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.

Located in the heart of the island of Vieques, Sun Bay Beach is on the South West coast of the island, You might want even if you aren't staying very close. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, should give Sun Bay Beach a try. It's slightly off the beaten path, but it's not totally secluded either.

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.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. You may also have the option to get lunch from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Perhaps the most convenient amenity here: picnic tables.

Restrooms are available at Sun Bay Beach. Fortunately, showers are provided, so you don't have to go back to your hotel sandy. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

Remember to take into account that Sun Bay Beach's immediate surroundings are rather congested, which means the availability of certain facilities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This beach is positioned on the South West coast of Vieques; this area boasts other attractions such as Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, which is three quarters of a mile away.

If you want to learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, you won't have to look hard to find sites boasting the colorful history of the nation. One of the nearest historical attractions is Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques, which is one of the closest interesting historical sites in the neighborhood of Sun Bay Beach.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

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

The closest town is Fajardo, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the beach, Isabel Segunda is not far away, about four miles (six kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. Sun Bay Beach is not near very many major hotels, but it's often visited by guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is situated in a pretty touristed area, it is not typically very difficult to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you and your party are looking to find a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table lists the closest options to Sun Bay Beach.

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

If during your visit you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you won't have to look too far from the shore. La Gran Parada is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and Creole cuisines.

Nearby dining options are shown below.

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 if Sun Bay Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

You might also enjoy Naguabo Beach, found 18 miles away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Media Luna Beach may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it a mile to the east-southeast.

Another location you may want to try is Esperanza Beach, located a half mile away.

Puerto Rico has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, so visiting Sun Bay Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.

 

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