Pata Prieta Beach “Secret Beach”
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Pata Prieta Beach (also known as Secret Beach) is a small beach within the National Wildlife Refuge of Vieques, in the south side of the island. If you are looking for tranquility, this is the beach for you, the sand is white and usually the waters are calm, free from strong waves perfect for swimming for both adults and children. The beach is ideal for diving, especially in the summer months.
To reach the sand, there is a small “walk” (maybe 200 feet) from the parking lot, so not many people go to this place.
The beach offers very good snorkeling areas “diving” on both sides of the beach.
If you walk down the rocks to the east, you can get great photos of the old lighthouse. There is a long strip of sand with some trees / shrubs to shade.
This beautiful beach with white sand and blue water has green hills on one side and rocks on the other side. The beach is a sea turtle nesting area, east of the beach and very close to the shore, you will find small fish that live between algae and stones. The water is blue with different shades of turquoise gemstones deep blue that change with the sun. The beach is simply a quiet, safe and sunny place to enjoy the day.
To get to this beach you must enter the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge and follow the road until you find the sign that identifies the beach. We recommend a 4×4 vehicle to get to this beach. There are no facilities.