La Plata / Platita


Alternate name:
Silver Beach (Navy name), Orchid Beach?
Good for:
Families, all kinds of beach activities, including kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, swimming, etc.

Sand Type/Color:
Pure White Caribbean sand
Platita could use a little cleanup above the dunes
Water Quality: 
Crystal clear water, sometimes has sargassum seaweed

Playa La Plata, like many others, is a southside beach accessed off Route 997, but it requires a bit of persistence to get there. Enter the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge at Garcia Gate and drive straight until the road changes to gravel, then drive some more. Eventually, the road will fork to the right and come up over a rise where you will see the water and the numbered signs on the right. This is La Chiva.
To get to La Plata, continue down the gravel road until you see a left turn across from beach entrance #12 – this is the road to La Plata/Platita & Escondida. A quarter mile down this road there is a sign showing a left fork to La Plata & Platita, which is another 1/4 mile down a rough, rocky road. Golf carts are not recommended on this road.
Park at any of the numbered entrances (21-26). To get to Platita, park toward the higher numbers and note the small rock outcropping on the left side of the beach. Wade through the water around this mini-point, to Platita.

Playa La Plata is a Southside beach that is similar to parts of La Chiva, only it is smaller and more remote. In fact, it uses the same beach entrance numbering scheme, picking up where La Chiva left off.

It’s got beautiful white sand, but may have a little seaweed from time to time. La Plata is a small cove within the larger cove of Ensenada Honda. In addition, there is Platita, which is a smaller beach you can wade to (in about chest deep water) around a small outcropping. Platita has a series of rock statues that you can enjoy or even contribute to the art and has calm water that is nice for sitting in and relaxing. The water at La Plata is calm and shallow, making it a fine beach for families, and because it’s so remote, there are never more than a few people here.

There is some shade up in the trees off the sand.