Navio Beach is one of the smallest and blissfully uncrowded beaches on Isla Vieques and for those two reasons, it is also one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico. The small, intimate beach setting is the perfect backdrop for a day spent relaxing along the shore. It’s also very scenic, surrounded by undulating hillsides, blue skies as far as the eye can see, and set between two large and rocky cliffs. Though Navio is the farthest of all of the island beaches, it’s worth the bumpy drive and time spent getting to it. Getting there will require a jeep rental or a bit of a trek so be sure to wear good shoes.
Arriving at Vieques Island, you’ll be debarking from Mosquito Pier on the north shore. Don’t miss the 400-year-old Ceiba tree to the left of the pier when getting off the ferry. If renting a car or walking, pass the Ceiba tree and continue on beyond Playa Gallito until you find the first road and hang a right, the only way to go. Then take the first left toward Sun Bay. Continue on past Sun Bay Park along a dirt road and on to Media Luna. Just beyond this point is Navio Beach Vieques. The very small network of roads on the island are simple to navigate and getting to Navio is uncomplicated, yet can be a bit muddy. A stop at Media Luna Beach is ideal on route to Navio or on the way back. The sand is light and soft and the surf is perfect for kids.
Be forewarned that Navio Beach, because of the rough waters and abundant outcroppings, is not a suitable place for children to swim. This beach is ideal for nature lovers though, and offers a fairly secluded backdrop with plenty of unspoiled nature to enjoy. The back of the beach is skirted by tall coconut palms and groves of sea grapes. Rugged fossil outcroppings are interesting to check out, with plenty of sea creatures making homes along the bases.
The waters here are popular with experienced local and visiting surfers, body boarders, and body surfers, but not as ideal for novice wave riders. The Caribbean Sea at Navio Beach is clear but when the surf’s up, visibility can be an issue. The surf though, can be tremendous, especially in the winter months, and the curls of long tubes coming in from the sea create ideal surfing conditions.
There are fourteen superb beaches to explore while visiting Vieques and the trip to the Navio warrants full exploration of the island’s best attributes. If planning a trip to Navio Beach Vieques, be sure to explore the many historic sites, landmarks, and other popular beaches like Esperanza and Sun Bay. Esperanza is a great spot to enjoy a lively strip filled with restaurants and shops, or just to stock up on necessities before heading to secluded Navio Beach. If swimming in a glowing bay has always been a dream, head to bioluminescent Mosquito Bay and enjoy a magical, one-of-a-kind evening swimming in the glowing waters.