Playa Escondida

Not for swimming, this beach is certainly still worth the 25 minute walk it takes to access it if you are looking or a quiet, private stretch of sand with a view. In fact, the name of the beach translated from Spanish means "Hidden."

Positioned in the vicinity of Fajardo, Playa Escondida is on the North West edge of Puerto Rico. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying nearby. Beachgoers tend to want a compromise between fun and relaxation, and Playa Escondida offers that middle ground. It's a spot which rarely gets too crowded, even though it's in a fairly popular area.

How to Access The Beach

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach is long and thick with heavy, water-logged sand that is gold in color. Although the surf is rough enough that swimming is not permitted and people have even lost their lives here, the water is a deep blue and as clear as any other good beach on the island.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Playa Escondida is on the North West coast of Puerto Rico; the area hosts attractions such as Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, which is not very far away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

If you want to learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Fuerte San Geronimo, which is within traveling distance of the coast.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Escondida
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.5 E Puerto Rico
Fero de las Cabezas de San Juan Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.7 E Puerto Rico
Parque Damaso Rivera Park 6.3 W Puerto Rico
Wyndham Rio Mar Casino Casino 7.3 W Puerto Rico
Rio Mar Country Club River Course Golf Course 7.6 W Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Playa Escondida tourists looking for additional places to explore might think about going to Fajardo, because it's not far away and is a particularly bustling part of Puerto Rico. From the shore, Fajardo is a fairly short distance away, maybe three miles (five kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a decent amount of places to stay within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient options have been displayed in the following list.

Accommodations near Playa Escondida
Hotel Distance Direction Type
El Conquistador Resort 1.7 mi. SE Resort
Suenos del Mar Vacation Rental 2.3 mi. S Villa complex
Pena Mar Villa Resort 2.4 mi. S Villa complex
Fajardo Inn 3.1 mi. S Resort
Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn 4.7 mi. W Hotel
Yunque Mar 6.6 mi. W Hotel
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa 7.3 mi. W Resort


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you won't have to look too far from the shore. One of the closest places to eat is The House of Pastelillos. This restaurant offers both Caribbean and Latin American dishes on the menu. They also specialize in hamburgers and seafood.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Playa Escondida
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
The House of Pastelillos (787) 268-2222 Caribbean, Latin American Very Casual 0.9 mi. SE
Calizo Seafood Restaurant (787) 863-3664 Caribbean, Creole Informal 1.0 mi. SSE
Las Vistas (787) 655-7053 Caribbean, Vegan Very Casual 1.5 mi. ESE
El Varadeo Seaside Grill (787) 860-2662 American, Creole Very Casual 2.2 mi. S
Varadero Restaurant (787) 275-3399 -- -- 2.5 mi. S
Metropol Fajardo (787) 801-2877 Caribbean, Cuban Informal 2.9 mi. SW
Cafeteria Lucero (787) 801-0155 -- -- 3.0 mi. S
Costa Mia (787) 801-5400 Creole Very Casual 3.0 mi. S
Cremaldi Ice Cream (787) 801-1770 -- -- 3.0 mi. S
Cyber Pizza (787) 860-4215 Italian -- 3.0 mi. S
Domino's Fajardo (787) 863-3131 Italian Very Casual 3.0 mi. S
Dulce Aroma (787) 655-4477 International Very Casual 3.0 mi. S

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them in Puerto Rico will have lots of options besides Playa Escondida.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Luquillo Beach, located a short taxi ride away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, Playa Colora may be just what you're looking for. It's located a few hundred yards to the east.

You might also want to visit Seven Seas Beach, located a mile away. Seven Seas Beach is a serene protected beach that offers water and land activities to suit any taste.

Puerto Rico has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and dropping by Playa Escondida is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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