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.

Located on the island of Vieques, Playa Grande is on the South West edge of the island, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying nearby. When you need to spend the afternoon away from tourist-filled hotspots, you might want to plan a visit to Playa Grande.

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

If you find that you choose sunny days that offer a peaceful place to escape, then you should enjoy Playa Grande; it's found within a less urbanized section of the region.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South West coast of Vieques; it will be near other attractions like Esperanza Archaeological Museum, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you want more information on the history of Puerto Rico, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. One of the nearest historical attractions is Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques, which is one of the closest historical destinations to Playa Grande.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in Puerto Rico. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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

Isabel Segunda is the closest town and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From the shore, Isabel Segunda is located roughly six miles (nine and a half kilometers) away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. The area does not have very many large hotels, but you may encounter guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Guests seeking a place to stay close to Playa Grande should find themselves in luck, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to pick from nearby. You'll find the closest and most convenient lodging options by perusing what's shown in the table that follows.

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


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is Carambola Island Restaurant. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and Fusion menu items. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

There are multiple beaches to discover on Vieques, of course, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You might also enjoy Naguabo Beach, found 15 and a half miles to the west-northwest. Others might prefer Mosquito Beach Pier, which could provide more action, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's found three miles to the north.

Another option worth considering is Esperanza Beach, which is located within a short distance.

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


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