Playa el Cocal, Coco Beach
Swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, sunbathing
I don't recall seeing any trash at all here.
The water is crystal clear and beautiful
This is a southside beach on the western edge of the Esperanza neighborhood.
By car, go west out of Esperanza on Calle Flamboyan (Rte 997) passing the Vieques Guest House on the right. Less than 1/4 mile farther you will be able to the see the gray modern building of the hotel El Encantada. There is a white/green boat in the empty lot on your right. Turn left toward the water immediately on the dirt road. You will be on the eastern (left) edge of the hotel property with a chain link fence on your right. Drive down the road to the end, find a place to park, and hike on down to the beach. The car will be out of view of the beach so the standard cautions apply (no valuables left in the car, leave it unlocked).
(We accessed this beach by kayak, by paddling west out of Esperanza Bay along the shore. It’s literally “just around the corner” from Esperanza, and easy to land a kayak or paddleboard on the sand.)
Coconut beach is a wild beach just west of Barrio Esperanza.
In the entire two hours we were here, we saw one person on the beach, far down the strand from us. At the west end there is a small cliff and large boulders that have fallen into the water. It makes for beautiful views as the waves break on the rocks. As you go toward the east, there is a line of coconut trees along the beach, in varied condition based on what Mother Nature has done to them in the past. It’s a wonderful vision of the tropics. We also found some nice sea glass there.
There is shade under the many coconut palms along this shore.