Beachcombing, sightseeing, sunbathing
Since the post-Maria beach clean-up, this beach has remained quite clean.
The water is beautiful crystal clear Caribbean blue.
From Esperanza, go west toward Colmado Robin (a small store & bar on the right side of the road). Stop for supplies, or just drive on by until you get to the T; turn left onto 201.
Follow it around past Oro Vieques and Playa Negra and keep going west past the Vieques Gun Club. Enjoy the views on the way.
When you reach the next T in the road, take another left and follow the road downhill to Playa Grande, turning right onto the road along the beach. Park in the widened pullout areas.
NOTE: until recently, the road stopped just past the bridge. Now, the entire road is open (starting in March ’19).
Controlled by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Playa Grande is a mile long, gently curving strand of golden sand which is fully exposed to the expanse of the Caribbean Sea.
Because of that, 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.
There is some shade here, under the coconut palms.