The trek to Bahia Salinas is a strenuous one, but the pay-off is a nearly always unoccupied beach that truly makes visitors feel as though they have stumbled upon their own private island.
Located on the eastern coast of the island of Vieques, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Bahia Salinas stands out from other beaches because it's one of the best spots for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches you'll come across in Puerto Rico may provide just as many amenities as Bahia Salinas, but are usually busier since they're found in the most popular parts of town.
To access Bahia Salinas, you must hike through the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge. Pick up a map at the visitors center, and follow it through the dry forest and salt flats to the beach.
On the north coast of Vieques, in Cabo Rojo, Bahia Salinas is a tan-colored sweep of sand with warm, calm deep blue waters. Off in the distance is a view of a lighthouse.
Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so grab some gear if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.
If you usually choose beaches that grant a relaxing environment, then you may want to try Bahia Salinas; it is back in a more rural part of Vieques.
This spot is on the East coast of Vieques; it's located near attractions like, which is just a cab ride away.
If you want to combine a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust. This museum is located within the range of a cab, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.
If you can't wait to see as many of Puerto Rico's attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.
|Fortín Conde De Mirasol||Historical Site||9.4||W||Vieques|
|Punta Mulas Lighthouse||Lighthouse||9.7||W||Vieques|
|Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust||Museum||12.1||W||Vieques|
Bahia Salinas is close to, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Vieques Town is the closest city and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the shore, Vieques Town is a car ride off, about nine and a half miles (15 and a half kilometers) away.
The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The area does not have very many large hotels, but you may encounter guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.
Beach-goers will find a nice range of hotel booking options to pick from in the area around Bahia Salinas. The most convenient of which can be viewed in the table below.
|Hector's by the Sea||9.0||W||B & B|
You might not find any places to eat in the vicinity of this shore, so you might want to plan a picnic if you want to fully enjoy your day in the sun.
There are multiple beaches to discover on Vieques, of course, so perhaps you can explore more than one.
You might also enjoy Naguabo Beach, found 28 miles away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Bahia Icacos offers more action, and is closer to nearby attractions. It's located a quarter mile to the west.
You might also want to visit El Gallito, located 11 and a half miles to the west.
While Puerto Rico has many alluring attractions, Bahia Salinas is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.
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