Playa Negra

An oddity on the island of Vieques is Playa Negra -- which as you may be able to surmise from the name is a black sand beach. The interesting thing is that just some of the sand is black, giving it an even more unique appearance. Be aware that it does take some work and planning to get to this beach, and if you don't enjoy hiking you may want to make plans for a day at another beach.

Located on the island of Vieques, 1.1 miles west of Esperanza, Playa Negra is on the West-Southwest edge of the island, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity.

How to Access The Beach
In order to get to this beach, park on Route 201 at KM 7. There is a gaurdrail there that has a sign directing visitors to the tail leading to Playa Negra. From there, follow the trail. It can be tough and you will have to walk through a bit of flowing water.

Amenities and Ambiance

Backed by beige cliffs and fed into by a stream, Playa Negra has plenty of shells and natural debris on the shore, making it great for those who enjoy beach combing. Because of the hike it takes to get here, there is never crowd.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

If you happen to favor beach days which provide a quiet experience, then maybe head on over to Playa Negra; it's tucked away in a much quieter section of the region.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West-Southwest coast of Vieques; this area boasts other attractions such as Esperanza Archaeological Museum, which is one of the closest attractions.

Historical attractions such as Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Playa Negra, and allow visitors to learn more about Puerto Rico, without having to stray too far from the beach.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Negra
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Esperanza Archaeological Museum Museum 0.3 W Vieques
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum 1.2 E Vieques
Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques Historical Site 1.9 W Vieques
Abandoned Bunkers Historical Site 3.1 W Vieques
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.4 E Vieques

Cities and Towns

Isabel Segunda is nearby and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the coast, Isabel Segunda isn't far off, roughly five miles (eight kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full the nearby hotels are. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can appeal to guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Since this beach is located in a pretty popular vacation destination, it shouldn't be all that tough to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you're wanting to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table lists the closest accommodation options to Playa Negra.

Accommodations near Playa Negra
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Inn On The Blue Horizon 0.4 mi. E Hotel
Hacienda Tamarindo 0.4 mi. NE Hotel
Casa de Tortuga 1.0 mi. E Guest house
Villa Coral Guesthouse 1.0 mi. ENE Guest house
Trade Winds Guesthouse 1.0 mi. E Guest house
Esperanza Inn 1.0 mi. E Hotel
Malecon House 1.0 mi. E Guest house
Bananas Guesthouse 1.2 mi. E Hostel
La Finca Caribe Guest House and Cottages 1.6 mi. N Lodge
The Great Escape 2.2 mi. NE B & B


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest restaurants is Carambola Island Restaurant. This restaurant serves both Caribbean and Fusion dishes on the menu. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Playa Negra
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Carambola Island Restaurant (787) 741-3318 Caribbean, Fusion Informal 0.4 mi. E
Blue Moon Bar & Grill (787) 741-3318 American, Creole Informal 0.4 mi. E
Trade Winds Restaurant (787) 741-8666 International Informal 1.0 mi. E
La Dulce Esperanza (787) 741-0085 International Very Casual -- --
Belly Button's (787) 741-3336 Caribbean Very Casual 1.1 mi. E
Tito Bloque (787) 741-2142 Creole Very Casual -- --
Lazy Jack's (787) 741-1447 International Very Casual 1.1 mi. E
The Steakhouse at Orquideas (787) 741-1864 International Informal 1.1 mi. E
Duffy's (787) 741-7600 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.2 mi. E
Bananas Restaurant (787) 741-8700 Eclectic, International Very Casual 1.2 mi. E
Restaurante Bili (787) 741-1382 Creole Very Casual 1.2 mi. E
Chez Shack (787) 741-2175 International Very Casual 1.2 mi. N

Other Beaches

Vacationers searching for the perfect beach on Vieques will have lots of options besides Playa Negra.

Vacationers may also want to visit Esperanza Beach, located one and a quarter miles away.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Puerto Rico, but Playa Negra is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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