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.

Set on the island of Vieques, Pata Prieta is on the Southeast coast of the island, You should consider stopping by whether or not you're 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, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

Pata Prieta offers those who visit a quiet and relaxing experience, due to the fact that the surrounding area is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the Southeast coast of Vieques. Puerto Ferro Lighthouse is found a mile and a half away, and it is among the the area's interesting attractions.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust. This museum is located a short cab ride away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

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 noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the coast, Isabel Segunda is not far away, roughly three and a half miles (six kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can attract guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Since this beach is situated in a pretty popular vacation destination, it is not usually all that difficult to find a hotel nearby that suits your needs. If you are hoping to get a place that's on or near the beach, the following table shows 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
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 visit the beach around lunchtime the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you won't have to look too far away. One of the closest restaurants is Sol Food. The restaurant has both Creole and International menu items.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the table 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

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

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Esperanza Beach, located five miles to the west.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Puerto Rico; then again, a trip to Pata Prieta could end up a family favorite.


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