One of the Best Beaches in Vieques & Voted one of the Best in the Caribbean

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If you love taking long walks on the beach, if you love clear waters and snorkeling, if you want breathtaking scenery and a feeling of big open spaces in nature, then you can’t miss visiting the amazing beach of La Chiva.

The waters at La Chiva Beach are perfection.  Starting at the west end of the La Chiva, the tones are a deeper turquoise with tones of navy blue on the horizon.  The first few stops at La Chiva are great spot for those that want the most solitude since most beach goers head to the other end to snorkel.

As you begin to walk to the east end of the beach, the tones get lighter, by the time you get to parking spot 15 the waters are crystal clear almost like glass on a clear day with no clouds.

The eastern part of Playa La Chiva - Vieques, Puerto Rico

West End – Playa La Chiva, Vieques, Puerto Rico

West end of Playa La Chiva "Blue Beach" in Vieques, Puerto Rico

Afternoon shower just passing by… Still beautiful

Afternoon shower passing by La Chiva Beach - Vieques, Puerto Rico

La Chiva Beach - Previously known as Blue Beach - Vieques, Puerto Rico

La Chiva is like a canvas of blue colors, a photographers dream. The water is very clear with grass beds scattered here and there where schools of colorful fish love to play.  The waves are very gentle and small during the winter months, perfect for small children. During the summer months the waters become even more clear and calmer making snorkeling even more enjoyable.

La Chiva Beach is great for snorkeling, so bring lots of sunscreen to reload every few hours because you may want to spend an entire day exploring the underwater world. The best spots for snorkeling are along the rocky areas and near the small cay at the end of the road (pictured below on page).

Snorkelers at La Chiva Beach - Vieques, Puerto Rico

La Chiva Beach earned the coveted Traveler’s Choice 2013 on the category Top 25 Beaches of the Caribbean.  Come and find out why for yourself, we think you’ll agree.


View of La Chiva Beach / Blue Beach - One of Caribbean's Best

View from the end of the road towards La Chiva Beach – Vieques, Puerto Rico

Blue Beach is very long, the perfect beach for long walks, the photo above was taken right at the very end of the road. From this spot you will be able to admire the natural beauty of the island with it’s abundant lush green flora.  If you are not in a hurry, drive all the way to the end, you’ll be able to appreciate and see the Caribbean the way nature intended it to be.

Drive to the end of the road for magnificent views of La Chiva, you can see the entire length of the beach.

Views of Playa La Chiva "Blue Beach" - Vieques, Puerto Rico

From there you can access a beautiful small cay, the waters between the cay and the main island are very shallow.  Right off from the cay you can enjoy good snorkeling along the north side of the small cay and the rocky side shore around the shores. We recommend you book a snorkeling tour, they’ll take you to the best spots.


Facilities at La Chiva / Blue Beach

Gazebo at La Chiva Beach - Vieques, Puerto Rico

  • The Vieques National Wildlife Refuge has built gazebos perfectly positioned embraced by lush greens and million dollar views.
  • Trash bins
  • Restrooms are available at the entrance of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.
vieques-navy-danger-areasBe sure to stay away from La Chiva Island and it’s surrounding waters.   La Chiva Beach has been declared safe for use and many visitors have enjoyed it safely, just stay off La Chiva Island. It is prohibited to enter this area for the risk of unexploded ordnance.

Don’t let this scare you, you’ll enjoy this beach and have a wonderful time, just use common safety precautions and stay away from closed areas. Click on the picture on right for a larger photo to see location of La Chiva Island.

Getting Here / Directions

La Chiva is inside the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge on the south side of the island on the Caribbean Sea.  The roads leading to La Chiva are covered in gravel and you can travel here by scooter or car.

Map of La Chiva Beach – Vieques, Puerto Rico

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La Chiva Beach, Vieques, Puerto Rico 18.112959, -65.389445 (Directions)

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