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.
Set near the heart of the island of Vieques, Playa Grande is on the South West coast of the island, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. Even active vacationers with jam-packed itineraries will discover advantages to finding a beach that isn't lined with high-rise hotels; the lovely, less-traveled shores of beaches like Playa Grande are perfect when you need a break from the typical tourist scene.
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.
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.
Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.
Playa Grande brings guests an idyllic and serene experience, as the region surrounding the beach is not heavily urbanized.
Playa Grande is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South West coast of Vieques; it's located near attractions like, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.
History-focused attractions such asare a great compliment to the natural beauty of Playa Grande, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Puerto Rico, without venturing too far from the coast.
Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.
|Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust||Museum||2.2||E||Vieques|
Nearby, you'll find the town of, which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From Playa Grande, Vieques Town is a little ways off, maybe six miles (nine and a half kilometers) away.
The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it's often visited by visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.
Since this beach is in a pretty touristed area, it is not typically that difficult to find the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you and your party are wanting to find a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table shows the accommodations closest to Playa Grande.
|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|
|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 walk to a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the closest places to eat is Carambola Island Restaurant. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and Fusion menu items. 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.
A few nearby dining options are provided in the following table.
|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|
|(787) 741-0085||International||Very Casual||--||--|
|(787) 741-3336||Caribbean||Very Casual||2.1 mi.||E|
|(787) 741-1447||International||Very Casual||2.1 mi.||E|
|The Steakhouse at Orquideas||(787) 741-1864||International||Informal||2.1 mi.||E|
|(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|
|(787) 741-1382||Creole||Very Casual||2.3 mi.||E|
Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Vieques besides Playa Grande.
If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Naguabo Beach, situated 15 and a half miles to the west-northwest. On the other hand, Mosquito Beach Pier could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from additional things to do and see nearby. It's located three miles to the north.
You might also want to visit Esperanza Beach, located two and a half miles to the east.
Of course, Puerto Rico has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Playa Grande is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.
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