Blue Beach (Navy name)
Swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, sunbathing, beachwalking
Cabana at #10, Bathroom at #4 and another one on the main road before it turns to gravel
White sand, very natural with fan corals and other natural debris from time to time.
The water is usually crystal clear but occasionally too much seaweed can cloud it up.
La Chiva is a very long southside beach accessed off Route 997. Enter the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge at Garcia Gate and drive straight until the road changes to gravel, then drive some more. Eventually, the road will fork to the right and come up over a rise where you will see the water and the numbered signs on the right, starting with #1. These are entrance points for parking and access to the beaches. Find one that suits you and enjoy.
La Chiva #9 & #10 are both good swimming and snorkeling spots. #9 has a reef just off the beach and #10 is at the point straight across from the Cayo. From there, you can snorkel out to the reef at the Cayo*, sunbathe, or just stand in the shallow, calm water with a cool drink. It’s one of the most popular spots at La Chiva, but rarely is too busy to have fun. All of La Chiva is in a very natural state with some fan coral washed up on shore, and vines growing up on the sand. It’s a great beach for a long walk and a variety of activities.
* Note that it is illegal to walk on the Cayo for safety reasons, but it’s fine to snorkel in the water. Also, snorkeling all the way around the Cayo is advised only for strong swimmers in good conditions. The currents can be strong on the outside.