Beaches on Vieques

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The beaches of Vieques are known for their peaceful nature.  They are hardly every crowded and even when there are other people around the vibe tends to be extremely relaxed.  Some of the island's beaches are a part of the Vieques Fish and Wildlife Refuge, while nearly all feature sleek shores of soft white sand and calm, blindingly blue waters.  If you're looking to experience something a little out of the ordinary, there are a few of black volcanic sand.  While most beaches on the island are open to the public every day of the year, some are closed for clean up from waste.  These beaches are clearly marked and visitors should not attempt to gain access.  

Beach Choices In The Area

You'll discover an abundance of beaches to choose from on the island. Snorkeling is an option at some of the beaches, for people who enjoy the underwater scene. You can click on the name of each beach for detailed information about that particular location.

Pata Prieta

A local beach that's good for snorkeling is 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.

Another good choice for snorkeling fans is El Gallito. While the beach is bordered by rocky cliffs, the sand itself tends to be soft and clean, perfect for laying out in the sun. While you will have no problem swimming, the water can be a bit more rough here at times than at other beaches, so families will need to show some caution.

Mosquito Beach Pier: Jutting out for a mile into the north shore of Vieques is Mosquito Pier, or Rompeolas. The pier splits that area of coast into two separate beaches, Playa Bladin and Playa La Peña.

The table directly below provides some details concerning the beaches available on the island.

Beaches On Vieques
Name Location Coast
Bahia Fanduca 7.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Isabel Segunda East
Bahia Icacos 9.3 mi. East of Central Isabel Segunda East
Bahia Jalova 7.2 mi. East of Central Isabel Segunda East
Bahia Salinas 9.6 mi. East of Central Isabel Segunda East
Bahia Tapon Beach Central Vieques South
Bahia Yoye 7.0 mi. East of Central Isabel Segunda East
Caracas Beach Central Vieques South East
El Gallito 2.2 mi. West of Central Isabel Segunda West-Northwest
Esperanza Beach 4.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central Isabel Segunda South West
Garcia Beach Central Vieques South
Green Beach 9.9 mi. West of Central Vieques West
La Chiva Central Vieques South East
Laguna Algodones Beach 4.4 mi. East of Central Isabel Segunda North East
Laguna Matias Beach 7.0 mi. East of Central Vieques East
Media Luna Beach 4.0 mi. South of Central Isabel Segunda South West
Mosquito Beach Pier 4.5 mi. West of Central Isabel Segunda West
Navio Beach 3.9 mi. South of Central Isabel Segunda South West
Pata Prieta Central Vieques Southeast
Playa Branca 9.6 mi. East of Central Vieques East
Playa Grande 5.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Vieques South West
Playa Negra 1.1 mi. West of Central Esperanza West-Southwest
Puerto Diablo 6.3 mi. East of Central Vieques East
Puerto Ferro Playita 3.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Isabel Segunda South
Secret Beach Central Vieques East
Sun Bay Beach 3.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central Isabel Segunda South West

Of course, you'll be able to find other types of attractions. Take advantage of this extended discussion dedicated to even more attractions if you want to find some more facts.

 

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