Playa de vieques puerto rico: The Amazing Beaches of Vieques… One of the Islands of Puerto Rico

The Amazing Beaches of Vieques… One of the Islands of Puerto Rico

The beaches of Vieques are constantly praised and ranked among the best in the Caribbean.  You probably read this on many other destination travel guides, please give us a few minutes to tell you why the beaches in Vieques are so special.

Isla de Vieques, where you can experience beaches in the Caribbean with raw beauty, landscaped by nature alone, free of development.  Each beach is different, with sand ranging from pure white to sparkling soft black.  Isla de Vieques is the island where you hold hands with your loved one, look back to capture with your camera the only set of footprints on the beach… yours.

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Caracas Beach

Playa Caracas is one of the favorites among locals and travelers for its family friendly facilities.  Playa Caracas is located on the southern shores of Vieques.  A few years ago, Caracas was shooting location for Victoria’s Secret Swim.  
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La Chiva Beach “Blue Beach”

Endless shades of blue water offering some of the best snorkeling on the island.   Playa La Chiva has ranked among the best beaches in the Caribbean various years on Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards. 

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Escondida Beach

Perhaps the smallest beach in the world.  The perfect spot for a couple seeking to experience what it would be like having a beach created for two.  Don’t forget to bring your snorkel gear. 

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Playa La Plata

Plata translates to Silver; a perfect name for this beach with glistening bright white sand.  The crystal clear waters sparkle and the sand is super soft.  The ambiance is perfect for relaxation since not many visitors drive to the farthest east end of the island.  Each time we go, we share the beach with one of two couples, Playa Plata is one of the favorite beaches by honeymooners .  

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Playa Negrita / Negra”Black Sand Beach”

Playa Negra (Negrita) is one of the most interesting places to visit in Vieques.   The adventure begings on a short lush trail leading to a breathtaking magazine worthy scene.   No need to travel far to Hawaii to see black sand, Vieques sports one of the most beautiful black sand beaches in the world.  

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Playa Grande Beach

Playa Grande is exatly as the name suggests…grand with a dramatic landscape.  Although not a good beach for bathing, it is a brethtaking sight and good starting point for a long walk al the way to Playa Negra (during low tide).  

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Sun Bay Beach / Balneario Sombe

Sun Bay Beach, one of the best balnearios in Puerto Rico, a favorite among local families and travelers alike for its facilities and easy access.   Sun Bay offers picnic tables, camp grounds and plenty of palm trees to hang a hammock.  

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Esperanza Beach

Just another gorgeous beach in Vieques but the added charms of colorful fishermen boats, a historic pier attracting divers, snorkelers and local kids who love to plunge into the water.   Stay longer until sunset, it is the best spot to watch the daily display of colorful works of art in the sky.  

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Navio Beach

If you like body surfing, bring your boogie boards for some fun on Navio’s waves.  The colors of the water are blue and intense against white sand.  Playa Navio is popular among photographers for its hidden caves.   More about Navio Beach – Vieques Island.

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Punta Arenas Beach

Back during the Navy days, Punta Arenas was nicknamed “Green Beach” and very green it is…you’ll have to drive along a dirt trail with lush tropical flora growing wild and free.  Punta Areans offers excellent snorkeling with hidden historic treasures to explore.  A jeep is recommended to make the drive, get here early in the morning for the best conditions.  

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Mosquito Pier Beaches

The Mosquito Pier is a popular spot for divers located on the north east side of the island.   Near the pier there are a few small beaches not frequently visited but inviting and pretty indeed.  

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THE 10 BEST Isla de Vieques Beaches (with Photos)

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1. Playa La Chiva

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It is a beautiful beach on a tranquil bay — so calm and clear you can see the rays swim by your toes in five feet of…

2. Playa Caracas

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By 964philipm

Turquoise water, white powdery sand, gently lapping waves, warm water, some palm trees; this is the kind of beach see…

3. Balneario Sun Bay

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By VeronicaOfOldNorth

Sun Bay is beautiful and secluded- only a few other families were there with us along long curves of perfect beach.

4. Black Sand Beach

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By 501glorial

I went with my brother just to see the magnetite beach and it was fascinating but different from the volcanic black s…

5. Green Beach

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By lakesOminn

… used to the white sandy beaches of Florida’s gulf coast, but I LOVED the perfectly coarse, soft, golden sand here!

6. Playa Media Luna

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By reedmangreg

… it’s somewhat difficult to remember but almost every island we visited in Caribbean has a beach called Half Moon …

7. Playa Navío

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By jdubswifey

It is one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been. We just sat in the sand and enjoyed the waves. The road to…

8. La Plata Beach

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By 699PeterH699

Very calm, great views, soft sand, clear water and only a few people on this beach. This beach is about as far out as…

9. El Gallito Beach

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By bsmedmedphd

There were only a few people and horses and you can relax on the sand or in the shade. It’s near the airport and…

10. Playa Monte Santo

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By busconi

You can find shells and sea glass…particularly after a storm. So much different from the south side beaches…even…

11. Sea Glass Beach

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By memcc

Adorable peaceful little beach with some good intro-snorkeling around a sunken barge (we saw two rays, a couple of do…

12. Esperanza Beach

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By bsmedmedphd

The bugs were fierce after dark! Otherwise, a peaceful and relaxing beach. I hope you enjoy the photos I shared. *Thank…

13. Playa Grande

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By djanap2021

This beach is ‘at the end of the world’, a bit of a drive on a very bumpy road to get to, but it’s usually completely…

14. Bastimento Beach

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I offer Soul Alignment individual meetings to help people Love Their Lives! #planforamiracle…

15. Playa Pata Prieta

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Beautiful beach, calm water for swimming, decent snorkeling on left side along shore.

16. Playa Blanca Bay

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17. Bahia Icacos

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  • Alexandra E

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    One of my favorite beaches in Vieques

    I loved this beach. It has crystal blue waters and plenty of palm trees and gazebos around it for shade. You need a car, preferably a Jeep or SUV to get here. The road to get to Chiva is unpaved (gravel). On your way there, you’ll see a few numbered ‘coves’ along your right side. You can park in any of them to enter the beach. My favorite is #9.

    Review of: Playa La Chiva

    Written July 22, 2022

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  • Wanderlust

    Monroe, NY9 contributions

    Paradise on earth

    Stunning, almost private beach I’d love to visit again sometime. we took the ferry from San Juan and spent the night on the island. I wish we had allocated more time. We visited several beaches, the tiny Museum in town, It’s a Beautiful island With beautiful Horses running the island and beaches. I’m glad the US Navy was finally pushed out it’s sad to know the damage they did to the island.

    Review of: Playa Caracas

    Written September 5, 2022

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  • jlg1018

    Louisville, KY25 contributions

    Easy access beach

    Sun Bay is great for easy access to the water. The water wasn’t as clear as La Chiva and Caracas, but it was still a lot of fun and would be great for a day at the beach.

    Review of: Balneario Sun Bay

    Written June 21, 2022

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  • MSG

    Houston, TX24 contributions

    Worth the hike

    It’s about a 10 minute hike down to it. Easy hike and worth it once you arrive. Pretty place for pictures.

    Review of: Black Sand Beach

    Written August 28, 2022

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  • V B

    6 contributions

    Good snorkeling

    Warm, clear waters. Saw colorful fish, sea turtles, rays, spiny sea urchins. Road getting there is pretty bad. We went on a snorkeling tour, but were forbidden by car rental agency to take our rental to Green Beach.

    Review of: Green Beach

    Written May 14, 2022

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  • WorldTravelerDD

    Pittsburgh, PA116 contributions

    Best beach for little kids

    This is the best beach for little kids on the island. Smooth soft sand and not a lot of people. There are covered tables in a few locations, and decent snorkeling.

    Review of: Playa Media Luna

    Written January 8, 2022

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  • VaTraveler5

    163 contributions

    Pretty, remote, strong surf

    This beach is accessible down a rough dirt road with lots a thorn filled branches that swipe at the sides of a vehicle. Parking maxed out at about six cars. The beach has nice white sand, clear water and great wave action. The «caves» we’re really just worn out places one the cliff sides. Good place for body surfing and boogie boarding.

    Review of: Playa Navío

    Written December 28, 2019

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  • Peter H

    Wilmington, NC115 contributions

    Best beach we say on Vieques

    Awesome! Perfect Beach.
    Very calm, great views, soft sand, clear water and only a few people on this beach.
    This beach is about as far out as you can get on Vieques so either you drive yourself or take Vieques Island Tours Beach Bus (787-397-2048) . Most of the cabs don’t want to go out that far.

    Review of: La Plata Beach

    Written March 2, 2020

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  • William S

    Kobe, Japan1,205 contributions

    Better Beaches Available

    We stopped here following a visit to the Sugar Mill Ruins. This beach is on the Atlantic and not as nice as those on the Caribbean side of the island. The water is gorgeous and there is plenty of room and few visitors. Parking is available and it isn’t so far from Isabel. We much preferred beaches off the refuge and others on the south side.

    Review of: El Gallito Beach

    Written January 23, 2022

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  • busconi

    Wenatchee, WA5,236 contributions

    Atlantic Side Beach

    A bit rougher but a nice beach, particularly if you are into beach combing. You can find shells and sea glass…particularly after a storm. So much different from the south side beaches…even the color of the water is different. Not the best for swimming.

    Review of: Playa Monte Santo

    Written December 22, 2016

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  • VAtravelers

    Washington DC, DC29 contributions

    Mixed review

    I wasn’t in love with Sea Glass Beach, but this may have been because I stepped in fire ants on the way down to it. There’s no shade, so you’ll bake in the sun. I bailed pretty quickly, but my husband had a great time looking for sea glass and actually found quite a bit — more than I’ve ever seen at a beach, and pretty colors, too. He had to go around the first rock outcropping (on the left if you’re facing the ocean — he just climbed over, it’s 5-10 feet high) to find it.

    Review of: Sea Glass Beach

    Written June 17, 2022

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  • bsmedmedphd

    Pennsylvania1,528 contributions

    Lovely beach

    Hubby and I visited Esperanza and the beach in late afternoon/early evening during the week at the end of November. It was very quiet and the only food truck was about to close up for the day. We also explored the Malecon and Old Sugar Cane Pier (both reviewed separately) since they are right near the beach. There were few people and several boats anchored off shore. Several tourist vans arrived at dark when we were leaving, but they may have been heading to the restaurants. The bugs were fierce after dark! Otherwise, a peaceful and relaxing beach. I hope you enjoy the photos I shared.
    *Thank you for reading my review! Please click the “thumbs-up” below. 🙂

    Review of: Esperanza Beach

    Written December 1, 2019

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  • Mark S

    Burlington, VT5 contributions

    beautiful mostly quiet spot

    A big long beach that takes a beating from the daily easterlies. Shore break is rough, but some break outside when the surf is really going. Lots of natural debris, so its not pristine like, for example Caracas.

    Review of: Playa Grande

    Written June 1, 2022

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  • Sylvia DrSoul Fernandez

    San Juan, Puerto Rico9,499 contributions

    Clear blue waters! No toilets or water/food around

    I just adore the peaceful times we had here! It’s a lovely beach that sometimes has wild horses and other times wild dogs 😂🤣🙏🏼 there are small water “pools” and long stretches of water to either sides! People from Vieques don’t like coming here because the “vertedero” or trash area of the island is very close by, but the water is so clear! We came here for picnics and yoga! I offer Soul Alignment individual meetings to help people Love Their Lives! #planforamiracle

    Review of: Bastimento Beach

    Written February 19, 2020

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  • Dayna

    192 contributions

    Better than expected, would go back!

    Pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this beach. I thought it was gonna be just a pit stop to get out, see what’s there and move on. Most recs are for La Chiva and Caracas so some people don’t take the extended drive to Pata Prieta (only 10-15 min more down the road). But we stayed longer than expected. A nice half moon bay shore but you can still see out past into the ocean. Really nice sand area (soft, no seaweed chunks) and was empty when we went on a week day so we had all to ourselves. Snorkeling was fair, not the best but I still saw a bunch of fish. If I had more time, I would’ve stayed longer or gone back again on the same trip.

    Review of: Playa Pata Prieta

    Written January 28, 2022

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Frequently Asked Questions about Isla de Vieques


These places are best for beaches in Isla de Vieques:

  • Playa La Chiva
  • Playa Caracas
  • Balneario Sun Bay
  • Black Sand Beach
  • Green Beach

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These are the best places for kid-friendly beaches in Isla de Vieques:

  • Playa La Chiva
  • Playa Caracas
  • Balneario Sun Bay
  • Playa Pata Prieta
  • Black Sand Beach

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These are the best places for couples seeking beaches in Isla de Vieques:

  • Playa La Chiva
  • Playa Caracas
  • Balneario Sun Bay
  • Playa Pata Prieta
  • Black Sand Beach

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These are the best places for groups seeking beaches in Isla de Vieques:

  • Playa La Chiva
  • Playa Caracas
  • Balneario Sun Bay

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These are the best places for budget-friendly beaches in Isla de Vieques:

  • Playa La Chiva
  • Playa Caracas
  • Balneario Sun Bay
  • Playa Pata Prieta
  • Black Sand Beach

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These are the most romantic places for beaches in Isla de Vieques:

  • Playa La Chiva
  • Playa Caracas
  • Balneario Sun Bay

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Jan. 2015

Wonderful beach, untouched and far from civilization! The only way to get there is by car, and don’t forget to stock up on food and drink for the day! There is not much in the area in this regard! The island itself, unforgettable and very interesting!

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Jan. 2015

Clean white sand beach, clear water. These are all pluses
Minuses:
Without any of the usual amenities. No shower, sun loungers, any stalls, umbrellas
Accordingly, if you are not a local resident and did not arrive in your car with portable refrigerators, high chairs, water, etc. — to be salty after swimming, to lie on the sand if there are no beach towels, and to feel white envy of those who take cold water out of refrigerators and fry meat on the barbecue brought with them))

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olgaaf2015

Dominican Republic21 publication

Unforgettable Vieques and its magnificent coasts!

Jan. 2015

Wonderful beach, untouched and far from civilization! The only way to get there is by car, and don’t forget to stock up on food and drink for the day! There is not much in the area in this regard! The island itself, unforgettable and very interesting!

Published August 20, 2015

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Korean-House

Moscow, Russia62 publications

Not Ice

Jan 2015 • For two

Clean white sand beach, clear water. These are all pluses
Minuses:
Without any usual conveniences. There is no shower, sunbeds, any stalls, umbrellas
Accordingly, if you are not a local resident and did not arrive in your car with portable refrigerators, chairs, water, etc. — to be salty after swimming, to lie on the sand if there are no beach towels, and to feel white envy of those who take cold water out of refrigerators and fry meat on the barbecue brought with them))

Published January 3, 2015

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Serhei

Moscow, Russia829 publications

Nice place.

Jan. 2014 • With friends

Beautiful cozy beach in a small bay, easily accessible by car. We were there already in the evening — there were few people, white sand, clean clear water, a beautiful sunset. But in my opinion, in terms of beauty, it loses to Sun Bay.

Published April 15, 2014

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Melanie

Warrenton, Missouri, United States96 posts

It was ok

Aug. 2017 • Family vacation

There was so much seaweed, we moved to another beach. There were good waves. The water was beautiful.

Translation: PROMT

Published August 3, 2017

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Jenny W

Duluth34 publications

I think this was our favorite beach. Maybe.

July 2017 • Family vacation

Beautiful beach, calm water, very fine sand. This is a beautiful beach. But go see a few other beaches. It was delicious!

Translation: PROMT

Published August 3, 2017

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Calla R

9 posts

Incredible!

July 2017 • For two

We visited this beach on our last day in Vieques and wish we knew it before. It’s incredible! Beautiful white sand, clean water, plenty of parking space! It’s really wonderful. Of all the beaches we visited on the reserve, this one was by far our favorite. Go there!

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Published August 1, 2017

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reinaldotravel

San Juan, Puerto Rico50 publications

Lovely

July 2017 • Solo travel

Very beautiful white sand beach but no, lots of places to hide under the shade. Come early to get a good seat.

Published July 30, 2017

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Sandra M

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico290 publications

Beautiful beach easier to get to than other beaches in the area.

Published July 26, 2017

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Bujakabujaka

Aarhus, Denmark, Europe4 publications

Beautiful beach

July 2017 • For two

Beautiful beach with white sand and clear blue water. It’s a 15 minute drive from Esperanza and it’s way better than the more nearby beaches — definitely worth the trip/bus excursion.

Published July 24, 2017

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Another wonderful beach.

July 2017 • Family vacation

This was probably the most crowded beach we have visited, the locals told us it was cloudy but we disagreed! Lovely beach and great day!

Published July 21, 2017

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    The cuisine of Vieques traces its history back to the traditional dishes of the Arawak and Taino Indians. Of course, there are differences in cooking, because in the cuisine of the Indians grains, root vegetables, seafood prevailed, and in Puerto Rican, or, as the locals call it, “cosina-criolha”, there are many dishes from meat, legumes, rice, wheat with the addition of vegetable oils, especially olive. This indicates the influence of Spanish cooking traditions, and the presence of herbs, okra and taro — the influence of African traditions. And, of course, the island is not complete without local coffee and rum — a kind of pride of Puerto Rico.

    Do you prefer meat? If so, try carne guisada puertoricana, a beef stew with peppers, onions, garlic, potatoes, and olives. Sancocho is another type of stew. Good and pastellon-de-carne — pies stuffed with meat. Eat a mixture of pork and ham in a pot, Creole veal, fried brains or kidneys, stuffed tongue, barbecue pork or suckling pig with fried bananas. If you prefer poultry meat, then take chicken with rice or chicken with sweet and sour sauce. The classic of local restaurants is paella. But a dish with small hot snacks, bacalaitos, is usually served here before the main meal. Copyright www.orangesmile.com

    Soups play an important role in Puerto Rican cuisine. Try black bean frijoles negros or sopon de pollo con arros, chicken soup with rice. Each chef prepares fish sopon de pescado in his own way. Galician broth is a soup with pork, white beans, ham and cabbage leaves. Under the long name «sopon de garbanos con patas de serdo» hides a soup with pork, nuts, pumpkin, sausages and vegetables. Asopao is okra soup. Azopao de gandules — pea soup. Azopao de pollo is a soup with chicken, okra, ham and vegetables. Also interesting is the cold avocado soup.

    Fish and seafood lovers have something to try in Vieques. Here and baked crabs with vegetables, and fried fish with a sauce of olive oil and spices, and «drunk» shrimp, and lobster soup, and dried cod, which is subsequently used as an ingredient for various dishes. The local cuisine uses a lot of spices and spices, which makes the dishes bright and gives them a rich aroma. There is always local bread, rich buns and white queso blanco cheese on the table. You can also have a snack with rich surillitos or hearty pies with different fillings — emandillas. Espanyola — maize tortillas with potatoes and onions.

    Although the island of Vieques is only the second largest after Puerto Rico, the beaches here, if not better, are definitely not inferior in quality and beauty. Here you will find a place for every taste and color. The island is famous for its stunning coastlines — «like a postcard» — among which are the beaches of Blue Beach, Caracas Beach, Secret Beach, Malecon, Green Beach, Navio Beach and Playa Negra Beach.

    Playa Negra Beach — a black sand beach — deserves a separate word. Yes, if Vieques can be called the pearl of the Caribbean, then Black Sand is worthy of the title of black pearl — both for the rarity, and for the remoteness of the location, and for the true black color of the coating. The beach is located in the southwest, a few kilometers from Esperanza. You can reach it only on your own two feet. The reward for a long journey will be a stunning view of the secluded coast, framed by weighty cliffs. By the way, the beach becomes black due to the presence of a volcanic mineral — so will your beach towel, be prepared.

    Mosquito Bay is a local curiosity that recently entered the Guinness Book of Records. Mosquito is a bioluminescent bay, the brightest of the existing ones and the largest of its kind. In the local waters, for every liter, there are hundreds of thousands of microscopic dinoflagellates, which, as they move, emit a blue-green light, creating an unrealistic picture of what is happening. By the way, there are several such luminous bays around Vieques, but Mosquito is much brighter than all of them put together.

    Hombre de Puerto Ferro is an archaeological site in the southern part of the island, located 2 km northeast of the Balneario San Bay. This area is a small clearing with granite boulders arranged in a chaotic manner. The oldest burial place was also found here — the found skeleton of a man is about four thousand years old!

    According to research, the found skeleton belonged to a representative of an archaic Indian tribe that inhabited the area in prehistoric times and was the earliest people of the Antilles group. You can also see the skeleton itself — to do this, visit the Fort de Vieques Museum. By the way, the secret of the boulders located in the clearing above the burial has not been revealed: to this day it is not known how these huge stones got here and, most importantly, from where.

    The fastest way to get to the island of Vieques is from the capital of Puerto Rico, the city of San Juan. The so-called air taxis will take you to the island in just ten minutes. Regular flights to the island are also carried out by conventional, large aircraft — the flight lasts about half an hour. And, finally, the ferry becomes the most budgetary option for moving, but first you need to arrive at the port of Faiardo on the mainland of the country — ships leave for Vieques every day from here.

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    The Arecibo Observatory is located in a mountainous region, the main value of which is the world’s oldest radio telescope. It still continues to function and is used to study space objects. Recently, the Museum of Science and Space was opened at the observatory, which tells visitors about the latest achievements of scientists. Be sure to visit the nearby caves of Rio Camai and the Ceremonial Park, which was founded 800 years ago by the Taino Indians.

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