Sun Bay (Vieques)#4 in Best Things To Do in Puerto Rico
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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, bathrooms 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).
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#1 Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay (Vieques)
This south Vieques beach might not sound like much, but it's one of travelers' favorite experiences in Puerto Rico. During the day, Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay is your stereotypical Caribbean hideout — but at night, the sky and waters emit a blue glow from the half-plant, half-animal microorganisms that live there. More than 700,000 bioluminescent dinoflagellates live in each gallon of bay water, and recent travelers have been amazed by just how much visibility these tiny creatures provide.
But avoid visiting the bay during a full moon; the microorganisms aren't as visible then. Also aim for a quiet approach: "I would definitely go in a group with kayaks-not a motorized boat," one TripAdvisor reviewer said. "It is very peaceful and beautiful to be on the water at night but the sparkling water is a real treat."
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