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.

Situated on the island of Vieques, La Chiva is on the South East coast of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. This beach is not just a pleasant attraction, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches in Puerto Rico. While La Chiva might be a bit off the beaten path, it permits unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

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.

Lots of visitors make use of the picnic tables at La Chiva, where you can park your belongings for the afternoon, or set up a quick lunch.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

the area surrounding La Chiva is not exactly a tourism capital. With this in mind, the availability of some facilities likely won't be decreased.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the South East coast of Vieques; the area hosts attractions such as Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

If you're interested in mixing some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust. This museum is located a quick taxi trip away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never get bored. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Isabel Segunda, which is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the beach, Isabel Segunda is a fairly short distance away, maybe four and a half miles (seven kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it can appeal to guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Because the beach is in a relatively popular tourist area, it shouldn't be that difficult to find the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you and your party are looking to find a place that's near the ocean, the following table shows the accommodation options closest to La Chiva.

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
Ababor 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

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest places to eat is Sol Food. The restaurant offers both Creole and International menu items.

The table below lists places to eat near this beach.

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

Vieques has many nice beaches, so if La Chiva doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

You might also enjoy 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. You'll find it three quarters of a mile to the east-northeast.

You may also want to consider Esperanza Beach, located reasonably close-by, which means a quick cab ride is an easy option.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Puerto Rico, and dropping by La Chiva is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.

 

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