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.

Located on the island of Vieques, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just beautiful, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches in Puerto Rico. While Green Beach may be a little more trouble to reach, it provides a rare chance to escape crowds of tourists.

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.

Enjoy the use of picnic tables——a perk even for those who don't want to dine here.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

the immediate vicinity around Green Beach is not exactly a tourism capital. Taking that into consideration, it won't matter the time you visit, as there's no big chance that you be required to handle other visitors who will also want access to the conveniences that are available.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Green Beach on the West coast of Vieques. It is near some interesting sites like Abandoned Bunkers, which is among the attractions in the area.

If you want to combine some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Esperanza Archaeological Museum, one of the closest museums, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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 near Isabel Segunda, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The closest town is Isabel Segunda, which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From Green Beach, Isabel Segunda isn't out of reach at nine miles (14 and a half kilometers) away.


How many other people you encounter at Green Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. This spot is not near many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Visitors seeking a place to stay close to the beach won't have a tough time, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to choose from in the area. You will find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by perusing those shown in the following table.

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 run into any places to grab a bit to eat right on this coast, so you may choose to plan a picnic if you want to fully enjoy your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Vieques has many nice beaches, and Green Beach is just one option.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Naguabo Beach, found ten and a half miles to the west-northwest. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, Mosquito Beach Pier may be just what you're looking for. It's located four and a half miles to the east.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is El Gallito, which is located just a cab ride away.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Puerto Rico, and paying a visit to Green Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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