Mosquito Beach Pier

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.

Set near the heart of the island of Vieques, Mosquito Beach Pier is on the West coast of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying very close. If you plan to sunbathe or take a nap on a fairly secluded beach, you should consider going off the beaten path to Mosquito Beach Pier.

How to Access The Beach
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.

Amenities and Ambiance

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.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Mosquito Beach Pier provides a quiet and relaxing haven, due to the fact that the region surrounding the beach is away from most urbanization.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Mosquito Beach Pier is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the West coast of Vieques; this area boasts other attractions such as Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you want to combine culture with your visit 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.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Mosquito Beach Pier
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques Historical Site 2.7 S Vieques
Esperanza Archaeological Museum Museum 2.8 SSE Vieques
Abandoned Bunkers Historical Site 2.8 SW Vieques
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum 3.5 SE Vieques
Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 4.5 E Vieques

Cities and Towns

Mosquito Beach Pier is very close to Isabel Segunda, so walking the city is a definite option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Isabel Segunda, which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the shore, Isabel Segunda is just up the road, maybe four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but you may encounter guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a fairly touristed area, it shouldn't be much of a challenge to find the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you're wanting to find a place that's on or near the water, the following table shows the options closest to Mosquito Beach Pier.

Accommodations near Mosquito Beach Pier
Hotel Distance Direction Type
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
Casa de Tortuga 3.4 mi. SE Guest house
Esperanza Inn 3.4 mi. SE Hotel

Food

When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is Chez Shack. This restaurant offers a menu of International cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood.

Nearby restaurant options are listed below.

Restaurants near Mosquito Beach Pier
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
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
Noche (787) 741-7700 -- -- 2.7 mi. ESE
Next Course (787) 741-1028 Fusion -- 2.8 mi. E
Tin Box (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
Tito Bloque (787) 741-2142 Creole Very Casual -- --
Trade Winds Restaurant (787) 741-8666 International Informal 3.4 mi. SE
La Dulce Esperanza (787) 741-0085 International Very Casual -- --
Chicken King and Ice Cream (787) 741-5464 American Very Casual 3.5 mi. E

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches on Vieques besides Mosquito Beach Pier worth visiting.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Naguabo Beach, located 14 and a half miles to the west. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might find that Playa Grande is just right. It's located three miles to the south.

Another location you may want to try is El Gallito, which is located two and a half miles to the east.

Mosquito Beach Pier could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.

 

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