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Some of the Best Hikes in Vieques

Hiking is a favorite pastime of many of our guests here at Esperanza Inn. Not only does it give people a chance to escape a busy, connected world online, but it grants them a chance to see things they can't on the mainland.

The hikes that are close to the Esperanza Inn are some of the most beautiful trails in the world. These hikes will take you through the forest underpasses of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, through mill ruins, and on the shores of popular beaches. Using this guide will help you decide which hikes are for you, and which ones you can skip out on.

Cayo de Tierra

Distance: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

This hike is incredibly close to Esperanza. It's only to the south, and it's incredibly hard to miss, as it extends out on the peninsula to a lookout point. The hike is incredibly short, but that doesn't mean that it isn't worth checking out.

It has a gorgeous view of the ocean. It makes for great bird watching--particularly of waterfowl. You can even take your dog on the trail so they can enjoy some light exercise. Because it's relatively close to the inn, there's no reason you shouldn't make the trek. It's so close!

Playa Negra Trail

Difficulty: Easy

This one is especially easy. The reason why we didn't put a distance on this trail is because it can really be as long as you want. The trail leads to the Black Sand Beach, and extends along the shoreline across a precarious-looking ravine.

While you may want to look out for falling rocks occasionally, the hike is perfectly safe and a great place to take your dog, children, or spouse. It makes a great beginner hike for those who aren't fit. Not only that, but you can see some beautiful, unique-colored sand as you walk. This hike is pretty close to the Esperanza Inn as well, so add it to your list of must-do's. You won't regret the visit.

Sugar Mill Ruins

Distance: 2 miles
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate

Instead of heading to the east side of the island, the sugar mill ruins will send you trekking on the western half. The Sugar Mill Ruins trail is incredibly fascinating and unlike any other hike you've probably done before. Not only do you have the chance to walk through the tropical forest, but you will get to walk through the ruins of an old sugar plantation.

The historical building was closed in the 1940s, and has been overgrown with tropical vegetation. You can also learn the history from tour guides if you are interested. It's not a particularly hard hike.

Dogs are not recommended.

You should leave the building as untouched as possible. Do not remove artifacts from the landmark. Keep it historical and respect it to the best of your ability.

Cerro Playuela

Distance: 2 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

So far, you've had the chance to walk to a scenic lookout with a lighthouse, on black sand beaches, and through historical ruins. Now you'll have a chance to hike the wild forests of Vieques.

This hike takes place in the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge near Caracas Beach. You will be guided through dense forests, to cliffs and beach lookouts. You may see wildflowers as you trek. The trail is accessible year-round, and is one that people like to do multiple times to find different lookout points.

Dogs are allowed on this trail.

Hiking in Vieques is one of the best ways to spend your time. Each one of these hikes is something that sets it apart from any other hike that you can do.

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