Jutting out for a mile into the north shore of Vieques is Mosquito Pier, or Rompeolas. The pier splits that area of coast into two separate beaches, Playa Bladin and Playa La Peña. What began as a project by the U.S. Navy in 1941 to create a sea wall connecting Vieques to the main island of Puerto Rico is now just a popular spot for fishing, swimming, and snorkeling.
Located on the island of Vieques, Mosquito Beach Pier is on the West edge of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying very close. Couples and families who want to have more of the beach to themselves should consider going off the beaten path to Mosquito Beach Pier.
A side road off Highway 200 leads directly to Mosquito Pier. To access the beaches on either side, take the dirt roads that lead to the sand.
The beaches on either side of Mosquito Pier both enjoy powder soft tan colored tan sand and stunning turquoise waters. From the pier you can see the thick greenery that lines the beaches, and note the lack of development. To the right of Mosquito Pier of Playa La Peña, which offers rolling waters that are great for body surfing and slightly stronger swimmers, while to the left is Playa Blaydin, which has clearer, more calm waters that is great for kids and snorkelers.
Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.
Mosquito Beach Pier offers those who visit a quiet and serene escape, as the surrounding region is positioned apart from more urban areas.
The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the West coast of Vieques. It's located near, which is one of a few attractions close-by.
If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to, one of the closest museums, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.
If a visit to the Mosquito Beach Pier isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.
|Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust||Museum||3.5||SE||Vieques|
Mosquito Beach Pier is very close to, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. The nearby town of Vieques Town is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the shore, Vieques Town is a fairly short distance away, about four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).
The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Mosquito Beach Pier is not located near many major hotels, but you may see guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.
Since the beach is situated in a pretty popular tourist destination, it usually isn't all that difficult to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you and your group are looking to book a place that's on or near the beach, the table below lists the options closest to Mosquito Beach Pier.
|La Finca Caribe Guest House and Cottages||1.4 mi.||SE||Lodge|
|Martineau Bay Resort And Spa||2.6 mi.||E||Resort|
|Hacienda Tamarindo||2.8 mi.||SE||Hotel|
|The Great Escape||2.9 mi.||ESE||B & B|
|Inn On The Blue Horizon||3.0 mi.||SE||Hotel|
|Crow's Nest||3.1 mi.||E||Hotel|
|Villa Coral Guesthouse||3.1 mi.||SE||Guest house|
|W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island||--||--||Resort|
|3.4 mi.||SE||Guest house|
|Esperanza Inn||3.4 mi.||SE||Hotel|
If during your visit you start getting hungry, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the nearest places to eat is Chez Shack. The restaurant has International food. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood.
The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.
|Chez Shack||(787) 741-2175||International||Very Casual||1.7 mi.||SE|
|Sorcé||(787) 741-7022||Creole||Informal||2.6 mi.||E|
|WET||(787) 741-4100||Eclectic||Very Casual||2.6 mi.||E|
|(787) 741-7700||--||--||2.7 mi.||ESE|
|(787) 741-1028||Fusion||--||2.8 mi.||E|
|(787) 741-7700||--||--||2.8 mi.||ESE|
|Carambola Island Restaurant||(787) 741-3318||Caribbean, Fusion||Informal||3.0 mi.||SE|
|Blue Moon Bar & Grill||(787) 741-3318||American, Creole||Informal||3.0 mi.||SE|
|(787) 741-2142||Creole||Very Casual||--||--|
|Trade Winds Restaurant||(787) 741-8666||International||Informal||3.4 mi.||SE|
|(787) 741-0085||International||Very Casual||--||--|
|(787) 741-5464||American||Very Casual||3.5 mi.||E|
Mosquito Beach Pier is just one of many beaches you can visit on Vieques.
You might also enjoy Naguabo Beach, located 14 and a half miles away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Playa Grande offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. It's found three miles to the south.
Another option worth considering is El Gallito, which is located two and a half miles to the east.
Puerto Rico offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, so visiting Mosquito Beach Pier is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.
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