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.

Positioned on the island of Vieques, Garcia Beach is on the South coast of the island, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying very close.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Travelers will find Garcia Beach on the South coast of Vieques. It is close to Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, which is found less than a mile to the south-southwest, and it is one of a number of the area's interesting attractions.

If you want to learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. The nearest historical attraction is Fortín Conde De Mirasol, which is only a short taxi ride away.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

Vieques Town is the closest town and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the beach, Vieques Town is just up the road, roughly three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Since this beach is located in a relatively popular tourist destination, it shouldn't be that tough to find a hotel close-by that's to your taste. If you and your party are looking to find a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table lists the closest accommodations 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
Arabor Suites 3.7 mi. NNW Hotel
Casa La Lanchita 3.7 mi. NNW Hotel
Bravo Beach Hotel 3.7 mi. NNW Hotel

Food

When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is Sol Food. The restaurant serves both Creole and International dishes on the menu.

Some nearby restaurant options are listed in the following table.

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

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach on Vieques will have lots of options besides Garcia Beach.

You may also want to consider Esperanza Beach, located three and a half miles away.

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

 

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