Playa Branca

A remote beach in the remote region of an outlying Puerto Rican island; you can be that Playa Branca will grant you some privacy. The soft sand bordered on both sides by rock cliffs offers sunny days and plenty of fun to those able to make the trip.

Set on the island of Vieques, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. This beach is not just another beautiful natural attraction, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in Puerto Rico. While Playa Branca may be a little harder to reach, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.

How to Access The Beach
While Playa Branca is accessible by car, you will need to drive down dirt roads for quite some time through the dense Vieques National Willife Refuge. Luckily, since it is in the wildlife refuge, a ranger should be able to give you up-to-date information on the best route to take.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

If you usually prefer shores that bring guests a peaceful experience, then think about trying out Playa Branca; it's located within a much quieter section of the region.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the East coast of Vieques; it will be near other attractions like Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, which is ten miles to the west.

Historic attractions, including Fortín Conde De Mirasol, offer a nice compliment to a soothing day at Playa Branca, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Puerto Rico's past, without venturing too far from the coast. As a matter of fact, this site can be found ten and a half miles to the west of this site of historical significance.

If you can't wait to see as many of Puerto Rico's attractions as possible, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Branca
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse Lighthouse 9.9 W Vieques
Fortín Conde De Mirasol Historical Site 10.5 W Vieques
Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 10.8 W Vieques
Punta Mulas Lighthouse Lighthouse 10.8 W Vieques
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum 13.1 W Vieques

Cities and Towns

Playa Branca is outside the city, with its closest urban neighbor being Fajardo. Considering that the middle of the city is 27 and a half miles from this beach, you may need to drive a bit to reach this beach.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how full the nearby hotels are.

You shouldn't anticipate finding any of Puerto Rico's large resorts and hotels close to this beach, but if you're looking to avoid masses of vacationers, the lack of accommodation options will certainly be a pleasant sight.


There aren't any restaurants near this beach, so you may choose to plan a picnic for your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Of course, Playa Branca is just one of many beaches you might like on Vieques.

You might also enjoy Naguabo Beach, situated 29 miles away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might enjoy people watching at Bahia Salinas. You'll find it one and an eighth miles to the west.

You might also want to visit El Gallito, located a quick cab ride away.

While Puerto Rico has many alluring attractions, Playa Branca is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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