Puerto Rico’s reputation as one of the best destinations in the Caribbean is undoubtedly bolstered by its great number of amazing beaches that surround the entire island. Among these, the beaches located in the island municipality of Vieques – a short 20 minute flight from the mainland – are some of the loveliest and most pristine.
They are also part of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge – 18,000 acres of land that were formerly administered by the United State Military. The refuge belongs to the larger Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and is protected by the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service. It is important then for visitors to follow all the policies and regulations established by the refuge administration in order to protect the island’s precious natural resources, which include several endangered species.
Playa Caracas – once known as Red Beach – is one of the most frequented by locals and travelers alike. Located in Vieques’s southern coast and accessible via paved road, its soft sands and blue hues make it a picture-perfect beach, while its gazebos make it one of the more family friendly spots along the area.
Bahía de la Chiva or Blue Beach is a family friendly spot as well and a favorite to many. Simply stunning, this long stretch of sand combines gentle waves, deep blues, and clear waters for an intoxicating portrait of Caribbean paradise.
For an even more relaxed experience – further removed from vacationer hot spots – there is also Playa La Plata. Its location farther east almost guarantees you complete privacy.
There are several other beaches worth exploring along Vieques’s souther coast – including Playuela, Playa Prieta, and Playa Escondida. The hardest decision you will face during your stay won’t be which beach to choose next but when to actually leave.