Playa Vaca - NOW OPEN!


Alternate name:
Playa Vieja?
Good for:
Exploring, Beachcombing, Swimming

Sand Type/Color:
Light golden soft sand
No people means very little trash, except what washes up from storms
Water Quality: 
Perfectly clear Caribbean blue

First, go to Playa Grande. To do that, 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 Playa Negra and Oro Vieques (previously Gallery Galleon) 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. Until recently, the road stopped just past the bridge, but now, the road is open the whole length of Playa Grande and beyond. Keep going.

Continue on the Playa Grande beach road as it curves away from the shore into the jungle. At the next T, turn left and follow the road to the end. There is parking here.


We don’t really know the true name of this beach, but it’s just past Punta Vaca (cow point) and when our friend called it Playa Vaca, that seemed right. We were later told that it may be called Playa Vieja (Old Beach). It’s almost always deserted because it’s so far out, but it’s not as deserted as it was when we used to hike the 1 1/2 miles each way from the Sugar Mill ruins. Now, the road is open and is in decent shape.

The beach itself is a natural beauty, nicer even than Playa Grande in our opinion. Beautiful blue water, great beachcombing, coconut trees and rocks to climb, tidal pools to explore, the fun goes on and on. We haven’t done it yet, but you can conceivably continue walking this beach and climbing the rocks to the west, eventually ending up at Punta Arenas 3-4 miles away around the western end of the island.