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 near the center of the island of Vieques, La Chiva is on the South East edge of the island, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. La Chiva is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's perfect for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Most other beaches in Puerto Rico offer views of the sea that are just as pretty, but are usually more cramped because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

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.

You'll be able to use picnic tables at this beach, which make beach dining less messy, and are good spots for lounging.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

Beach-goers who plan to take full advantage of the comforts offered here, are in luck; La Chiva happens to be situated in an area that is rarely overpopulated. As such, it doesn't matter the part of the day you show up, since there's a small chance you have to contend with possible other visitors who will also want access to the comforts that are there.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the South East coast of Vieques. It is near some interesting sites like Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, which is close enough that guests will have the choice to walk or take a cab, and it is among the area's attractions.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust (positioned six miles away) offer an entertaining diversion and help visitors understand Puerto Rico's interesting past.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, you'll find the closest ones 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

The closest town is Fajardo, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, Isabel Segunda isn't far off, maybe four and a half miles (seven kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may meet visitors staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Since this beach is located in a pretty popular vacation spot, it shouldn't be very difficult to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. For guests hoping to find a place that's on or near the ocean, the table that follows lists the closest accommodations 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

Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to visit a local restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is Sol Food. The restaurant has both Creole and International menu items.

The following table provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

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

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them will have other options if La Chiva doesn't suit their tastes.

You might also enjoy Naguabo Beach, situated 22 and a half miles to the west. More active guests, though, may be interested in Secret Beach, which could provide more action, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. It's found three quarters of a mile to the east-northeast.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Esperanza Beach, located six miles away.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Puerto Rico, but taking a swim at La Chiva is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.

 

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