Playas Media Luna & Navio


If it's isolation you’re after, head east on the sandy road that runs along Sun Bay and you’ll enter a low forest. Go left at the fork in the road. In a couple of hundred yards, you’ll stumble upon Playa Media Luna, a protected, shady beach that is excellent for kids. Beyond that is Playa Navio, where bigger waves are the domain of bodysurfers.

Both of these beaches served as sets in the 1961 film version of the famous William Golding novel The Lord of the Flies. If you climb the rocks at the west end of Playa Navio, you’ll find a path along the shore with petrified clams and corals.

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1. Sun Bay

0.73 MILES

Part of Puerto Rico's national park system, this half-moon-shaped bay, less than a half-mile east of Esperanza, is the island’s balneario (public beach),…

2. Bahía Mosquito

0.81 MILES

Locals claim that the magnificent Bahía Mosquito (Mosquito Bay), a designated wildlife preserve located on the island of Vieques, about 2 miles east of…

3. Cayo de Tierra

1.03 MILES

A teardrop of land between the malecón and Sun Bay reached by a slender sandspit (or by wading, if storms have washed it out), Cayo de Tierra has a few…

4. Playa Esperanza

1.42 MILES

This slender beach runs the length of Esperanza. Its advantages are its spectacular views and the fact it's within shouting distance of the town’s hopping…

5. Cayo Afuera

1.43 MILES

This uninhabited pinprick of land lies a few hundred feet across the bay from Playa Esperanza. Part of the Mosquito Bay Reserve, many intrepid locals swim…

8. Vieques National Wildlife Refuge

2.25 MILES

Lying within these protected confines are the best reasons to visit Vieques. This 18,000-acre refuge occupies the land formerly used by the US military…