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."

Located in the vicinity of Fajardo, Playa Escondida is on the North West coast of Puerto Rico. You might want even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of Puerto Rico's beaches, but Playa Escondida offers those same relaxation qualities without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

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, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North West coast of Puerto Rico. It's located near Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of the local attractions.

If you want more information on the history of Puerto Rico, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. The nearest historical attraction is Fuerte San Geronimo, which is a little ways away from the coast, but is well within reach if you've got a car.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 near Fajardo, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Tourists at Playa Escondida who are looking for other interesting places to see might want to consider heading over to Fajardo, because it's in the vicinity and is an area full of activity. From the shore, Fajardo is not far away, maybe three miles (five kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Visitors will find a pretty nice variety of rooming options to choose from in the area that surrounds the beach. The most convenient of which can be seen in the table that follows.

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 during your visit you start getting hungry, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you don't have to go far from these sands. One of the nearest restaurants is The House of Pastelillos. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and Latin American menu items. They are also famous for their hamburgers and seafood.

The table below lists dining options located 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 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, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Puerto Rico, so Playa Escondida is not your only option.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Luquillo Beach, situated a quick car or cab ride away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, Playa Colora may be just what you're looking for. It's located a few hundred yards to the east.

Another location you may want to try is Seven Seas Beach, which is located within a couple of miles. Seven Seas Beach is a serene protected beach that offers water and land activities to suit any taste.

Perhaps Playa Escondida is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, Puerto Rico offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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