Attractions on Vieques

The importance of a visit to Vieques shouldn't be overlooked simply because it takes a little extra work to get there.  Not only are the beaches as picturesque as you might imagine, but an important wildlife refuge, and several historic landmarks that offer a glimpse into what life was like on the island up to a century ago.

Beaches
Vieques Beaches

Pata Prieta

You will discover an abundance of beaches to consider on the island. Snorkeling is an option at some of these beaches, for vacationers who enjoy this relaxing pastime. Click on each beach name for a detailed guide to that particular stretch of sand.

A location where snorkeling is an option is Secret Beach. Laguna La Plata is set in a crescent shaped bay backed by miles of forest. The shore features sugar white, soft sand, and the waters are a stunning turquoise.

Attractions Map

Another good choice for visitors who enjoy snorkeling is Esperanza Beach. Looking out over the waters of Esperanza Beach gives you quite a view. The sand is powder white, and the waters are a bright blue and so clear you can see to the bottom for a decent distance off shore.

Green Beach: Access Punta Arenas by taking Route 22 west onto the Old Navy Base and through to a dirt road. Take a right at the fork and continue on across two bridges.

Vieques is home to plenty of additional beaches to choose from. Use this link to visit our page regarding beaches for Vieques.

Landmark Attractions

Vieques Landmarks

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust. It is found within Esperanza, Vieques. The office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Additionally, if the nitty gritty aspects of life by the sea interest you, you might enjoy a visit to Punta Mulas Lighthouse. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Punta Mulas Lighthouse now houses a museum with information regarding the maritime history of not only Vieques and Puerto Rico, but of the Americas as well.

Fortín Conde De Mirasol: Built in 1845, Fortin Conde De Mirasol was eventually turned into a prison and place of execution for many prisoner. Near complete ruins by the late 1900's, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture restored the complex, finishing in 1991.

These examples are only some of the available options. To learn more about other sites worth seeing on the island, go to this page.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Vieques National Wildlife Refugee

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? You might be happy to learn the island has several nature preserves on it.

Vieques National Wildlife Refugee is a great nature preserve located in central Vieques. Vieques National Wildlife Refugee is home to at least five plants and ten animals on the endangered species list, and stands as an important archeological and historical site.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On Vieques
Name Type Location Island
Vieques National Wildlife Refugee Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Central Vieques Vieques

Parks

Travelers can enjoy a park on Vieques.

Parks On Vieques
Name Type Location Island
Munoz Rivera Plaza Park 1.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Barriada Monte Santo Vieques

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more popular area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Vieques are summarized in the chart below.

Land Formations On Vieques
Name Type Location
Bahia Icacos Bay 9.0 mi. East of Central Isabel Segunda
Bahia Playa Blanca Bay 12.0 mi. South of Central Culebra Pueblo
Bahia Salina del Sur Bay 9.2 mi. East of Central Isabel Segunda
Bahia Salinas Bay 9.5 mi. East of Central Isabel Segunda
Ensenada Honda Bay 5.8 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo
Ensenada Sombe Bay 1.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Esperanza
Laguna Algodones Lagoon 5.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central Barriada Monte Santo
Laguna Anones Lagoon 10.1 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo
Laguna Arenas Lagoon 6.4 mi. West of Central Esperanza
Laguna El Pobre Lagoon 5.8 mi. West of Central Esperanza
Laguna Kiani Lagoon 5.7 mi. West of Central Esperanza
Laguna Matias Lagoon 8.0 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo
Laguna Monte Largo Lagoon 5.9 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo
Laguna Playa Grande Lagoon 2.8 mi. West of Central Esperanza
Laguna Puerto Diablo Lagoon 7.8 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo
Laguna Yanuel Lagoon 5.2 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo
Mosquito Bay Bay 1.6 mi. East of Central Esperanza
Puerto Diablo Bay 8.0 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo
Puerto Negro Bay 6.2 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo
Puerto Real Bay 0.6 mi. South West of Central Esperanza
 

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