Beachcombing, sightseeing, sunbathing
Since the post-Maria beach clean-up, this beach has remained quite clean.
The water is beautiful crystal clear Caribbean blue.
Controlled by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Playa Grande is a mile long, slightly curving strand of golden sand which is fully exposed to the expanse of the Caribbean Sea.
Because of that, the surf is often big and sometimes dangerous, making this beach better for walking, sunbathing, and sightseeing than swimming or other watersports. Playa Grande is full of pure, raw beauty and definitely worth the trip.
Even though it’s all exposed to the same wind and waves, this beach almost has two different personalities. If you stay right on the road as you approach the water, it goes on and on toward the west. The beach is almost straight, long, wild and beautiful. You can stay on the road and take it all the way to the end, until the road starts to curve away from the water. Or, you can park in any pullout area and just hit the beach.
Another option is to park right away when you see the beach and walk toward the left (east) toward Playa Negra. This area is less traveled (actually the entire beach is only lightly used) and a bit more interesting to us. Both are beautiful.
There is some shade in various places, under the coconut palms.