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.

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.

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.

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.

What's Nearby

Attractions

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 Esperanza Archaeological Museum, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

History-focused attractions such as Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques are 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.

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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Vieques Town, 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.

Hotels

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.

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

Food

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.

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

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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