Vieques is a Caribbean island off Puerto Rico's eastern coast. It's known for boat tours of Bioluminescent Bay (or Mosquito Bay), where microorganisms give the water a blue-green glow. It also offers secluded beaches and snorkeling. Wild horses roam the countryside, much of which is preserved as the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. The Fuerte de Vieques is a mid-19th-century Spanish fort and museum.
Isla de Vieques is one of the last destinations that truly remains like the Caribbean of the past; quiet, lush, uncrowded, with unmatched natural beauty. As you explore the island, you’ll pass elegant Paso Fino horses roaming free. In Vieques there are no traffic lights, driving in Vieques is a pleasurable experience, narrow roads lead to breathtaking scenic spots, charming colorful towns, and beaches naturally landscaped free of development. Be warned, once you step foot on the beaches of Vieques, you’ll be spoiled for life.
Black Sand Beach
You don’t have to fly all the way over to Hawaii to appreciate and experience what it feels to sink your toes on black sand, the island of Vieques was blessed with black sand beaches too. Areas on the island like Monte Pirata are volcanic and some of this amazing volcanic material is washed down through a quebrada (stream) during heavy rains which ends up at this beach on the island. You’ll see a little black sand on other beaches around the island such as Playa Cofi on the north coast and Punta Arenas Beach on the far west end of the island but not as much as you see here at Playa Negra.
This beach is the whole package…clear blue waters, tall palm trees, lush tropical landscape, and facilities. Sun Bay is the most accessible and family friendly beach. If you stay in Esperanza, it’s an easy walk from Esperanza beach. When you enter the parking lot, you’ll be greeted with paso fino horses elegantly grazing on the grounds.