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.
There are several beaches to consider on the island. Snorkeling is an option at some locations, for visitors who are so inclined. Click on the name of the beach for a detailed article concerning that beach.
One beach with snorkeling 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 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: Punta Arenas is comprised of a series of disconnected sandy areas of white sand separated and lined by brush and palm trees. The water to the north, which comes from the Atlantic Ocean is rough and a darker navy blue, while the waters to the east come from the Caribbean Sea and are much more calm and turquoise in hue.
Luckily, you will find plenty of additional choices for beaches on the island. If interested, you can find more details on this page.
A landmark worth visiting is Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust. It is situated 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 more functional aspects of life by the sea interest you, you might enjoy a visit to 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: 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.
The island offers plenty of additional places to see. Navigate here to view our article about other interesting places to visit on the island.
Do you hope to enjoy more of your vacation outdoors? You might be pleased to know the island has a few interesting nature preserves on it.
Vieques National Wildlife Refugee is a nature preserve found within central Vieques. Established between 2001 and 2003, the Vieques National Wildelife Refugee is over 17,000 acres of protect subtropical dry forest an wetlands where many endangered species and migratory birds make their homes.
|Vieques National Wildlife Refugee||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Central Vieques||Vieques|
Visitors can spend some time in the local park on Vieques.
|Park||1.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Barriada Monte Santo||Vieques|
Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these on Vieques are provided in the following chart.
|Bay||9.0 mi. East of Central Vieques Town|
|Bay||11.9 mi. South of Central Culebra Pueblo|
|Bay||9.2 mi. East of Central Vieques Town|
|Bay||9.5 mi. East of Central Vieques Town|
|Bay||5.8 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo|
|Bay||1.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Esperanza|
|Lagoon||5.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central Barriada Monte Santo|
|Lagoon||10.1 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo|
|Lagoon||6.4 mi. West of Central Esperanza|
|Lagoon||5.8 mi. West of Central Esperanza|
|Lagoon||5.7 mi. West of Central Esperanza|
|Lagoon||8.0 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo|
|Lagoon||5.9 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo|
|Lagoon||2.8 mi. West of Central Esperanza|
|Lagoon||7.8 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo|
|Lagoon||5.2 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo|
|Mosquito Bay||Bay||1.6 mi. East of Central Esperanza|
|Bay||8.0 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo|
|Bay||6.2 mi. East of Central Barriada Monte Santo|
|Bay||0.6 mi. South West of Central Esperanza|
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