NOTE: VIEQUES BEACHES ARE SLOWLY BEING OPENED NOW
Caracas, Pata Prieta, Playuela, La Chiva, La Plata, etc. are all open Monday-Friday now, but keep an eye out for Executive Orders from the Governor of Puerto Rico Wanda Vázquez Garced, which could change things.
Welcome to the beaches of Vieques, Puerto Rico! This is an island you can only get to from another island, but it is worth the extra effort for the beaches alone! The weather isn't bad either, as you can see from our new weather widget. 🙂
All the info we provide is post-hurricane-María - the pictures & descriptions are real, all taken from 2018 to now, so nobody gets deceived by old pictures. Vieques beaches are all-natural and they literally change with the winds & the tides, so we update the individual beach pages as we re-visit them. We also add more beaches once they are opened to the public.
The map below is clickable and zoomable, and below that you can filter by various beach attributes. If you prefer the simplicity of all of them in one place, click here for the Beach List page. Enjoy!
Christmas ’19 Updates:
- Updated Punta Galindez & added pictures
- Updated Playa Esperanza & added pictures
- Made a major update to Playa Grande & added many pictures
- Changed the name Playa Vaca to Playa Vieja (historical name)
December ’19 Updates:
- Updated La Chiva #2-6, and added some cool pictures
- Updated La Chiva #18-20, and added more pictures
- Updated Escondida, and added pictures
Thanksgiving ’19 Updates:
- Updated La Chiva #7-8, and added pictures
- Did a major update to Cemetery Beach, and added many pictures
- Updated La Plata/Platita and added pictures
November ’19 Updates:
- Updated Sun Bay and added some new pictures
- Updated pix of Ceiba Tree Beach
- Added pix to Playa Grande
- Note that Playa Berdiales was just cleaned up by the youth group "Exploradores del Refugio de Vida Silvestre" - 85 pounds of trash removed from the beach!
October ’19 Updates:
- Fixed the name on Lighthouse Beach - it is Playa Berdiales, named for the family that was said to have operated the lighthouse a century ago. We kept Lighthouse Beach as an alternate name. We added several pictures to this beach. Although the path down to it is overgrown, the beach is looking nicer than we’ve ever seen. It could use a cleanup though.
- The tropical storms this year affected the south beaches the most and in most cases just by dumping seaweed and ocean trash on them. Some great cleanup efforts (by locals, residents, and tourists alike) have helped tremendously. Esperanza probably took the worst of it, with some pier damage that is already fixed or in process.
September ’19 Updates:
- Added Lighthouse Beach.
- Recent tropical storms (Dorian and Karen) have had some small impacts:
- Many southside beaches have more than normal Sargassum weed and trash.
- The piers on Playa Esperanza have some damage.
July ’19 Updates:
- First of all, we put in all the new numbers at La Chiva and La Plata.
- The Vieques National Wildlife Refuge renumbered all of the numbered beach access points by removing what were previously labeled #’s 1 & 2. This then rippled throughout the list.
- The original #1 is now called Pirate’s Cove (people have long known it as this)
- The original #2 is now called Punta Galindez (in spite of the brown sign that says Galinde, and the Google map errors that say Galintez)
- Caracas and Playuela continue with partial closures (closed until 2pm each weekday only) through July 26.
- Now the biggest change to the beach directory is that we have separated the beach map & directory (now at viequesbeachmap.com) from our blog site (kneedeepinit.com). The new website stands all on its own. We still own it and run it, but it’s a separate entity now.
- With this change, we have dramatically improved the map.
- It now provides map functionality for mobile users - this was not available before. Now, on any device, you can zoom the map in and out without limitations on screen size.
- Below the map we have new features that allow for filtering and searching by various attributes that a beach may have, for example “Family Friendly”, or “Beachcombing”.
- You can display results in a list or by tiles.
- The old site will point to the new site, so the links should all still work. Please let us know if something is broken.
June ’19 Updates:
- No big updates in our beach directory for June, I just wanted to remind visitors and locals alike that we're out there for your information and enjoyment all summer long.
- Also note that Caracas & Playuela continue with the partial closures. It just means you have to wait until 2pm on weekdays to go there; it's wide open on weekends. See you on the beach!
May ’19 Updates:
- Added Playa Vaca - NOW OPEN!
- Added Playa Los Pobres - NOW OPEN!
- Updated Punta Arenas
- Updated Airport Beach
We also did a Best Beach in Vieques blog post which you can find here:
April ’19 Updates:
- Added photos and comments to Starfish Beach (incl. a starfish!)
- Added photos to Playa Grande - the road is open all the way now
- Updated the cleanliness rating of Ceiba Tree Beach - it’s much better now!
- Added partial closures to Playas Caracas and Playuela due to follow-up munitions investigations
March ’19 Updates:
- Edited Playa Negra - the hike is much easier now
- Rewrote the Bastimento page, better directions, pix, etc.
- Add photos to Punta Arenas
- Added Playa Corcho - we now have 32 beaches listed
February ’19 Updates:
- Punta Arenas - Now Open!, with pictures
- Added photos to Playa Pata Prieta
- Added photos to Playa Negra, incl. satellite
- Added photos to El Gallito, incl. underwater
- Added photos to Sea Glass Beach
January ’19 Updates:
- Added photos to Playa Grande
- Added photos to Playa Monte Santo
- Added satellite images to various beaches
- Fixed bathroom locations at La Chiva
Dec ’18 Updates:
Merry Christmas & Feliz Navidad Vieques beach people! We've updated the Vieques Beach Map page https://kneedeepinit.com/vieques-beaches/ as follows:
- Added La Chata beach
- Playa Grande - Now Open!
- Added photos to Cemetery Beach
- Added notes about shade at each beach
- Also note that some beaches on our site have pictures with Sargassum weed on them. They were taken over the last few months, and things have improved quite a bit since then. We will continue to update the pictures as we re-visit these beaches.
Nov. ’18 Updates:
- Added Playa Pata Prieta
- Added Playa Escondida
- Added La Chiva Entrances 16-22
- Added La Plata/Platita
- Added more photos to Airport Beach, Media Luna, Playa Negra, Navio, Seaglass, & Playa Grande
Beach Map & Directory Launched
Notes about Vieques Beaches
Please Help Out!
When you hit the beach, please do your part to keep the beaches & island clean. The beaches don’t clean themselves, nor does the government clean them - real people like us clean them, sometimes in organized groups and sometimes we just do it when we visit the beach. If all you do is pick up your own trash we love it, but if you want to be a hero, pick up an extra bit as you leave, even if it is just a single plastic bag or a beer can. Thank you so much for your help! (PS. You can do this on any beach you visit, worldwide!)
If you need another reason to pick up trash, here's one: it harms our friendly & beautiful sea turtles! In Vieques, there are three major turtle species: Tinglar (Leatherback), Carey (Hawksbill), & Verde (Green), all wonderful in their own right. Nesting seasons run from March through September. So in addition to trash pickup, please stay clear of the nests, hatchlings, and nesting females, and fill in holes and sandcastles on the sand. The turtles thank you! For more information, you can visit one of our favorite groups in Vieques, Ticatove (say tee-kah-toe-vay).
Some of the northside beaches we have listed are "short". By that I mean there isn't a lot of sand between the water and the jungle. And that means that a high tide can cover much or all of the sandy part with water! So for those beaches, we use this tide-forecast site and if it's a high tide, or on its way to high tide, we simply choose another beach. A few examples of these "short" beaches are Starfish Beach, Airport Beach, Cemetery Beach, and Sea Glass Beach.