Green Beach at the West end of Vieques

The Islands of Culebra and Vieques are more like the Virgin Islands than Puerto Rico. They receive less rainfall and have no rivers that deposit sediment into the ocean . The reefs are more abundant and the waters clearer. If your priority is endless pristine beautiful beaches then head for Vieques and Culebra Islands but you will need to rent a jeep to see them all. Please note: There is no ferry between the two islands.

Photo above: 'Green Beach' , western end of Vieques Island. Great for snorkeling. 'Punta Arenas' is at the other end ( North End) of this beach. This is on the Western US Fish & Wildlife Reserve. A fabulous beach in many ways, but the 'mimis' come out after 4 PM ( or cloudy rainy days) and the reserve closes at 6 PM or so... so, no sunset watching here!

Vieques Beaches


Coconut trees on Playa Azul  Luquillo

'Playa Azul' beach in the town of Luquillo. Nice hotel overlooking the sea: Luquillo Sunrise Beach Hotel. One of Luquillos' many and varied beaches.. This beach is a good one for body surfing, the waves are often perfect for that. Surfers, on their boards, stay by 'La Pared' and don't bother here.

Luquillo Balneario


Cayo Icacos de la cordillera reserve

Icacos Key ( Cayo) a few sandy offshore keys just east of Fajardo. Part of the Cordillera Reserve. Can only be reached by boat. The waters are really this clear and turquoise! You can get a 'water taxi' from the cement dock in Las Croabas, Fajardo. Or take a snorkeling tour.

Private snorkel tour with Guide.



Balnearios ( public beach family recreational facilities). 'Parques Nationales de Puerto Rico' now administers the Balnearios. Most offer changing facilities ( privatized parking). Some have camping facilities, some have cabins and villas.

• Tres Hermanos, Villas. Anasco Tel. 826-1610
• Boqueron, Cabo Rojo Tel. 787-851-1900
• Cana Gorda, Guanica Tel. 787-821-5676
• Punta Guilarte, Villas, Cabins. Arroyo Tel. 787-839-3585
• Cerro Gordo, Vega Alta Tel. 787-883-2730
• Manuel "Nolo" Morales, Tel. 796-2830
• Punta Salinas, Toa Baja Tel. 787-795-3325
• Escambron, San Juan Tel. 449-5672
• Punta Santiago, Humacao Tel. 787-852-1660 - Villas and Cabins
• La Monserrate, Camping. Luquillo Tel. 889-5871
• Sun Bay, Camping. Vieques Tel. 787-741-8198
• Seven Seas, Camping. Fajardo Tel. 787-863-8180

. . . and in the mountains of Maricao - Cabins Tel. 787-622-5200 for information for ALL.

Sun Bay Balneario Campground in Vieques. Tel. 787-741-8198. OK for safety but lots of petty theft.

...... Not a beach but a ZOO in Mayaguez. open Wednesday through Sunday and Holidays. . 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Tel. 787-832-6330.

ACC Autoridad de Conservacion y Desarollo de Culebra administers the Flamenco Beach campgrounds on Culebra Island. Fee. Good for safety, facilities and the most beautiful beach. They usually accept walk in reservations in the winter months. Summer, especially summer weekends, are zoo-like. It is not recommendable to camp here during summer weekends, you probably won't even be able to get on the ferry. you do need advance reservations. Tel. 787-742-0700 or write: Attn: Playa Flamenco, P.O.Box 217, Culebra, Puerto Rico 00775 USA.


School of blue tang

Schools of Blue Tang are the most common, mainly because they are not a popular fish to eat! Good snorkeling is usually found a little distance from the beach. The reefs in the Cordillera Reserve, Vieques, Culebra, La Parguera, Mona Island etc. are the most pristine. There are endless corals offshore, the trick is finding them!

Feeding the fish.



Navio Beach in Vieques Puerto Rico