Green Beach

Punta Arenas, also known as Green Beach, is a part of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. It is located on the island of Vieques and runs from the north west tip down the east side. This beach has waters that wash in from both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, making the area where these two waterways meet dangerous for swimmers. Sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, boating, and bird watching are all popular pastimes at Punta Arenas.

Positioned on the western side of the island of Vieques, You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just beautiful, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches in Puerto Rico. While Green Beach may be a little farther away, it offers unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

How to Access The Beach

Access Punta Arenas by taking Route 22 west onto the Old Navy Base and through to a dirt road. Take a right at the fork and continue on across two bridges. The road dead ends at a T, giving you the option to go right or left. Both lead to different sections of Punta Arenas.

Amenities and Ambiance

Punta Arenas is comprised of a series of disconnected sandy areas of white sand separated and lined by brush and palm trees. The water to the north, which comes from the Atlantic Ocean is rough and a darker navy blue, while the waters to the east come from the Caribbean Sea and are much more calm and turquoise in hue. From the shore, visitors can look out into the water and not only view the sail boats that dot the horizon, but the coast of the main island of Puerto Rico.

If you're thinking about eating lunch here, consider that their picnic tables make it even easier.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so bring your equipment if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

A lesser known beach, Green Beach and its available amenities are a popular choice for travelers hoping to spend some time away from the crowded shores, since it is found within a quiet region. And as such, the availability of certain amenities shouldn't be negatively affected.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Green Beach on the West coast of Vieques; the area is home to other attractions such as Abandoned Bunkers, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Esperanza Archaeological Museum (one of the closest to Green Beach) offer a fun learning experience and a new way to experience Puerto Rico's culture.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Green Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Abandoned Bunkers Historical Site 2.8 ESE Vieques
Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques Historical Site 4.1 ESE Vieques
Esperanza Archaeological Museum Museum 5.5 E Vieques
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum 7.0 E Vieques
Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 9.0 E Vieques

Cities and Towns

Green Beach is close to Vieques Town, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Vieques Town is nearby and is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the beach, Vieques Town is about nine miles (14 and a half kilometers) away.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may see visitors from smaller lodgings in the area.

Visitors hoping to find a place to stay close to the beach won't find it very difficult, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from in the immediate vicinity. You'll find the closest booking options by perusing what's listed below.

Accommodations near Green Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
La Finca Caribe Guest House and Cottages 5.4 E Lodge
Hacienda Tamarindo 6.1 E Hotel
Inn On The Blue Horizon 6.2 E Hotel


You might not find any places to eat close to this location, so you might want to plan a picnic for your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Green Beach.

You might also enjoy Naguabo Beach, located ten and a half miles away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Mosquito Beach Pier may be just what you're looking for. It's found four and a half miles to the east.

You may also want to consider El Gallito, which is located seven miles away.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Puerto Rico, but a trip to Green Beach could end up a family favorite.


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