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.

Located on the island of Vieques, Esperanza Beach is on the South West coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying very close. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of Puerto Rico's beaches, but at Esperanza Beach, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without sacrificing a fun and social atmosphere.

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.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Esperanza Beach. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

Esperanza Beach plus its choice of comforts are of course found well within a popular area that can get crowded. As such, if you know that the amenities are a crucial feature, it'll be a good cause to get there earlier in the morning before most of the other people show up or going to a beach further away. Otherwise, it's possible you may not be able to use all the services that the beach offers its guests.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Beachgoers will find Esperanza Beach on the South West coast of Vieques. It is close to Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, which is found a few hundred yards to the west-northwest, and it is one of a number of attractions in the area.

Historic attractions, including Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques, offer the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Esperanza Beach, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Puerto Rico's past.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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 as part of your day at the beach. Isabel Segunda is the closest city and is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From Esperanza Beach, Isabel Segunda is a quick trip away, about four miles (seven kilometers).

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Because the beach is in a relatively touristed area, it is not usually much of a challenge to find the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you are looking to get a place that's near the ocean, the table that follows shows the closest accommodation options to Esperanza Beach.

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
Villa Coral Guesthouse 0.6 mi. NW Guest house
Inn On The Blue Horizon 0.9 mi. W Hotel
Hacienda Tamarindo 1.0 mi. W Hotel
The Great Escape 1.7 mi. N B & B
La Finca Caribe Guest House and Cottages 2.3 mi. NW Lodge
W Retreat 3.4 mi. N Villa complex

Food

If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. El Quenepo is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant features Spanish cuisine. They also specialize in seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's only a short distance away.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Esperanza Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Quenepo (787) 741-1215 Spanish Fine Dining 0.0 mi. NNE
Restaurante Bili (787) 402-0357 Creole Very Casual 0.1 mi. WNW
Bananas Restaurant (787) 718-6349 Eclectic, International Very Casual 0.1 mi. WNW
Duffy's (787) 435-6585 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. WNW
Trade Winds Restaurant (787) 672-9927 International Informal 0.3 mi. WNW
Tin Box (787) 435-6064 -- -- 1.4 mi. N
Chez Shack (787) 435-6064 International Very Casual 2.0 mi. NW
Bieke's Bistro (787) 556-6855 Argentenian, Caribbean -- 4.1 mi. NNE
Deli La Viequense (787) 741-8213 International Very Casual 4.2 mi. NNE
Arena Mar Sunbays Cafe (787) 741-0200 International Very Casual -- --
La Central (787) 741-1457 -- -- -- --
Roy's Coffee Lounge (787) 741-0685 American Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Vieques has many beaches, so Esperanza Beach is not your only option.

Another option worth considering is El Gallito, which is located not too far away, meaning a quick ride in a taxi will get you here pretty easily.

Puerto Rico offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Esperanza Beach is just one of the many options.

 

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