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 edge of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Although you'll make many choices while on vacation, choosing a suitable beach may be one of the more important things you do. Before you arrive, consider some of Puerto Rico's most interesting 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.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Esperanza Beach. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to see the underwater world.

Don't forget that the area surrounding Esperanza Beach is a popular spot, meaning the availability of certain services is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This spot is on the South West coast of Vieques; the area hosts attractions such as Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

Historical attractions like Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques provide a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Esperanza Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Puerto Rico, without having to venture too far from the coast.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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

The closest town is Fajardo, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the shore, Vieques Town is not far away, maybe four miles (seven kilometers).

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. Esperanza Beach is not located near many major hotels, but you may encounter guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Because the beach is in a fairly popular tourist area, it typically isn't a great challenge to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. For guests looking to find a place that's on or near the water, the following table shows the accommodation options closest 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
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

Food

Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without having to go far. One of the nearest places to eat is Restaurante Bili. The restaurant serves delicious Creole cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their sandwiches and tapas.

The table below provides a list of places to eat near this beach.

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

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Esperanza Beach on Vieques.

Vacationers may also want to visit El Gallito, located fairly close-by, which means a short cab ride will get you here pretty easily.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Puerto Rico, but Esperanza Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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