Bahia Tapon Beach

Resembling more a large sandbar than a beach, Bahia Tapon's sands protects a large cove that is full of rocky bottoms and diverse wildlife on one side, and takes the blunt force of the open sea on the other. This unfortunately does not make it good for water sports, though anyone who appreciated natural beauty is sure to enjoy the views.

Located on the island of Vieques, Bahia Tapon Beach is on the South edge of the island, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Couples and families who want to have more of the beach to themselves should check out Bahia Tapon Beach, a pretty, but less popular part of the coast.

How to Access The Beach

You will have to travel within the national forest, heading down its airport road, and turning right (South) as if heading towards the more popular Garcia Beach. As you head south, the road splits. If you take the left road, you will end up at the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unlike many cove beaches, the beach at Bahia Tapon is in the front of the cove, getting the full force of the waves, and in turn protecting the rest of the cove. This means the beach is often the resting place of driftwood and other debris caught in the ocean. Still, the surrounding forest and shallow cove give the beach a peaceful and natural appearance.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the South coast of Vieques; it's located near attractions like Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, which is one and a quarter miles to the south west.

If you want to mix a little culture with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, a lovely museum found four and a half miles to the west, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Bahia Tapon Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.3 SW Vieques
Fortín Conde De Mirasol Historical Site 3.4 NW Vieques
Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.7 NW Vieques
Punta Mulas Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.0 NW Vieques
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum 4.4 W Vieques

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Vieques Town, a town which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the shore, Vieques Town is not far away, roughly three and a half miles (six kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's often visited by guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Those seeking a place to stay not far from the beach won't have a difficult time, as there are plenty of hotels to pick from in the immediate vicinity. You will find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over what's shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Bahia Tapon Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hector's by the Sea -- -- B & B
Seagate Hotel 3.2 mi. NW Hotel
Hix Island House -- -- Lodge
Casa De Amistad 3.6 mi. NW Hotel
Vieques Ocean View Hotel 3.7 mi. NW Hotel
Arabor Suites 3.9 mi. NNW Hotel
Casa La Lanchita 4.0 mi. NW Hotel
Crow's Nest 4.0 mi. WNW Hotel
Bravo Beach Hotel 4.0 mi. NW Hotel
The Great Escape 4.1 mi. W B & B


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest places to eat is Sol Food. The restaurant has both Creole and International dishes on the menu.

Nearby restaurant options are shown below.

Restaurants near Bahia Tapon Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sol Food -- Creole, International Very Casual 2.2 mi. WNW
Bieke's Bistro (787) 741-6381 Argentenian, Caribbean -- 3.5 mi. NW
El Patio Restaurant (787) 741-6381 Creole Very Casual 3.5 mi. NW
Deli La Viequense (787) 741-8213 International Very Casual 3.5 mi. NW
Sabores Restaurant (787) 741-7000 Creole Informal 3.6 mi. NW
Yerbabuena Y Mas Health Food Store (787) 567-4158 -- -- 3.6 mi. NW
Arena Mar Sunbays Cafe (787) 741-0200 International Very Casual -- --
El Quenepo (787) 741-1215 Spanish Fine Dining -- --
Hacienda Tropico (787) 741-4000 -- -- -- --
La Central (787) 741-1457 -- -- -- --
Mucho Gusto Restaurant (787) 741-3300 Creole Informal -- --
Posada Vista Mar Restaurant (787) 741-5052 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Vieques besides Bahia Tapon Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Naguabo Beach, situated 21 and a half miles to the west. Others might prefer Caracas Beach, which offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's located a quarter mile to the west.

You may also enjoy Esperanza Beach, which is located four and a half miles to the west.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Puerto Rico, so visiting Bahia Tapon Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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