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Playa Voltios – Hiking Beach

Playa Voltios - Hiking Beach

Playa Voltios – Hiking Beach

A hidden treasure – the locals call it “Playa Voltios”. Although the entrance to this gem is draped in power lines, once passed, you enter a realm of hiker heaven.

Playa Voltios is located on the north shore of Vieques Island. It’s at the most eastern point of the municipal land, right next to the Fish and Wildlife Refuge. You will see a large electrical transformer station at the entrance and there are several walking paths to take you to the beach from the parking area.

There are usually not more than a hand full of people walking or fishing so it’s quite peaceful, especially in the early morning or late afternoon. Bring sandals or tennis shoes to hike along the rocky shore in either direction.

This is not really a swimming beach but there are several coves where you can take a dip to cool off. If you hike to the east, bring a pack with plenty of water and snacks. There’s not much cover from the sun, so hats and loose/long clothing are also good ideas.

About an hour and a half hike to the East will bring you to a rocky area that is only passable during low tide, so check the tide table and don’t get stuck! If you do pass the rocks, you will be hiking directly toward a geographical point of the Bermuda Triangle, or Punta Diablo!


La Chata – Surfing Beach

Hidden in a corner of the Bravos de Boston neighborhood, La Chata is a favourite beach for surfing in the winter, snorkeling in the summer and beach hiking all year long.

Beach dogs, sea glass and Charlie the Shaman are some of what you’ll find while exploring this sandy/rocky beach from sunrise to sunset.

Not the best swimming beach because it’s quite rocky and rough in some places, if you arrive early and watch where the locals go, you’ll have a wonderful hike and catch some buena vistas.


Punta Mulas Lighthouse

Punta Mulas Lighthouse, also known as Faro de Vieques, is an historic lighthouse located in Isabel Segunda on the west shore of Vieques island.

It was first lit in 1896 and automated in 1949. Punta Mulas Lighthouse was the second lighthouse built on Vieques after the Puerto Ferro Lighthouse. The light was established to guide through the dangerous passage formed by a chain of reefs. It was of key importance for navigation in the San Juan Passage.

In 1992, the lighthouse was restored in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to America. The structure houses a museum featuring the maritime history of Vieques and the Americas as well as other historical exhibits and it is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punta_Mulas_Light


Vieques Conservation & Historical Trust

The Vieques Conservation & Historical Trust is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 and supported by members of our community and interested donors from around the world.

It operates thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers and is strictly non-political in nature.

The organization is concerned with the protection of the unique archeological, physical and ecological environment existing on Vieques.

There is a gift shop with items to suit every taste and friendly people ready to tell you about our island.


Red Beach/ Playa Caracas

Red Beach/ Playa Caracas is located on the South West shore of Vieques Island and is part of the Fish and Wildlife Reserve founded by the United States Department of Interior.

This is one of the most picturesque beaches on Vieques with dreamy white sand.  There is not much natural shade here however, if you arrive early you can claim one of the cabanas that line part of the beach.

This is a great beach for everyone in the family to enjoy!  Getting to Red Beach/Playa Caracas is easy with the Fish and Wildlife maintaining the roads as they do in any National Park.