Playa Escondida


Good for:
Relaxing in a quiet place, possibly launching a kayak or paddleboard

Sand Type/Color:
White Caribbean sand
Water Quality: 
Clear water, but it usually has lots of sargassum weed

Playa Escondida is a southside beach accessed off Route 997. 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 Escondida, continue down the gravel road until you see a left turn between #’s 13 & 14 – this is the road to Escondida. A quarter mile down this road there is a sign showing the right turn to Escondida, which is only another 500 feet, but over and down a steep ridge. There is a small parking area here. Golf carts are not recommended on this road, it is rough and steep.

Playa Escondida is a Southside beach that takes “all natural” to a level beyond even La Chiva.

It’s got nice white sand, but it is covered with whatever Mother Nature wanted to deliver that day, which may include seaweed, ocean trash, driftwood, etc. On rare occasions it may be quite clear. It is a small cove that looks directly into the prevailing trade winds, causing it at times to gather enormous amounts of sargassum seaweed. If that’s the case, swimming can be undesirable. You could still launch a paddleboard or kayak here, and it is always a nice quiet place to get away from it all.

There is not much shade here so plan accordingly.