Theme Week Puerto Rico – Vieques Island

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Shoreline at Esperanza © Rar285/cc-by-sa-3.0

Shoreline at Esperanza © Rar285/cc-by-sa-3.0

Vieques, officially Isla de Vieques, is an island and municipality of Puerto Rico, in the northeastern Caribbean, part of an island grouping sometimes known as the Spanish Virgin Islands. Vieques is part of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and retains strong influences from 400 years of Spanish presence in the island.

Vieques lies about 8 miles (13 km) east of the Puerto Rican mainland, and measures about 20 miles (32 km) long by 4.5 miles (7 km) wide. Its most populated barrio is the town of Isabel Segunda (sometimes written “Isabel II”), the administrative center located on the northern side of the island. The population of Vieques was 8,249 at the 2020 Census.

Isabel Segunda © flickr.com - Karan Jain/cc-by-sa-2.0 Shoreline at Esperanza © Rar285/cc-by-sa-3.0 Sunset at Sun Bay Beach © flickr.com - Steven Isaacson/cc-by-sa-2.0 Wild horses on Playa Negra © Rar285/cc-by-sa-3.0 Fort Count of Mirasol © Rar285/cc-by-sa-3.0 Fuera la Marina de Vieques Ya © flickr.com - Jirka Matousek/cc-by-2.0
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Fuera la Marina de Vieques Ya © flickr.com - Jirka Matousek/cc-by-2.0
The island’s name is a Spanish spelling of a Taíno word said to mean “small island” or “small land”. It also has the nickname Isla Nena, usually translated as “Little Girl Island”, alluding to its perception as Puerto Rico’s little sister. The island was given this name by the Puerto Rican poet Luis Llorens Torres. During the British colonial period its name was Crab Island.

Vieques is best known internationally as the site of a series of protests against the United States Navy‘s use of the island as a bombing range and testing ground, which led to the Navy’s departure in 2003. Today the former navy land is a national wildlife refuge; some of it is open to the public, but much remains closed off due to contamination and/or unexploded ordnance that the military is slowly cleaning up. Some of the most beautiful beaches on the island are on the eastern end (formerly the Marine Base) that the Navy named Red Beach, Blue Beach, Caracas Beach, Pata Prieta Beach, La Chiva Beach, and Plata Beach. At the far western tip (formerly the Navy Base) is Punta Arenas, which the Navy named Green Beach. The beaches are commonly listed among the top beaches in the Caribbean for their azure waters and white sands.

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Read more on DiscoverPuertoRico.com – Vieques, VisitTheUSA.com – Culebra and Vieques, Wikivoyage Vieques and Wikipedia Vieques. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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