Villa Chavaniac is an extraordinary oceanfront oasis and unique property on Isla de Vieques, it is the perfect paradise island vacation spot. Boasting one of the closest oceanfront vacation rentals in Vieques and offering 180 degree views of the merging of the Atlantic Ocean with the Caribbean Sea, you will be able to enjoy all the island has to offer. Additionally you can see the islands of Culebra, Puerto Rico and El Yunque National Rainforest from the beautiful deck.
A 3,900 square foot paradise, Villa Chavaniac is comprised of two separate levels of living and sleeping accommodation. The main suite "Espace" is at the ocean level, but there are two fully self contained suites on the second level, which we have called "Soleil" and "Verdure." These two suites provide you the option of increasing the sleeping accommodation of Villa Chavaniac from six to ten or fourteen guests.
Villa Chavaniac sits directly on the oceanfront on North Shore Road in the prestigious beachside neighborhood of Bravos de Boston. The neighborhood is home to various shops and restaurants to make your stay more enjoyable.
The property is thoughtfully designed with air conditioning throughout, but may be completely opened to the outdoors to enjoy the constant ocean breezes and nature sounds.
Villa Chavaniac boasts a beautiful salt water infinity pool, finished with glass tiles and located practically in the ocean. There are ample terrace spaces with multiple seating and lounging areas, landscaped gardens and electronic security.
Throughout the entire property, Villa Chavaniac offers full DISH Network TV, charcoal BBQ grills, land-line phones, high speed wireless internet and air conditioning for when you might need it.
Additionally, the units are equipped with coolers, umbrellas and chairs for the beach as well as colorful beach towels.
Suite Espace is located at ocean level and is the primary residence. It has three-bedrooms, two with king size beds and one with a queen size bed, plus three-and-one-half bathrooms that have been remodeled to perfection.
The gourmet kitchen is fully equipped and you will be in your element preparing delicious appetizers, dinners and cocktails. Three bedrooms with full ensuite bathrooms create the perfect environment for any combination of houseguests. Two of the bedroom suites open to the pool terrace and ocean and the third bedroom has ocean and pool views. The flooring throughout is of white coral stone with matte blue accent tiles and blended tastefully with mahogany doors and muted paint colors. The high quality furnishings are accented with unique pieces of art and Caribbean antiques.
Suite Soleil is located on the second level of Villa Chavaniac and has a large outdoor terrace for outdoor dining, relaxing on a lounge chair, or simply taking in the views of the Atlantic Ocean merging with the Caribbean Sea and the Island of Culebra. The two bedrooms, one with a king size bed and one with a queen size bed both have air conditioning and there are two full bathrooms. There is also a galley kitchen, living room, dining room, and private entry.
Suite Verdure, directly adjacent to Soleil, has its very own large oceanfront terrace with outdoor dining and lounge chairs for relaxing and enjoying the dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean merging with the Caribbean Sea, as well as the main island of Puerto Rico and El Yunque National Rainforest. The two bedrooms, one with a king size bed and one with a queen size bed, both offer air conditioning, and there is one full bathroom in addition to a galley kitchen, dining room, living room and private entry.
El Local 00765 – Cocktails and New Latin cuisine, in an outside patio. Our new favorite in Vieques. Open 5pm to 11pm everyday except Wednesday. Phone: +1 787-398-2039
Tin Box located on the road between Isabel II and Esperanza is highly recommended. Raw Bar and Smokehouse in a tree house setting, overlooking organic gardens. Open Tuesday to Saturday 2pm until 10pm. Happy Hour from 4-6 pm. Sunday Brunch 11am until 3pm. Closed Monday.
Duffy's - American and local cuisine. Open for Lunch and Dinner everyday day from 11:00am to 11:00pm. No reservations needed.
El Quenepo - Local and continental sophisticated cuisine. Open for Dinner daily (except Mondays) from 5:30pm to late hours. Reservations recommended. Phone (787) 741-1215.
National Wildlife Refuge on the island of Vieques in the Puerto Rico archipelago. It is part of the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge contains several ecologically distinct habitats including; beaches, coastal lagoons, mangrove wetlands, and upland forested areas. Some of the finest examples of sub-tropical dry forest in the Caribbean can be found on refuge lands.
The marine environment surrounding the refuge contains coral reefs and sea grass beds. The refuge and its surrounding waters are home to at least two plants and eight animals on the Federal endangered species list including; the Caribbean West Indian Manatee, the Brown Pelican, and four species of Sea Turtles.
In addition to its ecological value, the refuge contains important resources of archeological and historic significance, legacy of the Taíno culture and sugar cane era.
Bicycling through Vieques is an excellent way to explore the island. By bike you’ll be able to visit some great spots and beaches that can’t be accessed by car. Explore trails beyond the beach, the Old Navy Base, visit the Playa Grande Sugar Plantation Ruins and of course some beaches. Through your ride you’ll be close and personal with the lush greens of the islands. Go bicycling for fun under the sun and a great workout.
Horseback riding is one of the most romantic activities in Vieques. Viequenses (locals) love their horses, they proudly ride them around the island, It is one of the things that make this island special.
The “Fortín Conde de Mirasol” is certainly worth a stop during your visit to Isla de Vieques. “El Fortín” is administered by the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture (ICP). El Fortín Code de Mirasol was built between 1845 and 1855. “El Fortín” (The Fort) is the best place to learn about the island’s history and culture.
The building was restored and it now houses a museum of Viequense Art and history of people dating back to the indigenous times. For more information please call (787) 741-1717.
When you drive around the island you will find it on the way to the Rompeaolas (Mosquito Pier) on the right side of the road. Pictures cannot capture the magnificence of this tree. Please do take a few minutes to appreciate this tree and please show respect to this landmark while visiting.
Faro Punta Mulas was built by Don Juan Puig Cerber in 1895, and it was restored in 1992. As you walk up you will enjoy a beautiful vista of Isabel II, and the colorful boats of fisherman along the beautiful blue waters. You can watch ferry arrive, and in the distance enjoy the views of the main island of Puerto Rico, Culebra, and the islands of St. John and St. Thomas on the eastern side.
Entrance to the lighthouse is free, for more information call (787) 741-0060.
Located on the western coast of the island is the Ruins of Playa Grande Sugar Plantation. The Plantation has been claimed by lush tropical vegetation embracing the brick walls that were closed in the 1940s after the lands were expropriated by the Navy.
Tours are given by the Conservation Trust Museum in Esperanza, contact them if you would like a tour call (787) 741-8850, reservations are required.
A visit to Mosquito Bay one of the most spectacular Bioluminescent Bays in the world is an aboslute must. It is a magical experience and is best done when there is no full moon.
This beach comes with the whole package, clear blue waters, tall palm trees, lush tropical landscape framing the bay, long stretch with sandy beach, complete with a snack bar, camping facilities and restrooms.
Sun Bay is the most family friendly beach and the most easily accessible and it’s one of the few beaches you can get to without having to rent a car in Vieques.
Beautiful palm trees everywhere, in all kinds of shapes and heights makes this a postcard perfect beach. You will find Noni Trees along the beach with other native tropical treasures. There is plenty of sand to claim a perfect spot under a palm tree. Even on a busy day in Vieques you will not see a soul for many yards. Calm slow waves make this a great beach for swimming and playing on the water.
Playa Plata (aka Silver Beach or Orchid Beach) is the farthest east of all open beaches in the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge (Camp Garcia area). It’s another amazing cove with soft white sand and clear blue water. This one is also surrounded by rocks and green hills. At Playa Plata, just around some rocks to the east is Playa Platita, which is a tiny beach … if you are the first one there you can claim the whole beach as your own! It has cool standing rock “sculptures”. It is a REALLY bumpy ride to get to Playa Plata, which means it is not as busy as other beaches. This beach gets extra points for snorkeling!
Vieques most beautiful beach. Clear turquoise water, easily accessible by car, peaceful, amazing for swimming and snorkeling.
Punta Arenas is located on the western tip of Vieques. Go left at the Y and park at the last spot. If you explore the reef area you may see turtles and different fish, even a stingray.
A Beach of Hope & Beauty
Playa Esperanza is one of the local’s favorite spots in Vieques for children and families. This beautiful beach is located on the south side of Isla de Vieques on El Malecon (The Strip).
Esperanza and Sun Bay Beach are the only beaches in Vieques that have places to dine. You can take a long walk on the beach going west which would take you all the way to Playa Grande and pass Playa Negrita (Black Sand Beach) if it’s low tide.
The beach in Esperanza is a local favorite beach on a Sunday, it’s a tradition for children and teens to jump off the pier into the crystal clear waters. Come around the old pier in El Malecòn, sit down, enjoy the sights and see the island through the eyes of the children of Vieques.
Playa Caracas is known by various names, Playa Caracas, Bahia del Corcho (because it is part of the Corcho bay) and it’s also known as Red Beach, name given by the Navy.
Playa Caracas shows off waters with varying turquoise hues and white soft coral sand. Playa Caracas on a bay so the waters are calm making it a great beach for children. Playa Caracas is picture perfect with tall lush palm trees providing shade and a romantic tropical vibe.
A feeling of being far, far, away on your own little island. On the far side of the beach along the rocks is a great spot to snorkel and you can explore the sea fan gardens. In case you’re wondering, Pata Prieta literally translates to “Black Leg.”
Playa Espace's uniqueness is in the gentle bubbly playful waves with hidden caves. Espace Beach is one of those beaches that you can simply sit on a beach chair and stare at the scene for hours as you listen to relaxing gentle sounds of waves. The shore is framed by lush sea grape plants, palms and other native tropical plants.
If you enjoy body surfing, bring your body board and enjoy. If you want to spend a relaxing afternoon at the beach with easy access, then Espace is sure to please.
Beyond Sun Bay, Media Luna Beach is well protected from waves. Perfect for families with little children as the water is very shallow for a long way out. Lots of shade, and good snorkeling, especially out toward the mouth of the bay. String up a hammock and forget your cares.
Many locals did not even know there was black sand in Vieques and some that knew did not have a name for it. Since 2006 it has been called Playa Negrita. As you walk towards Playa Negrita (Black Sand Beach) you will have to work your way around beautiful rock formations. The bottom of the beach is rocky and can get slippery so please walk with care. It may be helpful to bring your special beach sandals. No special hiking skills are necessary, individuals with average physical ability will have no problems getting there.