Destination guide

Discover the Puerto Rican paradise of Esperanza

Perched along the southern coast of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, Esperanza serves up a relaxed scene for vacations with family and friends. The coastal side of this laid-back town, known as "The Strip," is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, thanks in part to the old sugar cane pier that provides picture-perfect views of colorful boats bobbing in the impossibly blue water, and beyond to Monte Pirata, the island's highest peak. Looking for the perfect place to stay? Esperanza vacation rentals, many set just steps from the sand, are just the thing.

Things to do

Cultural delights in Esperanza

While a stay in an Esperanza vacation rental typically involves a great deal of sun and sand, there are culture fixes to be had by those who want them. The ruins of Casa del Francés, a plantation house built in the early 1900s, offer a peek into the island's past – as does a trip to the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust, a small but fascinating museum with the added bonus of starfish touch pools for the kids. In Isabel Segunda, around a 15-minute drive from Esperanza, the elegantly restored Count Mirasol Fort boasts a small archeology museum and various art exhibits.


Enjoy a relaxed pace in Esperanza

The pace of life in Esperanza is delightfully slow, with a notable absence of the nightlife found elsewhere. You can explore this pretty coastal town on foot, perhaps stopping to enjoy a bowl of arroz con dulce, a traditional dish of sticky rice cooked in ginger and coconut, at one of the restaurants along the way. Along the strip, you'll find the work of local artists proudly displayed for sale, while at low tide, you can walk along the shoreline to Playa Grande Beach and Laguna. Evenings in Esperanza bring the chance to head out on a dazzling bioluminescent tour of Mosquito Bay.


Seasonal appeal in Esperanza

Although temperatures in Vieques hover around 80 all year round, demand for vacation homes is at its highest during the high season of mid-December through to mid-May. Holidays such as Christmas and Easter are particularly popular, so it pays to book your preferred home as far in advance as possible. On the flip side, the best deals on Esperanza vacation rentals are often found during the low seasons of mid-April to mid-June and August through November, the latter because of the arrival of hurricane season in the Caribbean. July offers a great compromise – affordable rental rates, sunny days and a much smaller chance of rain.

Natural features

Natural wonders near Esperanza

East of Esperanza lies almost 15,000 acres of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge – one of Puerto Rico's largest protected reserves. Venture inside this sprawling mass of verdant greenery to find a forested inner heart surrounded by powder-soft sandy beaches and a sensational coral-fringed coastline. Trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding meander through the reserve, serving up an idyllic setting for a little downtime. Both shore and kayak fishing can be enjoyed, while the reserve's pretty cays, some of the most scenic on the island, offer the chance to dive, swim and snorkel among a colorful array of marine life.

How to get there

How to get to and around Esperanza

The nearest airport is in Vieques (VQS-Antonio Rivera Rodriguez), located 2.5 mi (4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Culebra (CPX-Benjamin Rivera Noriega), which is 18.6 mi (29.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Esperanza?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 191 vacation rentals near Esperanza. From 102 Houses to 19 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Esperanza for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Esperanza?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Esperanza:

  • Vilomar: 95 vacation rentals
  • Las Croabas: 30 vacation rentals
  • Bravos de Boston: 65 vacation rentals
  • Villa Borinquen: 95 vacation rentals
  • La Pared: 80 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Esperanza?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Esperanza. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Esperanza Malecon: 276 vacation rentals
  • Luis Pena Island: 272 vacation rentals
  • Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco): 257 vacation rentals
  • El Conquistador Golf Course: 551 vacation rentals
  • Black Sand Beach: 256 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Esperanza listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Esperanza?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 102 Houses in Esperanza. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Esperanza include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 19 rentals available
  • Villas: 42 rentals available
  • Cabins: 5 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Esperanza?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 109 vacation rentals with pool available in Esperanza. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.