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Ferry to Vieques really a nightmare?

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Ferry to Vieques really a nightmare?

It seems from what I've read, that the ferry is the least desirable way to get to Vieques. I hear it's choppy (I get seasick) and breaks down and doesn't stay on schedule, etc. Does anyone have experience with it? Flying may be the better option but clearly the price difference peaks a person's interest in the ferry...thoughts? Advice? Thanks!

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1. Re: Ferry to Vieques really a nightmare?

We've taken the ferry many times ... "yes" to everything you've "read".

Pros of ferry: low price

Cons of ferry: length of trip, sometimes rough seas, lack of "firm" schedule, crowds at peak times, sometimes ferries out of commission

Pros of flying: short trip

Cons of flying: price

You need to make decision based on what's important to you on vacation.

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2. Re: Ferry to Vieques really a nightmare?

We decided to fly. We took the ferry from Belize City to Ambergris Caye in Belize last year, and it was SO long and uncomfortable. We flew back instead and it was much better and more scenic. The time and discomfort of the ferry made us decide to definitely take a flight to and from Vieques!

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3. Re: Ferry to Vieques really a nightmare?

when you think about cost, have you factored in the cost to actually get to the ferry? that will cost about $80. it's still cheaper than flying. i know. but its about an hour drive then another hour or more for the ferry ride. Plus the time you wait for the ferry. so it's not just the price. you can add hours to your trip.

its easier to fly there and take the ferry back. if cost makes a difference, thats a way to try to even it out.

the ferry isn't as bad as it sounds. there was a time recently where there were weather issues and mechanical issues at the same time. that was tough. but overall the ferry is reliable. though the experience can be tough. waiting with alot of people at the ferry terminal. the mad dash to get on the boat finding a seat, the a/c. then getting off the ferry, waiting. its sooooo much easier to fly. you can fly from Isla Grande airport in san juan. you take a $20 to $25 cab ride from SJU and fly for $68 one way. you can eveen take the $80 pre arranged ride and take a $30 flight. it s actually a couple of bucks cheaper for two and alot cheaper the more people that share the cost. again, the timing matters. its an hour drive.

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