UNCROWDED WONDER

Vieques is renowned for its beaches and natural wonders. Here's a quick rundown of the ones you can visit now.

For directions and in-depth information for the beaches of Vieques, download the Vieques Insider Beach Guide in PDF format here.

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Playa Caracas

Excellent swimming beach with moderate waves. Shaded picnic pavilions. Once known as “Red Beach.” 

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Playa La Chiva

Expansive, natural beach at the far end of the wildlife preserve. No facilities. Gentle waves, popular for snorkling. Formerly “Blue Beach.” Reports of saragassum (seaweed) this summer.

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Playa Media Luna 

Calm waters in a protected bay, very gently sloped. Shaded picnic pavilions. Great for kids, swimming. 

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Playa Navio

Remote and rugged. Huge waves crashing between two cliffs. Beautiful sand - even softer than before Maria. Limited shade. No facilities. 

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Sun Bay 

Wild horses greet you at this large, easily accessible beach with restrooms, refreshments, and breathtaking views.

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Esperanza Beach

Narrow beach along the roadway at the Malecon. Parking, restaurants, gift shop, public dock. 

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Punta Arenas - CLOSED

This popular snorkling beach, once known as "Green Beach," is flanked by jungle at the far western tip of the island, and is still inacccessible. 

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Playa Grande - REOPENED DECEMBER 19!

A trek down a narrow jungle road alongside the southern shoreline rewards when it opens onto this tranquil setting. The whole beach is open for your enjoyment, but please keep in mind remediation work is still going on and road access is open up to the bridge.

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Playa Negra

Volcanic remains give this beach its unique and colorful composition. The dark and rich sand extends along Vieques' gorgeous coast making it a local favorite. 

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Bioluminescent Bay

Mosquito Bay, the bioluminescent bay on Vieques, is the brightest one of its kind in the world. It lost its brightness briefly after Maria, but the dinoflagellates have returned! Guided tours by kayak or electric boat. No swimming permitted.