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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Vieques National Wildlife Refugee||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||Central Vieques||Vieques|
Travelers can enjoy a park on Vieques.
|Park||1.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Barriada Monte Santo||Vieques|
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.
|Bay||9.0 mi. East of Central Isabel Segunda|
|Bay||12.0 mi. South of Central Culebra Pueblo|
|Bay||9.2 mi. East of Central Isabel Segunda|
|Bay||9.5 mi. East of Central Isabel Segunda|
|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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