Sun Bay (Vieques)
- Type: Beaches
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Mosquito Bay is popular in the evenings, but the island of Vieques' daytime beachcombers like the chalky sands and serene vantage point of southwestern Sun Bay. It's also the only beach on Vieques with public facilities: The 2-mile-long beach on Vieques' south coast has lifeguards, showers, bathroooms and a small area to purchase food. Plus, the town of Esperanza (and its restaurants and bars) is just a short walk away.
While San Juan's beaches have a distinctly urban vibe, travelers appreciate Vieques' seclusion. The on-site amenities make the beach appealing for groups. "The water is shallow for quite a ways out, and the waves are mild. It's great for families with kids," one TripAdvisor reviewer adds. If you're an avid snorkeler, however, you may want to skip Sun Bay as there's not much marine life to see here.
Sun Bay is open from dawn to dusk daily, but the beach facilities are only open Wednesday through Sunday. Beach access is free, but parking costs $2 USD Wednesday through Sunday (parking is free on Mondays and Tuesdays).