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."

Set in the vicinity of Fajardo, Playa Escondida is on the North West coast of Puerto Rico. You might want whether or not you are staying very close. Puerto Rico's beaches are hardly known for being secluded, however, Playa Escondida is tamer than most, which offers some middle ground to those who'd prefer to stay out of the busiest areas.

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, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

What's Nearby


Playa Escondida is on the North West coast of Puerto Rico. It's located near Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, which is situated a mile and a half to the east, and it is one of the attractions in the vicinity.

If you're intrigued by Puerto Rico's history, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. The nearest historical attraction is Fuerte San Geronimo, which is 29 and a half miles away.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby 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
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 is very close to Fajardo, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Tourists at Playa Escondida who are seeking other opportunities for exploration should think about going to Fajardo, which is in the vicinity and is a particularly bustling part of Puerto Rico. From the coast, Fajardo is not far away, roughly three miles (five kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a reasonably varied selection of lodgings within driving distance. A few of the more convenient options are displayed in the table below.

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


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you eat at an area restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to go far. One of the nearest restaurants is The House of Pastelillos. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and Latin American dishes on the menu. They also specialize in hamburgers and seafood.

Nearby restaurant options are shown below.

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 Bar And Grill (787) 863-3664 Caribbean, Creole Informal 1.0 mi. SSE
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

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Puerto Rico, so Playa Escondida is not your only option.

Another location you might enjoy is Luquillo Beach, located a short taxi ride away. Others might prefer Playa Colora, which could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. It's located a few hundred yards to the east.

Another option worth considering is Seven Seas Beach, located a mile to the east-southeast. Seven Seas Beach is a serene protected beach that offers water and land activities to suit any taste.

Puerto Rico offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and dropping by Playa Escondida is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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