El Gallito

Sitting just outside some of the most tourist friendly areas on Vieques, the convenient Gallito Beach is easy to reach while still being free of major crowds. Anyone looking for a quick getaway and a beach more relaxed is sure to find El Gallito a good match.

Located near the middle of the island of Vieques, El Gallito is on the West-Northwest coast of the island, You might want regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Vacationers who want a somewhat serene and secluded beach, that's also not too far from the town's amenities might enjoy stopping by El Gallito for a few hours. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, but it also doesn't completely lack a social atmosphere.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is located right off the major road PR-200, and right next to the W Retreat and Spa, one of the most famous tourist spots on the island. While it is easy to find it is also easy to miss, as there is no sign to let you know you are there. So once you pass the W Retreat heading West, be ready to head off the main road.

Amenities and Ambiance

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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This beach is positioned on the West-Northwest coast of Vieques; it will be near other attractions like Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery, which is only a short distance away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

Some may think that beaches and museums are an odd combination, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust (positioned three miles to the south) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a new way to experience Puerto Rico's culture.

If you aren't sure whether a visit to El Gallito isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near El Gallito
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 2.1 mi. E Vieques
Punta Mulas Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.2 mi. ENE Vieques
Fortín Conde De Mirasol Historical Site 2.3 mi. E Vieques
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum 3.2 mi. S Vieques
Esperanza Archaeological Museum Museum 3.5 mi. SSW Vieques
Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques Historical Site 4.4 mi. SW Vieques
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.6 mi. SE Vieques
Abandoned Bunkers Historical Site 4.9 mi. SW Vieques

Cities and Towns

El Gallito is near Isabel Segunda, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Isabel Segunda is nearby and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the coast, Isabel Segunda isn't far off, maybe two miles (three and a half kilometers).

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Vacationers seeking a place to stay not far from the beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to pick from in the area. You will find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by perusing what's listed in the following table.

Accommodations near El Gallito
Hotel Distance Direction Type
W Retreat 0.8 mi. E Villa complex
The Great Escape 1.6 mi. S B & B
La Finca Caribe Guest House and Cottages 2.1 mi. SW Lodge
Hix Island House -- -- Lodge
Casa De Amistad 2.2 mi. E Hotel
Bravo Beach Hotel 2.3 mi. ENE Hotel
Casa La Lanchita 2.5 mi. ENE Hotel
Hector's by the Sea -- -- B & B
Ababor Suites 2.8 mi. ENE Hotel
Seagate Hotel 2.8 mi. E Hotel

Food

It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at El Gallito; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is Tin Box.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near El Gallito
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Tin Box (787) 435-6064 -- -- 1.9 mi. S
Arena Mar Sunbays Cafe (787) 741-0200 International Very Casual -- --
La Central (787) 741-1457 -- -- -- --
Roy's Coffee Lounge (787) 741-0685 American Very Casual -- --
Williams Pizza Vieques (787) 741-8396 Italian -- -- --
El Yate Bar and Restaurant (787) 741-4191 Creole Very Casual 2.2 mi. ENE
Bieke's Bistro (787) 556-6855 Argentenian, Caribbean -- 2.2 mi. E
Deli La Viequense (787) 741-8213 International Very Casual 2.2 mi. E
Taverna (787) 438-1100 Italian Very Casual 2.3 mi. E
Chez Shack (787) 435-6064 International Very Casual 2.4 mi. SW
Trade Winds Restaurant (787) 672-9927 International Informal 3.2 mi. S
Duffy's (787) 435-6585 American, Caribbean Very Casual 3.2 mi. S

Other Beaches

Travelers looking for a beach that's right for them will have other options if El Gallito doesn't suit their tastes.

You may also want to consider Esperanza Beach, which is located reasonably close-by, which means a quick cab ride should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, a trip to El Gallito could end up a family favorite.

 

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