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 on the island of Vieques, El Gallito is on the West-Northwest coast of the island, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Although El Gallito is not the most hidden spot in Puerto Rico, it offers just enough privacy to attract small crowds.

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Beachgoers will find El Gallito on the West-Northwest coast of Vieques. Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery is within a distance that tourists could probably walk or take a cab to, and it is among the attractions close-by.

Historical attractions such as Fortín Conde De Mirasol offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of El Gallito, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Puerto Rico, without having to stray too far from the beach. As a matter of fact, this shore is only a walk or a short cab ride from this site of historical significance.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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 walking the city is a definite option. The city of Isabel Segunda is close-by and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the coast, Isabel Segunda is a quick trip away, roughly 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 typically expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Vacationers hoping to find a hotel room near the beach shouldn't find it that difficult, as there are plenty of hotels to choose from in the immediate vicinity. You'll find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by perusing those shown in the table 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

Food

If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest restaurants is Sorcé. The restaurant serves Creole cuisine. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby dining options are shown 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

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Vieques besides El Gallito.

You may also enjoy Esperanza Beach, which is located three and a half miles away.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Puerto Rico, but El Gallito is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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