Vieques is a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico, known for its bioluminescent bay, free-roaming horses and beautiful beaches. There is not a single traffic light on the island and life runs at a different pace on “island time”. 

On the south of the island, a short drive from the town of Esperanza, and a short walk on the road is “Playa Negra” or “Black Sand Beach” which is known for it’s black sand and rust-colored cliffs. I wore a white halterneck bikini from Melissa Odabash that fit with the otherworldly landscape around us.

– How to Get to Black Sand Beach – 

Getting to Black Sand Beach is easy. First, go to the town of Esperanza. From there, follow the main road west (Highway 997) and when it splits, go left. A short drive from there, you will pass “Playa Negra” sign on the left. Park your golf cart, scooter or SUV (3 preferred ways to get around the island) around the bend and hike down the stairs by the sign. 10-15 minute hike through the jungle (the path itself is cleared and was fairly easy to follow when we were there) and you have arrived at Black Sand Beach! Be aware that during the rainy season (summer-fall) this path can turns into a full-fledged stream.

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– What to Wear at Black Sand Beach- 

I channeled my inner Beyonce and wore a white bikini from Melissa Odabash, whose swimwear designs remind me of California sunshine. I typically gravitate towards lots of color in my swimwear but I loved this white piece as it stood in stark contrast to the black sand.


Swimsuit: “Athens” White Halterneck Bikini by Melissa Odabash

– More White Bikini Inspiration – 

Maxim channeled his inner “Beach Bum” for this look 🙂


– Black Sand Beach Views –

These photos speak for themselves! Black Sand Beach is a must-visit destination when you are in Vieques.

– More Black Sand Beach Inspiration – 

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