Vieques attractions

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Vieques

Bahía Mosquito

Locals claim that this magnificent bay, a designated wildlife preserve about 2 miles east of Esperanza, has the highest concentration of phosphorescent dinoflagellates not only in Puerto Rico, but in the world. A tr…
Top Choice Beach in Vieques

Sun Bay

Part of Puerto Rico's national park system, Sun Bay is a long half-moon-shaped bay, less than a half-mile east of Esperanza. It's the island’s balneario (public beach), with all the amenities you could hope for, inc…
Top Choice Beach in Vieques

Playa Caracas

Calm and clear Playa Caracas is reached on a paved road and has gazebos with picnic tables to shade bathers from the sun; there's excellent snorkeling – lots of healthy sea fans and underwater life – off the eastern…
Top Choice Beach in Vieques

Playa La Plata

Playa La Plata is as far east as you can go at present. This gorgeously secluded beach is on a mushroom-shaped bay and has sand like icing sugar and a calm sea that seems to shimmer in a thousand different shades of…
Nature Reserve in Vieques

Vieques National Wildlife Refuge

Lying within these protected confines are the best reasons to visit Vieques. This 18,000-acre refuge occupies the land formerly used by the US military. The 3100-acre western segment was used mainly as a storage are…
Island in Vieques

Cayo Afuera

A popular place to journey is the islet of Cayo Afuera, an uninhabited pinprick of land a few hundred meters across the bay from Playa Esperanza. It is part of the Mosquito Bay Reserve and many intrepid locals swim …
Beach in Vieques

Playa La Chiva

Gorgeous Playa La Chiva, at the eastern end of the main road, is long and open with occasionally rough surf. It's easy to find your own large patch of sand and you can find shade in the shrubs. There’s good snorkeli…
Beach in Vieques

Playa Escondida

The deliciously deserted stretch of sand at Playa Escondida has absolutely no facilities – just jaw-dropping beauty. It faces Bahía Ensenada Honda, which is good for kayaking. The road here is very rough and is 4WD-…
Beach in Vieques

Pata Prieta

This gorgeous cove has a slender patch of sand and protected waters that are excellent for snorkeling. A steep gravel path leads to the beach.
Beach in Vieques

Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas is excellent for a quiet picnic, some family-friendly snorkeling and views of the mainland (note the wind farm) and El Yunque across the water. The strand here is not very broad and is punctuated with c…