A range of food can be found in Vieques, but little of it is local cuisine. There are two main cities on the island where many of the restaurants on Viques can be found, Esperanza and Isabel Segundo, but there are also some restaurants spread out across the island. I spent the majority of my time on the island in Esperanza – it is slower pace and has a more islandy feel.
In Esperanza –
Lazy Jacks: This is the place to go in the evening. There are plenty “locals” (mostly those from the United States who moved here within the last 10 years). They often have karaoke, bands, or a DJ. As far as drinks go, I suggest the “Painkiller.” They have a large selection of food here, quite American. As I said, this is the place to go for “an evening out” in Esperanza; the bartenders are great! There is also a hostel attached, which I would probably have stayed at if I was traveling solo.
El Guayacan: Newest restaurant to the scene with good and more authentic Puerto Rican food. My favorite thing I had was the Empanadas. They also have a late happy hour!
Bananas: A mix of American and some local cuisine with great happy hour prices from 4 to 6, connected to a guest house, with a great ocean view (pictured above).
Belly Buttons: Good breakfast and lunch spot with different specials everyday. Perhaps best known for morning drinks at the bar – bloody marys and Baileys iced coffee. They also have a BBQ on Thurs, Fri, Sat.
Duffy’s: American cuisine, the veggie burger was perfect with caramelized onions and blue cheese. The drink list includes a variety of craft beers and tropical mixed drinks.
In Isabel Segundo–
Coquí Fire Cafe: Amazing spin on Mexican food! One of the best (and biggest) burritos I have ever had. Also, one of the best Margaritas! They also make multiple Coqui sauces with plenty of variety. This is a must in Isabel Segundo.