Attractions on Vieques

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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

Pata Prieta

You'll discover a large selection of beaches to visit on the island. Snorkeling is available at some of these beaches, for visitors who enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the name of the beach for detailed information about that specific beach.

If you are looking for a place to snorkel, a place providing that option is Secret Beach. Located on the east side of Isla de Vieques, Laguna La Plata is part of the National Wildlife Refuge of Vieques. The beach is almost never crowded and the waters are calm, perfect for a family day at the beach.

Another top pick for visitors who enjoy snorkeling is Esperanza Beach. Playa Esperanza is located about an hour outside of San Juan. Head west on Route 22 and exit at #46 where you will go north on Road 686.

Attractions Map

Green Beach: Punta Arenas, also known as Green Beach, is a part of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. It is located on the island of Vieques and runs from the north west tip down the east side.

The island includes a full range of beach choices. To get more information on beaches available, visit this page.

Landmark Attractions

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust. It is located in Esperanza, Vieques. A non-profit organization that works to preserve the archaeological, physical, and ecological history of Vieques, guests are welcome to stop by any of their properties or visit the museum gift shop.

Additionally, if the functional aspects of maritime life interest you, you should think about visiting Punta Mulas Lighthouse. First lit in 1896, the Punta Mulas Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse on the island of Vieques. The lighthouse was built to guide sailors though the difficult to navigate through reef system that surrounds the island, and it one of two located there.

Fortín Conde De Mirasol: Guests who want to learn more about the island and the fort will want to head to Fortin Conde de Mirasol and explore the museum that it now holds. Of course, you can simply choose to explore the fort from the outside.

That's not all -- you'll find plenty of other options as well. Click on this link to read our discussion of other sites worth visiting on the island.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Vieques National Wildlife Refugee

Do you like spending time out in the fresh air? You may be happy to find out that the island has a few interesting nature preserves on it.

Vieques National Wildlife Refugee is a nature preserve located within 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

Guests can visit the local 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 idea is to go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Vieques are summarized here:

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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