Pata Prieta

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Really only frequented by those looking to escape all forms of crowds, Pata Prieta's secluded shores are perfect for anyone hoping for privacy and quiet. This does not mean that one cannot have fun here, the long beach and gentle waters are great for exploring, with the forest rich in plant and wildlife, and the sea full of aquatic life.

Located toward the center of the island of Vieques, Pata Prieta is on the Southeast coast of the island, You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying nearby.

How to Access The Beach

While drivers will be able to park decently close to Pata Prieta, they will still have to take a hike through the woods to get there. A popular alternative is to skip the forest and take a boat right into the bay. If you do decide to travel by land, you will need to cut through the national forest. Luckily signs in the park will lead you right to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Those visiting the beach are likely to find a large stone here and there, but for the most part the beach is clear of any hazards or debris. Rather, the long arcing beach is simply a quiet, safe, and sunny place to enjoy the day.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your gear if you want to see the underwater world.

Pata Prieta offers visitors an idyllic and tranquil escape, since the surrounding area is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the Southeast coast of Vieques. It is near some interesting sites like Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is among the favorite local destinations.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust (found five miles to the west) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new side of Puerto Rico's history.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Pata Prieta
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.8 SW Vieques
Fortín Conde De Mirasol Historical Site 3.6 NW Vieques
Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.8 NW Vieques
Punta Mulas Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.1 NW Vieques
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum 4.9 W Vieques

Cities and Towns

Pata Prieta is near Vieques Town, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The closest town is Vieques Town, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the beach, Vieques Town isn't far off, about three and a half miles (six kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see visitors from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Since this beach is situated in a pretty popular vacation destination, it is not usually a great challenge to find just the right type of hotel close-by. If you're wanting to get a place that's near the water, the table below lists the accommodation options closest to Pata Prieta.

Accommodations near Pata Prieta
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hector's by the Sea -- -- B & B
Seagate Hotel 3.3 mi. NW Hotel
Hix Island House -- -- Lodge
Casa De Amistad 3.7 mi. NW Hotel
Vieques Ocean View Hotel 3.9 mi. NW Hotel
Arabor Suites 3.9 mi. NW Hotel
Casa La Lanchita 4.0 mi. NW Hotel
Bravo Beach Hotel 4.1 mi. NW Hotel
Crow's Nest 4.3 mi. WNW Hotel
The Great Escape 4.5 mi. W B & B


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest restaurants is Sol Food. This restaurant serves both Creole and International cuisines.

Nearby restaurants are shown below.

Restaurants near Pata Prieta
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sol Food -- Creole, International Very Casual 2.5 mi. W
Bieke's Bistro (787) 741-6381 Argentenian, Caribbean -- 3.6 mi. NW
El Patio Restaurant (787) 741-6381 Creole Very Casual 3.6 mi. NW
Deli La Viequense (787) 741-8213 International Very Casual 3.6 mi. NW
Sabores Restaurant (787) 741-7000 Creole Informal 3.7 mi. NW
Yerbabuena Y Mas Health Food Store (787) 567-4158 -- -- 3.7 mi. NW
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

There are multiple beaches to discover on Vieques, of course, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Another option worth considering is Esperanza Beach, located five miles to the west.

There's plenty to see and do in Puerto Rico, and Pata Prieta is just one of the many options.


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