Punta Arenas & Green Beach
In the summer and weekends green beach is lined with yachts from Puerto Rico and St. John enjoying this sunny spot for swimming and some of the best snorkeling on the south side of the beach.
Punta Arenas is to the right of green beach at the northwestern tip of Vieques Island where the Caribbean and the Atlantic meet and you can see the two oceans join. The currents are very strong at this point and swimming is not allowed.
PLAYA GALLITO - GRINGO BEACH
Close to the airport and on the west side of the W hotel this Vieques beach has parking right off the road offering easy access. A sandy beach that is great for swimming, surfing and snorkeling. This beach is popular with locals who enjoy its convenience.
La Chata Beach - Surf BEACH
Seasonal breezes across the Atlantic make this beach ideal for surfing. The coral at the shallow part of the beach make it prohibitive for swimming but perfect for snorkeling amongst the sea life in the summer months when the waters of Vieques are calm. Along this tropical beach you can enjoy beautiful views of Culebra and Culebrita during the day or picturesque sunset walks in the late afternoon.
PLayuela - Garcia Beach
A beautiful stretch of tropical beach that is separated from Playa Caracas by a sea cliff. To get there just turn right at the sign on the way to Playa Caracas. It is a bit of a walk from the parking area (approx. 1 mile) however, this is why Playuela is so peaceful.
playa caracas - red beach
Easy to reach, this long stretch of beach is convenient for driving up and dipping in. Covered cabanas make this spot ideal for gatherings and picnics. With its turquoise waters, surrounding hills and soft sand it has become a favorite for locals.
pata prieta - secret beach
The calm clear waters of this smaller Vieques beach make it an ideal spot to unwind. There is a beautiful coral stretch of beach to the right making this a wonderful place to snorkel. A smaller parking area ensures that there will never be too many people.
la chiva - blue beach
Expansive Blue Beaches, this long stretch is perfectly picturesque. There is no way to describe the beauty of this beach. You have to see it for yourself. Relax, sunbathe, snorkel along the sandbar and explore this Vieques beach. There are small individual parking areas along the road with entrances to this beach.
Insiders' Tip: Look for the sign marked #10 it is a favorite spot where there is a large sandbar and it's shallow forever.
If you are looking for a romantic beach on Vieques Island, this is it—beautiful white sands and turquoise water surrounded by green hills in an intimate cove. With only one access point and room for only two cars, this beach is the ultimate cozy retreat.
playa la plata - orchid beach
On a calm day you can see the most amazing shades of blue here. Short walks just beyond both sides of the beach take you to rocky terrain where you can explore the cacti in the drier climate zones.
* "Plata" means silver in Spanish, so it's also referred to as Silver Beach.
This is a great beach for snorkeling since there is a lot of marine life by the Old Sugar Pier, as well as out by the cay (also known as Cayo Afuera, the small island off the coast). Look for stingrays, spotted eagle rays, turtles, sardines and other sea life here.
sun bay beach
The first of the public beaches, Sun Bay has restrooms, showers, telephones, plenty of parking and campgrounds. Palm trees line this beach. With picnic tables, accessibility, and facilities, this is the ideal spot for families and picnics.
Sun Bay has been awarded the International Blue Flag, an exclusive eco-label award given to beaches and marinas that meet strict criteria for both water quality and environmental management.
media luna beach
Shallow, secluded and calm, Media Luna (Half Moon) is great for sitting in the serene water and relaxing. It's a bit of a bumpy ride to get here and a contrast to Navio’s rolling waves (seasonal) farther up the road.
Secluded and small, this is one of the prettiest beaches on Vieques island. Beautiful hillsides surround this intimate beach, and when the surfs up, this beach is a blast. It is a bumpy ride and the furthest of the public beaches, but it's well worth the adventure.
playa negrita - black sand beach
Even many locals don’t know of this beach! This is a black, volcanic-sand beach that is accessible only by a small hike (bring shoes) down dry riverbed to the beach. The island scenery here is amazing and it is a wonderful place to explore.
* The black sand is composed of Magnetite, a naturally occurring iron mineral. It is one of just a few minerals that are attracted to a magnet.
playa grande - big beach
The “Big Beach” is lush with palm trees, big rocks, and beautiful island views. Perfect for a meditative walk along the beach and relaxing while taking in the fantastic scenery.