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 will find an abundance of beaches to choose from on the island. Snorkeling is available at some locations, for people who are so inclined. You can click on the name of the beach for a detailed article concerning that part of the coast.

One beach where snorkeling is a popular 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.

Another top pick for those who enjoy snorkeling is Esperanza Beach. Set on the south side of Isla de Vieques in El Malecón is a favorite beach amongst locals with families: Playa Esperanza. The each is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as holidays, and it available for all to use at no fee.

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.

These examples are merely a few of your options. You can learn more here.

Landmark Attractions

A landmark worth visiting is Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust. It is located in Esperanza, Vieques. The Vieques Trust manages several facilities around the island including the History and Culture Museum, Marine Life Exhibit, William and Mary Littleford Pavillion, Baker BioBay Room, and VCHT Garden.

Additionally, if the more functional aspects of living by the sea intrigue you, you might want to visit 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: 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 be able to find other choices. For a more comprehensive look at other sites worth visiting this topic, visit this article about other interesting landmarks on Vieques.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Vieques National Wildlife Refugee

Do you like being out in the fresh air? You might be happy to find out that the island has some nature preserves on it.

Vieques National Wildlife Refugee is a popular nature preserve found 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

Vacationers can experience 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 interesting area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Vieques can be seen 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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