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“Encountered pack of dogs...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach
La Boca, Puerto Rico
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Type: Beaches
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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Encountered pack of dogs...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

I have been to Vieques several times. I finally visited Black Sand Beach on November 9th. I went early in the morning and had no trouble finding the road, the bridge, and parking next to it. Parking is limited to 3-4 cars tops... so this beach will never get crowded. It was an easy hike to the beach... it seems it had rained hard the week before and that had cleaned the trail, which is also a small river bed. It was now dry and clean almost all the way to the beach.

There was some black sand near the entrance. It accumulates there and it is remarkable, as it is heavier and finer than regular sand. If you haven't seen black sand before, then that makes the visit worthwhile. There are cliffs to either side and zen rock art left by previous visitors which make for interesting photo ops. I imagine watching the sunset here must be very romantic, but then you will have to hike the trail back in near darkness...

By Vieques standards, the beach itself is average. There are some rocks near the entrance. There is surf and relatively low visibility in the water. The beach improves somewhat as you walk to the right, to the western end.

When I was about to leave, I found a pack of three medium-sized dogs had arrived on the trail. I waited for them to move from the trail and unto the beach at large... then I tried to exit. One of the dogs came back to stand in the middle of the trail and block my way out! It growled and barked and became very territorial. I backed off and waited for the dogs to eventually go back and leave the beach. Fortunately, I did not have to wait too long.

I suggest you bring a can of pepper-spray... just in case. Make sure you test fire it once before you actually need to use it. The single entrance to the beach is also your one exit...

Visited November 2013
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Norfolk, Virginia
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“Nice and Rare”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The Beach is nice, but all the Beaches in Vieques are nice so there is nothing different other than the sand has some kind on minerals on it that makes it Black, but in Sandiego I went to black Beach and it was as nice and bigger so nothing spectacular on this beach, other than not alot of people pestering you and the water is KRISTAL Clear.

Visited September 2013
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“Black sand!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

Very remote beach. You walk approximately 15 minutes. The beach is beautiful clear water and black sand. You must do it!!!

Visited September 2013
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Asheville
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“If you can get to it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We took a little bit crazy river hike to get down to it (local showed us the way). But it was just gorgeous. Looked like SoCal a bit with the cliffs. No one on it and could stroll forever and see the incredible scenery. Not a swimming beach more for walking and looking. Worth the time to get to it. Felt like your own deserted island.

Visited July 2013
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Douglasville, Georgia
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“Worth the trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Difficult to find! Head out of Esperanza West. At the first impass go right. Cross over bridge, park, and go under the bridge. Its a nice sandy walk through the vegetation (which we saw about 6 wild horses),however, at the end of the path leads into an absolutely gorgeous beach with crystal aqua blue water, crashing waves, and black sand. I have never seen black sand so it was definitely worth the walk to get there!

Visited August 2013
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