Playa Grande

Playa Grande is a mile long beach on the south coast of Isla de Vieques. The lack of coral reef makes the waters that wash ashore too rough for more swimmers, but this beach can be a great place to get some peace and quiet while doing a little beach combing.

Positioned near the middle of the island of Vieques, Playa Grande is on the South West edge of the island, You might want to drop by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Even if you love being in the middle of all the action, there are some perks to visiting a beach that isn't overly lined with restaurants and beach bars; relatively untouched parts of the coast like Playa Grande are perfect for getting away from it all.

How to Access The Beach
Playa Grande Beach is two miles west of Esperanza on Route 996. The road ends in a junction near an abandoned guard house, and the road to the left leads to the beach. A small parking lot is available. Note that the dirt road is rough, and a vehicle with good suspension such as a jeep is recommended.

Amenities and Ambiance

Running on either side of a mangrove lagoon, Playa Grande features rough deep blue waters. The sands are coarse and filled with broken shells and pieces of coral. While much of the beach is tan colored, there is an intriguing section of black sand.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Playa Grande grants an idyllic and serene enclave, as the surrounding area is more rural than urban.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South West coast of Vieques. It's located near Esperanza Archaeological Museum, which is among the favorite local destinations.

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

If a visit to the Playa Grande isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Grande
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Esperanza Archaeological Museum Museum 0.7 ENE Vieques
Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques Historical Site 0.9 W Vieques
Abandoned Bunkers Historical Site 2.1 WNW Vieques
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum 2.2 E Vieques
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse Lighthouse 5.5 E Vieques

Cities and Towns

The town of Isabel Segunda is close-by and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the coast, Isabel Segunda is found maybe six miles (nine and a half kilometers) away.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. There are not many major hotels nearby, but you may encounter visitors from some of the area's smaller options.

Because this beach is located in a relatively popular vacation spot, it typically isn't that tough to find just the right type of hotel close-by. For those looking to get a place that's near the water, the table that follows shows the accommodations closest to Playa Grande.

Accommodations near Playa Grande
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hacienda Tamarindo 1.4 mi. ENE Hotel
Inn On The Blue Horizon 1.5 mi. E Hotel
La Finca Caribe Guest House and Cottages 2.0 mi. NNE Lodge
Casa de Tortuga 2.1 mi. E Guest house
Trade Winds Guesthouse 2.1 mi. E Guest house
Villa Coral Guesthouse 2.1 mi. ENE Guest house
Esperanza Inn 2.1 mi. E Hotel
Malecon House 2.1 mi. E Guest house
Bananas Guesthouse 2.2 mi. E Hostel
The Great Escape 3.1 mi. NE B & B


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you try a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without having to go far. One of the nearest restaurants is Carambola Island Restaurant. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and Fusion menu items. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Playa Grande
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Carambola Island Restaurant (787) 741-3318 Caribbean, Fusion Informal 1.5 mi. E
Blue Moon Bar & Grill (787) 741-3318 American, Creole Informal 1.5 mi. E
Chez Shack (787) 741-2175 International Very Casual 1.6 mi. NNE
Trade Winds Restaurant (787) 741-8666 International Informal 2.1 mi. E
La Dulce Esperanza (787) 741-0085 International Very Casual -- --
Belly Button's (787) 741-3336 Caribbean Very Casual 2.1 mi. E
Lazy Jack's (787) 741-1447 International Very Casual 2.1 mi. E
The Steakhouse at Orquideas (787) 741-1864 International Informal 2.1 mi. E
Tito Bloque (787) 741-2142 Creole Very Casual -- --
Duffy's (787) 741-7600 American, Caribbean Very Casual 2.2 mi. E
Bananas Restaurant (787) 741-8700 Eclectic, International Very Casual 2.2 mi. E
Restaurante Bili (787) 741-1382 Creole Very Casual 2.3 mi. E

Other Beaches

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

Another location you might enjoy is Naguabo Beach, found 15 and a half miles to the west-northwest. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might find that Mosquito Beach Pier is just right. It's found three miles to the north.

Another option worth considering is Esperanza Beach, which is located two and a half miles to the east.

Playa Grande could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, Puerto Rico offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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