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 on the island of Vieques, Pata Prieta is on the Southeast edge of the island, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity.

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. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

If you usually choose beaches which provide an angelic haven, then think about trying out Pata Prieta; it's tucked away in a less urban section of the region.

What's Nearby


Found on the Southeast coast of Vieques; it's located near attractions like Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

History-focused attractions such as Fortín Conde De Mirasol are the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Pata Prieta, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Puerto Rico's past, without having to venture too far from the coast. As a matter of fact, this shore is easily reached by taking a cab from this site of historical significance.

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

Isabel Segunda is nearby and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, Isabel Segunda isn't far off, about three and a half miles (six kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how full the nearby hotels are. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it can appeal to visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors hoping to find a room close to Pata Prieta shouldn't find it that difficult, as there are lots of hotels to pick from in the surrounding area. You'll find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over those listed in the table below.

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
Ababor 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 you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. One of the closest restaurants is Sol Food. This restaurant offers both Creole and International menu items.

A list of nearby restaurants is included in the following table.

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

Of course, Pata Prieta is just one of many beaches you might like on Vieques.

You may also want to consider Esperanza Beach, located five miles away.

Maybe Pata Prieta is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Puerto Rico you might like.


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