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 coast of the island, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying very close.

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, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Playa Negra offers an idyllic and tranquil getaway, thanks to the fact that the area surrounding the beach is free of city-life and traffic.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the West-Southwest coast of Vieques. It's located near Esperanza Archaeological Museum, which is one of a number of attractions in the area.

If you're intrigued by Puerto Rico's history, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. The nearest historical attraction is Sugar Mill Ruins Vieques, which is one of the closest sites of historical significance near Playa Negra.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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

Playa Negra is in the Isabel Segunda area, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The city of Isabel Segunda is close-by and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the coast, Isabel Segunda is a quick trip away, maybe five miles (eight kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors seeking a room not far from Playa Negra shouldn't find it that tough, as there is no shortage of hotels and resorts to choose from in the immediate vicinity. Find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over those shown in the table that follows.

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 places to eat is Carambola Island Restaurant. The restaurant has both Caribbean and Fusion cuisines. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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

There are multiple beaches to discover on Vieques, of course, and Playa Negra is just one option.

Travelers may also want to consider Esperanza Beach, located only a short distance away.

There's plenty to see and do in Puerto Rico, and dropping by Playa Negra is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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