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 coast of Puerto Rico. You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying in the immediate vicinity. This beach is not just a pleasant attraction, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in Puerto Rico. While Playa Escondida may be a little harder to reach, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North West coast of Puerto Rico. Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve is situated a mile and a half to the east, and it is among the local attractions.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Puerto Rico, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. The nearest historical attraction is Fuerte San Geronimo, which is 29 and a half miles to the west.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

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
El Conquistador Resort & Country Club Golf Course 1.7 SE Puerto Rico
Fero de las Cabezas de San Juan Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.7 E Puerto Rico
Taller Artistico En Luquillo Art Gallery 5.0 W Puerto Rico
Parque Damaso Rivera Park 6.3 W Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Playa Escondida visitors seeking further attractions should consider checking out Fajardo, which is close-by and is an active, busy area. From the beach, Fajardo is a quick trip away, roughly three miles (five kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Vacationers will find a fairly wide variety of hotels and resorts to choose from in the area that encircles the beach. The most convenient of which can be seen in the following table.

Accommodations near Playa Escondida
Hotel Distance Direction Type
El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 1.7 SE Resort
Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 1.9 SE Resort
Fajardo Inn 3.1 S Resort


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is The House of Pastelillos. The restaurant has both Caribbean and Latin American menu items. They have become well-known, however, because of their hamburgers and seafood.

Restaurants closest to this beach are provided in the following table.

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
Las Vistas (787) 655-7053 Caribbean, Vegan Very Casual 1.5 mi. ESE
Racar Seafood (787) 801-0413 International Informal 1.6 mi. SE
Blossoms (787) 868-0200 Chinese, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim -- 1.7 mi. SE
Bollyhoo Bar and Grill (787) 863-1000 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.7 mi. SE
Cafe Bella Vista (787) 863-1000 International Very Casual 1.7 mi. SE
Cafe Caribe (787) 863-1000 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.7 mi. SE
Chops Steakhouse (787) 863-1000 International Informal 1.7 mi. SE
La Piccola Fontana Restaurant (787) 253-0436 Italian Informal 1.7 mi. SE
Las Brisas Restaurant (787) 863-1000 Buffet Very Casual 1.7 mi. SE
Oasis Bar & Grill (787) 863-1000 Bar and grill Very Casual 1.7 mi. SE
Starbucks El Conquistador (787) 863-1000 International Very Casual 1.7 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Of course, Playa Escondida is just one of many beaches you might like in Puerto Rico.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Luquillo Beach, situated a short taxi ride away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, Playa Colora may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it a few hundred yards to the east.

Travelers may also want to consider Seven Seas Beach, located within a short distance. Seven Seas Beach is a serene protected beach that offers water and land activities to suit any taste.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Puerto Rico, and dropping by Playa Escondida is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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