Playa Caracas


Alternate name:
Red Beach (Navy name)
Good for:
Swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, boating, jet-skiing, hanging out on the beach

A few pavilions with grills, and a bathroom in the parking lot
Sand Type/Color:
Pure White Caribbean sand
Water Quality: 
The water at Caracas is usually very clear, more rough (w/ possible sea-weed) at the far right, calmer toward the left.

This is a southside beach off Route 997. Enter the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge at Garcia Gate and drive until you see signs to turn right for Caracas. It is the first beach on the refuge that can be accessed by car. Drive all the way down to the end of the road and behold.

Caracas is one of the favorites among locals and travelers alike for it’s pure beauty and family friendly facilities. The sand is a perfect Caribbean white, and the water a gorgeous blue-green. There are several Gazebos remaining after the hurricane, making it a great place for gatherings. It is a large, flat half-moon shaped white-sand beach with rocky outcrops on either side and a cayo just off the shore. Playa Caracas offers easy access, it is the first beach accessible on the National Wildlife Refuge on the south side of Vieques along the Caribbean Sea.

There are pavilions, some with grills, and a few coconut palms to provide shade.