This is Sun Bay in Esperanza, for
starters. It is over a mile of calm waters and white sand beaches,
lined with coconut palm and sea grape trees. During most of the year
it is virtually empty. Only for a few weeks of the year, are there
ever more than a hundred people at any given time at the beach. If
that's too crowded, you can follow the road through Sun Bay to Media
Luna and further on to Navio. Media Luna is a great beach for children , as
the water is very shallow and there is copious amounts of shade.
Navio is well known for its bodysurfing, but there are areas to
escape the sun.
There are beaches in La Hueca in the southwest (hard
to get to-no beach roads, and no parking roadside), east of the airport is Gringo Beach (good
snorkeling-next to Martineau Bay Resort), and there are beaches in Bravos de Boston
(very little parking) and east of
there (towards the dump) with good snorkeling, but a difficult water entry in some
areas (coral and sea urchins).
The best beaches, of course, are on the bases.
They are all accessible now on the eastern end.
There are beaches on the western end, Green beach, has remained open and has some
of the best snorkeling at its southern end and with the full opening
of that end, there are paved roads which allow you full exploration of
the southwest coast of the island with many new and previously
inaccessible beaches. The view of the main
island of Puerto Rico is also spectacular from Green Beach.
Generally, the visitors to Vieques want to find the
most remote uninhabited beaches for whatever reason, and, in the
process, don't even give Sun Bay a second thought. This is
unfortunate, because it is one of the most beautiful, picturesque
beaches on the island. While the snorkeling is rather boring, for
relaxing, swimming, reading, walking, and picnicking, it is ideal.
And, during most of the year, it is also virtually deserted.
For up to date info on the beaches of Vieques, check
out Enchanted-Isle.Com for more info at
One caveat: Whatever you may envision for
paradise, don't be complacent with its beauty and feel you can leave
valuable on your blanket or in your unlocked car and go for a walk.
You wouldn't do it in the states, and you shouldn't do it here. People
have left jewelry (expensive), cameras, boom boxes, and their wallets
on the beach, only to find them gone on returning from their swim or
walk. If you don't need it, don't take it.