Caracas was closed on our first trip to Vieques, so we were eager to try it out this time. We spent our first and last days here during a week-long stay. It is the easiest beach to get to within the former naval base area, with a paved road the whole way. It also has about 8 or so family-sized picnic shelters that tend to fill up by 11 a.m. These would provide some shelter from the sun if you don't have an umbrella. The beach is a nice long crescent of white sand that is wide enough to spread out and not be too close to other people. The beach also has a nice grade into the water - not too steep but steep enough that you can be up to your shoulders and still feel fairly close to shore. There are minimal waves on Caracas, and the left-hand side seems to be more sheltered from the surf due to reef along that side. The reef is not overly impressive for snorkeling, but the calm water and proximity to shore make it a pleasant experience even if the sea life is not as abundant as in other areas of the island. This beach can get a little busy during the weekend (and busy is relative to other Vieques beaches, which is not busy at all!), because of its ease of access and day visitors taking taxis from the ferry terminal. Of note, park closes at 6:30 p.m.
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