Garcia Beach

This beautiful beach is tucked away in the national forest and is hard to reach by anyone other than boaters or hikers. However, for those who do make it to Garcia Beach, there awaits a gentle cove with nearly perfect water that encompasses wonderful sea life and even a small cay-island in the middle of the cove.

Located near the center of the island of Vieques, Garcia Beach is on the South coast of the island, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity.

How to Access The Beach
Those trying to reach Garcia Beach will be in for a challenge. The beach is located at the far end of the large national forest on Vieques, and land travelers will have to brace for a long journey through the woods (which can get very hot during the summer). Boaters will have a bit more ease though, as the gentle cove is great for dropping anchor.

Amenities and Ambiance

Once you pass the dense forest, you will quickly forget the dark and woody park, as the bright and clean beach is described in nothing less than paradise. With plenty to explore on both land and sea, visitors will be able to find everything from rocky cliffs to open fields, and long sandy seafloors to populated corals.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the South coast of Vieques. It is close to Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, which is located less than a mile to the south-southwest, and it is one of a few the area's interesting attractions.

If you want to mix some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust. This museum is located four miles away, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Garcia Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.9 mi. SSW Vieques
Fortín Conde De Mirasol Historical Site 3.1 mi. NNW Vieques
Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.4 mi. NW Vieques
Punta Mulas Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.7 mi. NNW Vieques
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum 3.8 mi. W Vieques
Esperanza Archaeological Museum Museum 5.3 mi. W Vieques
Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques Historical Site 6.8 mi. W Vieques
Abandoned Bunkers Historical Site 7.9 mi. W Vieques

Cities and Towns

The town of Isabel Segunda is close-by and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the beach, Isabel Segunda is a quick trip away, about three and a half miles (five 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. Garcia Beach is not located near many major hotels, but you may encounter guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Since the beach is situated in a relatively touristed area, it typically isn't very tough to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you are wanting to find a place that's near the beach, the table that follows lists the accommodations closest to Garcia Beach.

Accommodations near Garcia Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hector's by the Sea -- -- B & B
Seagate Hotel 3.0 mi. NNW Hotel
Hix Island House -- -- Lodge
Casa De Amistad 3.3 mi. NNW Hotel
Crow's Nest 3.4 mi. WNW Hotel
Vieques Ocean View Hotel 3.4 mi. NW Hotel
The Great Escape 3.5 mi. W B & B
Ababor Suites 3.7 mi. NNW Hotel
Casa La Lanchita 3.7 mi. NNW Hotel
Bravo Beach Hotel 3.7 mi. NNW Hotel

Food

Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into Puerto Rico's specialty dishes, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is Sol Food. The restaurant offers both Creole and International dishes on the menu.

The table below lists restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Garcia Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sol Food -- Creole, International Very Casual 1.7 mi. NW
Bieke's Bistro (787) 741-6381 Argentenian, Caribbean -- 3.1 mi. NNW
El Patio Restaurant (787) 741-6381 Creole Very Casual 3.2 mi. NNW
Deli La Viequense (787) 741-8213 International Very Casual 3.2 mi. NNW
Sabores Restaurant (787) 741-7000 Creole Informal 3.2 mi. NNW
Yerbabuena Y Mas Health Food Store (787) 567-4158 -- -- 3.3 mi. NNW
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

There are multiple beaches to discover on Vieques, of course, and Garcia Beach is just one option.

Another option worth considering is Esperanza Beach, which is located reasonably close-by, which means a short ride in a taxi can take you where you want to go.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Puerto Rico, and Garcia Beach is just one of the many options.

 

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