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.

Situated near the heart of the island of Vieques, 1.1 miles west of Esperanza, Playa Negra is on the West-Southwest edge of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

If you happen to favor coasts that offer visitors a calm environment, then you may want to try Playa Negra; it is back in a more natural area of Vieques.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the West-Southwest coast of Vieques. It is near some interesting sites like Esperanza Archaeological Museum, which is one of a number of attractions close-by.

If you want to learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. For instance, nearby is Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques, which is one of the closest historical attractions to Playa Negra.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

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

Vieques Town is the closest town and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the beach, Vieques Town is not far away, maybe five miles (eight kilometers).

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how packed the nearby hotels are. This spot is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to visitors from smaller accommodations in the area.

Travelers hoping to find a room close to the beach won't find it that difficult, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to pick from close-by. You will find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by looking over what's listed in the table below.

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

Food

If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest restaurants is Carambola Island Restaurant. This restaurant has both Caribbean and Fusion cuisines. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below lists nearby restaurants.

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

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Vieques, so Playa Negra is not your only option.

You may also enjoy Esperanza Beach, which is located one and a quarter miles to the east.

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

 

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