There is much to do within walking distance from the villa. Take a stroll on the beach in the morning and see the sun rise over the laguna at the end of the beach.
Swim with the sea turtles directly in front of the villa or snorkel the reef at the end of the beach or in the laguna.
Bring your beach tennis racket if you would like to join one of the pickup games on the beach.
Or you can take a longer walk down to the end of Cibuco.
As you see, there are a lot of options to enjoy within walking distance.
Great family beach – snorkeling (sea turtles love to swim here), unique lagoon ideal for young children, kayak rentals, food trucks, locals love this beach!
Breathtaking views of sea caves on the Atlantic. If you are in good condition, you might consider climbing into some of them. Cost to enter the area is $5 per person. Hike over the rock formations to a secluded beach on the other side.
Beautiful beach. Nice wave action. Must be careful of the surf condition. You may park at the shelter area, or continue a bit further down the road. Just pull off the road to park. Be careful not to go into the sand as you could get stuck. Picturesque crystal clear water and light colored sand.
One of our amazing local beaches. Take a small (0.5 mile) hike on a trail (you might need to ask the beach attendant where to find the trail as it is hidden by a large rock when you are on the beach) to a secluded beach with a cave where you can watch the waves come into the cave from the inside. This is difficult to explain without experiencing it.
From the house, walk west on the Malecon to the first intersection, San Demetrio. Turn left and proceed a few blocks. Ocean Bakery serves delicious breakfast and lunches as well as homemade desserts.
About halfway down the Malecon from Ensueño, SiSi makes artisan pastelillos. Hours vary. SiSi loves visitors and will tell you all you want to know about Vega Baja. Tell her Megan and John sent you!
Food truck kiddy-corner across the street from Costa Norte. Really great pinchos (kabobs). Shrimp, pork or chicken. Icy cold virgin piña coladas. Tell Polo that Megan sent you!
Find the menu in the top drawer in the bar cabinet. You may call ahead for your order. You can take your delicious meal back to the terrace and enjoy the oceanside. Costa Norte has the best mojitos on the island!
The atmosphere is nothing to brag about, but the food is fantastic! Family owned and run restaurant. The owner visited us, and told us, “If it is not on the menu, but we have the ingredients, we will make it for you.” Outstanding food.
Green food truck just down from Costa Norte. Fresh seafood and other dishes. I highly recommend the mixed seafood salad. The prices may appear a bit steep for a food truck, but the portions are large.
Havana Beach Club is my favorite restaurant in Vega Baja for a special night out. Fresh seafood and Puerto Rican dishes served ocean side. They have a nice selection of tropical drinks and excellent service.
12 miles of hiking and mountain biking paths. Google “Acceso Área Recreativa Tortuguero” park and head towards the shelter. You will find the trailhead close to the shelter. This is a dense jungle, with very nice walking/biking paths. I recommend walking during the week as on the weekends, there are many bikers.
Exit Ensueño and turn left. Pass the beach (Puerto Nuevo) and keep hugging the coastline road. The road will dead end at the Havana Beach Club. Do not be alarmed by the stray dogs and horses. They have never paid attention to us. You will see what we call “The Puerto Rican Safari” stray dogs and horses. Many locals walk this route in the early morning.