sure to contact them for reservations.
If you are exploring the Caribbean in your own boat, Vieques could be a fun place to stop. Be advised, there are no marinas here. You will need to anchor off Esperanza on the south coast or Isabel II on the north coast and dinghy in. Esperanza has two offshore cays that provide some protection to the harbor. In both towns, there are restaurants and bars right nearby, also places to buy ice and groceries within walking distance. Secure your dinghy and valuables with care. Our sister island, Culebra, is very popular with sailors because it's well-protected harbor is considered to be a top notch Hurricane Hole.