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.

Set just outside the heart of the island of Vieques, El Gallito is on the West-Northwest edge of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying nearby. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of Puerto Rico's beaches, but at El Gallito, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Beachgoers will find El Gallito on the West-Northwest coast of Vieques; it will be near other attractions like Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery, which is pretty close, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust (found well within taxi range) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new side of Puerto Rico's history.

If a visit to the El Gallito isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

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 close to Isabel Segunda, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Isabel Segunda, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From El Gallito, Isabel Segunda is a quick trip away, about two miles (three and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Because this beach is in a relatively popular vacation area, it is not usually that tough to find a hotel nearby that suits you tastes. For vacationers looking to book a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table shows the options closest to El Gallito.

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

Food

It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at El Gallito; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is Sorcé. The restaurant serves Creole cuisine. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table lists places to eat near this beach.

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

Vieques has several beautiful beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You might also want to visit Esperanza Beach, which is located not a great distance away, meaning a short ride in a taxi is a solid choice.

Puerto Rico has a lot to offer its visitors, but a trip to El Gallito could end up a family favorite.

 

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