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Vieques Food Drink Transportaion

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Vieques Food Drink Transportaion

Spent Xmas in Culebra 2009 and had a great trip. Had no problems using the ferry. Grocery shopped in Fajordo due to lack of supplies on Culebra.

Going to Vieques on 12-21 2011

Have read post about ferry issues, any updates on reliability of ferry.

Are there ample grocery stores on Vieques compared to Culebra?

Is there any worthwhile savings buying alcohol on the mainland ?

Welcome any suggestions on what not to miss on island?

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1. Re: Vieques Food Drink Transportaion

Vieques has two well stocked grocery stores plus a bunch of smaller well stocked colmados.

no need to bring alcohol

if you have a cooler, meat and seafood might be worth bringing. but thats about it. and often, the markets have decent meat so its not even an issue.

the ferry seems to be running regularly. if its important to you to take it, it seems you will be ok.

do you have a rental car? if not, try to get one.

do the bio bay

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Go to the fresh market on Tuesday morning (I think Wed too) for fresh fruit & veggies. It's located across the road from the Cash & Carry where you can find a decent selection of wine, beer, alcohol and mixers. (intersection of 200 & 201 - airport is on 200) The grocery store near Isabell II was stocked ok, but definitely doesn't have everything. Had to go to 2 places to find real butter to have with our fresh lobsters.

We found fresh fish & lobster in the parking lot to the right of the ferry dock. A group of 4 or 5 men where sitting/standing around the picnic table under the tree. They have no sign or anything, so I just stopped and asked. Excellent & fresh. Price OK too. Don't know if they are there everyday, but they were both times we stopped in the early afternoon.

We arrived on a Saturday and were looking for a place to have dinner. Most places were closed, which was odd to us. We had passed what looked like a guy making rotissere chickens in front of his house on the way to the grocery store, so on the way back we stopped because we were starving at that point. 1 whole chicken & 2 sides for $15.00. Bargain!!! We found out later that he does this only on Friday & Saturday evening and it's best to call and reserve what you want. So we just LUCKED OUT!!! Robertazo BBQ 787-717-9299

We stayed in Bravos de Boston and these places were all within 10-20 minutes. You HAVE to have a car or jeep, no matter where you stay. Next time we will stay on the Esperanza side of the island. More restaurants, bars, and closer to the beaches.

Buy gas when you get down to 1/2 tank or so. I bought gas one afternoon after going to the grocery. (across the street from each other) Didn't have to wait at all. Next day when we passed there was a LONG line of cars waiting for the tanker to unload, so they could fill up.

Have a great trip!

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Related question: Does the Fajardo Walmart sell groceries, and if so are they (as I'd assume) significantly less expensive than groceries sold on Vieques? Or the supermarket that I understand is next to it? Ditto as to any visible and convenient liquor store on that route. Please assume we're driving by them anyway in a one-way car rental from San Juan en route to Fajardo for the ferry and have ample time due to the ferry schedule.

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Hi, ellenclaire;

We noticed you're a new poster, so a big welcome to the TA Forums!

Here's a link to a previous post that covers a lot of the same ground:

tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g147326-i649-k35909…

(You'll often find that a search of the forum can turn up previous discussions about your topic)

We took a light- hearted look at the Supredescuento Morales grocery store, aisle by aisle, a couple of years ago on our blog. Here's a link to the last post (for the Cold Room)- you can read back through to Aisle 1 from there:

…blogspot.com/2010/04/super-descuento-morale…

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Thanks for that on-point link. And to answer the question posed on that closed thread re why Latin American beef tends to be tougher, if more flavorful, than the U.S. norm: I think it comes down to grass feeding (and attendant exercise) vs. corn feedlots (and attendant flabbiness). See http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/400836

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Interesting link TiltedFlipCurves, thanks. We have no idea if the beef sold in Morales is grass or grain fed, but in our experience it has been tasty with some "tooth"

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