Esperanza Beach

Set on the south side of Isla de Vieques in El Malecón is a favorite beach amongst locals with families: Playa Esperanza. The each is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as well as holidays, and it available for all to use at no fee. While their are no facilities on shore, off shore serves as the perfect place for a plethora of water activities, from your basic swimming to snorkeling and kayaking.

Set on the island of Vieques, Esperanza Beach is on the South West edge of the island, You should consider dropping by whether or not you are staying nearby. Although travel usually involves making dozens of little decisions, choosing a beach that suits your family could be one of the most important. Puerto Rico is full of fun options, like Esperanza Beach.

How to Access The Beach
Playa Esperanza is located about an hour outside of San Juan. Head west on Route 22 and exit at #46 where you will go north on Road 686. 686 dead end at 685, where you will go left. Take a right onto 616 until it dead ends. There, you will find a dirt road that leads right to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Looking out over the waters of Esperanza Beach gives you quite a view. The sand is powder white, and the waters are a bright blue and so clear you can see to the bottom for a decent distance off shore. There is an old fishing pier, Muelle de la Caña, which brings on feelings of nostalgia for days gone by, and to the right of that you can see Monte Pirata on the horizon. Colorful fishing boats float in the distance, and behind them you can see another small island called Cayo Afuera, which can be accessed from Esperanza by kayak.

As you walk down the beach, the color of the sand begins to darken until it has turned fully black. Upon the shores, driftwood, sea glass, and debris can be found in abundance.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Esperanza Beach. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

Esperanza Beach as well as its available amenities are of course located inside a major tourist area. Taking that into consideration, if these amenities influence your decision, it will be a good cause to make it earlier in the day prior to when the other people show up or go to a different beach further away. If you wait around, you could risk all those comforts being already claimed by other guests.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South West coast of Vieques; it will be near other attractions like Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, which is not very far away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

If you're intrigued by Puerto Rico's history, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques, which is one of the closest places of historical interest to Esperanza Beach.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Esperanza Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum 0.1 WNW Vieques
Esperanza Archaeological Museum Museum 1.6 W Vieques
Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques Historical Site 3.2 W Vieques
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.2 E Vieques
Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 4.2 NNE Vieques

Cities and Towns

Esperanza Beach is very close to Isabel Segunda, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The city of Isabel Segunda is close-by and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the shore, Isabel Segunda is just up the road, maybe four miles (seven kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how packed the nearby hotels are. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may see visitors staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Visitors trying to find a room near Esperanza Beach won't find it very difficult, as there are plenty of resorts and hotels to pick from close-by. Find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by looking over those shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Esperanza Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Bananas Guesthouse 0.1 mi. WNW Hostel
Malecon House 0.2 mi. WNW Guest house
Trade Winds Guesthouse 0.3 mi. WNW Guest house
Esperanza Inn 0.3 mi. WNW Hotel
Casa de Tortuga 0.3 mi. NW Guest house
Villa Coral Guesthouse 0.6 mi. NW Guest house
Inn On The Blue Horizon 0.9 mi. W Hotel
Hacienda Tamarindo 1.0 mi. WNW Hotel
The Great Escape 1.7 mi. N B & B
La Finca Caribe Guest House and Cottages 2.3 mi. NW Lodge


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Restaurante Bili. The restaurant serves delicious Creole cuisine. They also specialize in sandwiches and tapas.

Nearby restaurants are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Esperanza Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Restaurante Bili (787) 741-1382 Creole Very Casual 0.1 mi. WNW
Bananas Restaurant (787) 741-8700 Eclectic, International Very Casual 0.1 mi. WNW
La Gran Parada (787) 529-3272 Caribbean, Creole Informal -- --
Duffy's (787) 741-7600 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. WNW
Lazy Jack's (787) 741-1447 International Very Casual 0.2 mi. WNW
The Steakhouse at Orquideas (787) 741-1864 International Informal 0.2 mi. WNW
Belly Button's (787) 741-3336 Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. WNW
La Dulce Esperanza (787) 741-0085 International Very Casual -- --
Trade Winds Restaurant (787) 741-8666 International Informal 0.3 mi. WNW
Tito Bloque (787) 741-2142 Creole Very Casual -- --
Blue Moon Bar & Grill (787) 741-3318 American, Creole Informal 0.9 mi. W
Carambola Island Restaurant (787) 741-3318 Caribbean, Fusion Informal 0.9 mi. W

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Vieques, so if Esperanza Beach doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

You may also enjoy El Gallito, which is located three and a half miles to the north.

There's plenty to see and do in Puerto Rico, and paying a visit to Esperanza Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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