La Chiva

Part of the National Wildlife Refuge on the island of Vieques, Blue Beach is so named for the striking blue waters off the coast. The waters are teeming with playful fish, making it a great location for snorkeling, turtles nest here, and birds are around in abundance. Even local wildlife agrees that Blue Beach is the best place for a day on the shore.

Located on the island of Vieques, La Chiva is on the South East edge of the island, You might want whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. This beach is not just another beach attraction, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches in Puerto Rico. While La Chiva may be a little more trouble to reach, it allows travelers to truly relax and claim their own space on the beach.

How to Access The Beach

From the entrance of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, travel for 3.5 miles towards the coast. The trip is marked by signs, but not that the road is rough, and only all terrain vehicles are recommended.

Amenities and Ambiance

Formed into a 1.5 mile crescent, Blue Beach features white sand and calm turquoise waters. Gazebos line the shore, which is backed by thickly forested land. Not far off shore there is a small cay that makes for pretty pictures from the beach. Swimmers should stay away from the island though, as bombs and military weapons have been found near and on the island.

One of the most useful amenities are the picnic facilities.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

Beach-goers who are planning to take advantage of the conveniences extended here, will be thankful; La Chiva happens to be found in an area which is generally free of many crowds. Thanks to this, you will generally find all amenities open to use, not having been scooped up by others.

What's Nearby


La Chiva is on the South East coast of Vieques; it will be near other attractions like Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

Historic attractions, including Fortín Conde De Mirasol, offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of La Chiva, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Puerto Rico, without straying too far from the coastline. Actually, this shore will be found only a short taxi ride away from this interesting historical site.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near La Chiva
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.7 WSW Vieques
Fortín Conde De Mirasol Historical Site 4.2 NW Vieques
Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery Art Gallery 4.5 NW Vieques
Punta Mulas Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.8 NW Vieques
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust Museum 5.9 W Vieques

Cities and Towns

La Chiva is near Vieques Town, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Vieques Town is the closest city and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the shore, Vieques Town is just up the road, maybe four and a half miles (seven kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. The area is not home to many major hotels, but you may meet visitors from smaller accommodations in the area.

Beach-goers trying to find a hotel room close to the beach won't find it that difficult, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from in the surrounding area. You'll find the closest and most convenient lodging options by viewing what's shown in the table below.

Accommodations near La Chiva
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hector's by the Sea -- -- B & B
Seagate Hotel 3.9 mi. NW Hotel
Hix Island House -- -- Lodge
Casa De Amistad 4.4 mi. NW Hotel
Arabor Suites 4.5 mi. NW Hotel
Vieques Ocean View Hotel 4.6 mi. NW Hotel
Casa La Lanchita 4.6 mi. NW Hotel
Bravo Beach Hotel 4.7 mi. NW Hotel
Crow's Nest 5.2 mi. W Hotel
W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island -- -- Resort


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at La Chiva; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest places to eat is Sol Food. This restaurant serves both Creole and International dishes on the menu.

A few nearby dining options are shown below.

Restaurants near La Chiva
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Sol Food -- Creole, International Very Casual 3.4 mi. W
Bieke's Bistro (787) 741-6381 Argentenian, Caribbean -- 4.3 mi. NW
El Patio Restaurant (787) 741-6381 Creole Very Casual 4.3 mi. NW
Deli La Viequense (787) 741-8213 International Very Casual 4.3 mi. NW
Sabores Restaurant (787) 741-7000 Creole Informal 4.4 mi. NW
Yerbabuena Y Mas Health Food Store (787) 567-4158 -- -- 4.4 mi. NW
Arena Mar Sunbays Cafe (787) 741-0200 International Very Casual -- --
El Quenepo (787) 741-1215 Spanish Fine Dining -- --
Hacienda Tropico (787) 741-4000 -- -- -- --
La Central (787) 741-1457 -- -- -- --
Mucho Gusto Restaurant (787) 741-3300 Creole Informal -- --
Posada Vista Mar Restaurant (787) 741-5052 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Vieques, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Naguabo Beach, found 22 and a half miles to the west. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Secret Beach offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to nearby attractions. It's located three quarters of a mile to the east-northeast.

Vacationers may also want to visit Esperanza Beach, which is located six miles away.

La Chiva could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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