Sun Bay Beach

Sun Bay Beach is the only Balneario Público, or government maintained beach on the island of Vieques. This means it is the only beach with facilities and life guards, but it is also the only beach you have to pay to park at. Still, it is one of the nicest beaches on the island, and can fill up with both locals and tourists on weekends.

Sun Bay Beach is popular for sunbathers, swimmers, and snorkelers due to the relatively clear calm waters, but camping is also allowed on the beach.

Positioned on the island of Vieques, Sun Bay Beach is on the South West edge of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Though it's removed from some of the more heavily traveled areas, guests frequently find this a destination worthwhile since it's removed from certain noisier areas.

How to Access The Beach
To drive to Sun Bay Beach, take Route 997 and park in the designated parking lot. Many people mind it more efficient to park somewhere in the village of Esperanza and walk along the shore for a half a mile to the beach. This saves you the parking fee.

Amenities and Ambiance

Sun Bay Beach, called Sombe by locals, is a mile long stretch of sand formed into a crescent with Cayo de Tierra and Punta Negra on either side. The sand is powder white and lined with coconut palms and sea grape trees, and the waters, which come from the Caribbean Sea, are bright turquoise.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Sun Bay Beach is the ultimate convenience. On some days, it may be possible to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Vacationers can take advantages of picnic tables at this beach, so your food won't get sandy.

Restrooms are available at Sun Bay Beach. Fortunately, showers are provided, so you can rinse off before heading back to your hotel. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

Sun Bay Beach as well as its choice of amenities can be located inside a commonly visited area. Taking that into consideration, if you feel that the amenities influence your decision, it'll likely be a smart cause to show up in the morning well before the other people show up or perhaps try a beach further away. Otherwise, you might risk the amenities being overwhelmed.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Travelers will find Sun Bay Beach on the South West coast of Vieques. It is close to Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of a few local attractions.

If you want more information on the history of Puerto Rico, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques, which is one of the closest historical destinations near Sun Bay Beach.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Sun Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum 0.7 mi. W Vieques
Esperanza Archaeological Museum Museum 2.2 mi. W Vieques
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.6 mi. E Vieques
Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques Historical Site 3.7 mi. W Vieques
Fortín Conde De Mirasol Historical Site 3.8 mi. NNE Vieques
Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.8 mi. NNE Vieques
Punta Mulas Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.2 mi. NNE Vieques
Abandoned Bunkers Historical Site 4.9 mi. W Vieques

Cities and Towns

Sun Bay Beach is in the Isabel Segunda area, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Nearby, you'll find the city of Isabel Segunda, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the beach, Isabel Segunda isn't far off, roughly four miles (six kilometers).

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may encounter guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Vacationers seeking a place to stay near the beach won't have a tough time, as there is no shortage of accommodations to pick from in the immediate vicinity. You'll find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by perusing what's listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Sun Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Bananas Guesthouse 0.7 mi. W Hostel
Malecon House 0.8 mi. W Guest house
Esperanza Inn 0.8 mi. W Hotel
Trade Winds Guesthouse 0.8 mi. W Guest house
Casa de Tortuga 0.8 mi. W Guest house
Villa Coral Guesthouse 0.9 mi. WNW Guest house
Inn On The Blue Horizon 1.4 mi. W Hotel
Hacienda Tamarindo 1.5 mi. W Hotel
The Great Escape 1.6 mi. N B & B
Crow's Nest 2.4 mi. N Hotel

Food

A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you enjoy a meal at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to go far. One of the closest restaurants is La Gran Parada. This restaurant has both Caribbean and Creole cuisines.

Some nearby restaurant options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Sun Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Gran Parada (787) 529-3272 Caribbean, Creole Informal -- --
Restaurante Bili (787) 741-1382 Creole Very Casual 0.6 mi. W
Bananas Restaurant (787) 741-8700 Eclectic, International Very Casual 0.7 mi. W
Duffy's (787) 741-7600 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.7 mi. W
The Steakhouse at Orquideas (787) 741-1864 International Informal 0.7 mi. W
Lazy Jack's (787) 741-1447 International Very Casual 0.7 mi. W
Tito Bloque (787) 741-2142 Creole Very Casual -- --
Belly Button's (787) 741-3336 Caribbean Very Casual 0.8 mi. W
La Dulce Esperanza (787) 741-0085 International Very Casual -- --
Trade Winds Restaurant (787) 741-8666 International Informal 0.8 mi. W
Tin Box (787) 741-7700 -- -- 1.4 mi. NNW
Noche (787) 741-7700 -- -- 1.4 mi. NNW

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on Vieques, so Sun Bay Beach is just one of your options.

Another location you might enjoy is Naguabo Beach, found 18 miles to the west-northwest. More active guests, though, may be interested in Media Luna Beach, which could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. It's found a mile to the east-southeast.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Esperanza Beach, located a half mile away.

There's plenty to see and do in Puerto Rico, so visiting Sun Bay Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.

 

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