Vieques' Black Sand Beach
Vieques is filled with beautiful beaches, but off the beaten track is the black sand beach. Magnatite, an organic volcanic mineral washes from the hillside during rains to creates the black sand. Surrounded by clay cliffs and a clear blue sky that engulfs the beautiful black sand, this beach is not easy to get to but certainly worth the hike.
To get to the Black Sand Beach head west, away from Esperanza on 201 until you come to a small overpass (yellow guard rail) right before Gallery Galleon. The overpass goes over the dry river bed, this is where you will begin your hike. Just follow the dry river bed South toward the ocean until you reach the beach! (a little under a half mile)
Wild Horses of Vieques
Paso Fino Horses, brought by the Spanish, run free in Vieques, most are actually owned by locals but enjoy the island life of freedom and nature.
El Fortin Conde de Mirasol
The historic fort is now a history and art museum where you can learn all about Vieques history. Open Wed - Sun from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. For information call 787-741-1717.
Punta Mulas Lighthouse
The lighthouse is just east of the Isabel Segunda Ferry Dock. It is closed, however the grounds are open weekdays from 7 am to 3 pm. For information call 787-741-5030.
The open air Ecumenical Chapel is just west of Mosquito Pier. Built as a symbol of peace, it is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and a large lawn with beachfront gazebos.
Hombre de Puerto Ferro
Marked by a sign off 997, east of Esperanza, is the burial site of the Indian know as "Hombre de Puerto Ferro". The 4000 year old skeleton was found buried in the center of the large rocks.
Legend has it that when you are ready to make a great change, touch the rocks and the "Hombre" will guide you in the new direction.
400 year Old Ceiba Tree
West of the airport on the road to Green Beach lies one of Vieques' natural wonders, the 400 year old Ceiba tree. The Ceiba is the national tree of Puerto Rico.
Roosters do not fight to the death and fights are regulated. Winners are chosen by judges before the birds are harmed. Sunday afternoons at Gallera Puerto Real.
"We've heard tell that cock fights are matches to the death, a fact that we find pretty abhorrent, but to be honest that is not what we saw. We watched two rounds and in each, one of the roosters became submissive and the two birds were quickly separated. Is this the norm? We don't know. What we do know is that we were welcome guests witnessing a well tolerated local custom."
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