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.

Situated near the heart of the island of Vieques, El Gallito is on the West-Northwest coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying nearby. El Gallito may be one of the few active beaches in Puerto Rico that's usually not over-crowded. If you want to avoid Puerto Rico's highly secluded beaches, but don't want to compete with other beachgoers for a spot, this beach has the best of bost worlds.

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, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the West-Northwest coast of Vieques. Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of the attractions in the region.

Historical attractions such as Fortín Conde De Mirasol offer the perfect compliment to an afternoon at El Gallito, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Puerto Rico's past, without venturing too far from the coast. As a matter of fact, this shoreline is only a brief walk or taxi ride away from this place of historical significance.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

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

The town of Vieques Town is close-by and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, Vieques Town is a quick trip away, maybe two miles (three and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Those trying to find a hotel room near the beach won't have a tough time, as there is no shortage of accommodations to choose from in the surrounding area. Find the closest, most convenient lodging options by viewing what's listed below.

Accommodations near El Gallito
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Martineau Bay Resort And Spa 0.2 mi. E Resort
W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island -- -- Resort
Crow's Nest 1.1 mi. SE Hotel
The Great Escape 1.6 mi. S B & B
La Finca Caribe Guest House and Cottages 2.1 mi. SW Lodge
Vieques Ocean View Hotel 2.1 mi. E Hotel
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


If during your visit you start getting hungry, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you won't have to look too far away. Sorcé is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers a menu of Creole food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.

Nearby restaurants are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near El Gallito
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sorcé (787) 741-7022 Creole Informal 0.2 mi. E
WET (787) 741-4100 Eclectic Very Casual 0.2 mi. E
Chicken King and Ice Cream (787) 741-5464 American Very Casual 1.2 mi. E
Next Course (787) 741-1028 Fusion -- 1.4 mi. S
Noche (787) 741-7700 -- -- 1.8 mi. S
Tin Box (787) 741-7700 -- -- 1.9 mi. S
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

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides El Gallito on Vieques.

Vacationers may also want to visit Esperanza Beach, which is located fairly close-by, which means a short ride in a taxi should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

You may find that El Gallito is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, Puerto Rico offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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