Hike through an opening in the dense forest to reach this Secret Beach and go snorkeling to see manta rays.
Pata Prieta Beach is a secluded strand of pristine white sand hidden between the verdant hills of a scenic cove. As part of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, the beach is fairly cut off from main roads, making it particularly serene and secluded. Go snorkeling in the crystal clear water and look for manta rays gliding amid the colorful fish.
Arrive at the stunning beach through an opening in the dense forest and admire the scenery. The Caribbean Sea here is made up of many shades of blue that change over the course of the day. Arrive at sunrise to have the beach to yourself. Lay down a blanket on the soft, white sand for a picnic and sunbathing. Stay until sunset for spectacular views of the darkening hues of the sky.
The sea here is calm, making the beach ideal for families with kids. Enjoy a relaxing swim in the water to cool down after sunbathing under the blazing sun. Find shelter in the shade of the palm trees and bushes at the back of the stretch of sand. Beachcomb along the strand and walk to the small rocks that flank both ends.
Since the beach is so secluded, it has few amenities, vendors and structures. Bring your own snacks, drinks and watersports equipment to last your stay.
This sandy strand is also known as the Secret Beach, in reference to its isolation. Its official name, Pata Prieta, translates to Black Leg.
Pata Prieta Beach is in a cove on the central southern part of Vieques Island. It is part of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge that occupies the eastern half of the islet. Rent a jeep and drive south from Isabel II for about 20 minutes to get here. Hike the final 5-minute trail from the parking lot to the beach. Visit nearby attractions, such as Caracas Beach, La Chiva Beach and García Beach.