Vieques has some amazing beaches- some of the best swimming and sunbathing beaches I’ve seen. My main focus while on Vieques was to relax so there were a lot of picnic lunches on the beach, reading War and Peace in my beach chair, and frolicking in the crystal clear turquoise waters. Here are some of my favorite beaches in Vieques:
My favorite beach that we visited was La Chiva, also known as Blue Beach. This was the first beach we went to and I just loved it. We parked our Jeep at entry #8- there are 20 separate entry points and plopped down in the sand.
So few people!!!
Lunch in the sand:
Later we would regret not finding a shady spot to seek refuge from the sun. The water was amazing and La Chiva was a fantastic beach to walk along the shore line. The water at points is not deep for quite a while so swimmers can wade out and just float.
It was pouring rain on the other side of the island where our VRBO condo rental was located but no bad weather over here!
La Chiva on our second trip there: a shady spot near #11!
In the distance is a restricted area where the US Military detonated bombs and landmines for practice and while most of it has been cleaned up and the land protected, there are a few off-shore spots that are off-limits. Vieques has quite the interesting history.
Don’t snorkel out to the island:
Caracas Beach was our Day 2 beach pick. Shade was limited here so we did not stay that long. But it was gorgeous and slightly more crowded (although that could have been because it was a Sunday and a lot of local families head to the beach).
Yes, I know, crowded in Vieques is not crowded most places!
Playa Negra is a black sand beach that involves a short hike to the water. We didn’t end up doing the hike but next time we are in Vieques, it is on!
Be careful driving around: there are a lot of “wild” horses on the sides of the road! All of the horses have owners but you wouldn’t know that by the numbers of them just hanging out all over the place.
Sun Bay Beach was my second favorite beach spot. It costs $3 to park but it was not crowded a tall (on a Monday) and we found a nice tree to park ourselves beneath.
With my peanut butter sandwich:
The swimming and beach strolling was fantastic here too.
Sea Glass Beach was near our VRBO condo in Isabel II. Mom found a lot of seaglass walking the shoreline. But it was a bit rocky here so the swimming wasn’t the greatest.
Playa Esperanza was my least favorite beach we visited but probably the most conveniently located. The second biggest town in Vieques is Esperanza and the beach is located across the street from the main shopping and restaurant locations. When I come to Vieques again, I will be staying in Esperanza!
Esperanza and Sun Bay are also very close to Mosquito Bay- the Bioluminescent Bay that is the one must-see in Vieques. Single-celled Dinoflagellates produce a burst of light when the come into contact with other things like your kayak paddle or hand. They are impossible to catch on an iPhone so I do not have any great photos.
Nor does anyone else seem to have been able to capture it so here is a terrible photo!
But swirling my kayak paddle in the water was so neat! Kayaking with Blackbeard Sports one night was the most interesting thing we did the whole Caribbean vacation! Science and nature are cool.
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