Located on the southern coast of the island-municipality of Vieques, the town of Esperanza is a popular destination for visitors looking for a relaxed setting in which to grab a bite, get a drink or enjoy the beach.
The area’s main attraction is El Malecón, a sun-drenched promenade that stretches along the coast and offers uninterrupted views to the bay and the vast Caribbean Sea. Adjacent to El Malecón lies Esperanza beach with its soft sand and panorama of nearby cays. You could spend a whole afternoon basking in the sun, watching local fisherman as they bring in their catch and sailboats as they set out to sea.
An interesting stop while touring Esperanza is the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, a small museum dedicated to promoting the safekeeping of the island’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Historical artifacts and informative exhibits illustrate – along with the friendly staff – the benefits of maintaining an ecologically sound environment.
Shops, guesthouses, restaurants and bars also line the Esperanza strip, providing weary travelers with the chance to recharge their batteries before continuing to explore the island.
With so much to do in this small slice of land, it’s enough to make any trip to Vieques worthwhile.