What’s in a name? That a good question, but in truth descriptive names for places can indicate whether it’s a good place to visit or not. Maybe that’s why in 2003 the Mosquito Pier was renamed the Puerto de la Libertad David Sanes Rodríguez. They probably got tired of explaining to visitors that it’s not a breeding ground for those annoying pests.
Of course, just about everyone still calls it Mosquito Pier. The new name is quite a mouthful, and besides, with the Internet people can just read all the mostly positive reviews about the place.
You can find the Mosquito Pier about a mile east of the Vieques Airport. It’s a wide pier, stretching a mile long over the Vieques Sound. Its construction began back in 1941 as part of the US Navy’s plan to build a harbor by joining Vieques with the main island, but the attack on Pearly Harbor scuttled those plans. While it’s still used as a port for cargo ferries, now people can also go there for some recreational activities.
It’s part of the two-for-one tourist special, by the way. Just around the corner you can find the legendary ceiba tree that’s at least 300 years old. So when you visit that tree and marvel that it was around long before the US declared its independence, you can then head on out to the pier for a more active entertainment.
Of all the activities associated with the Mosquito Pier, lately snorkeling has been the most popular. There are very good reasons for this. You can walk to the waters easily enough, and you’ll find that the depth is very shallow for a good distance. In fact, you should make sure you glance at the shore every now and then to see how far you’ve come.
The water is also very clear, and what’s more the waves are tame. So you can see lots of fish and corals, starfish and if you’re lucky maybe even a turtle under the pier. There are so many marine animals here that some complain this free snorkeling spot is even better than some spots you have to pay for.
Some people even go scuba diving here as well.
What’s there to say about the fishing? Since there are lots of fish here, it stands to reason that it’s a popular spot for fishing. Just cast your line and relax.
For those with a more romantic bent, the sunsets are also spectacular. Quite a few guys have proposed here as the sun sets over the horizon.
Perhaps the best part about Mosquito Pier is that it is very accessible. You don’t even need to rent a car to get here. Publicos can take you here and perhaps you can even arrange for transport back to your place. Just flag a publico in Isabel, ask if you can be fetched from Mosquito Pier after a couple of hours or so, and have fun.