Vieques Island, Isla de Vieques

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Vieques, in full Isla de Vieques, is an island - municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) 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 8mi east of the Puerto Rican mainland, and measures about 21mi long by 4mi wide. Its most populated barrio is Isabel Segunda (sometimes written "Isabel II"), the administrative center on the northern side of the island. The population of Vieques was 9,301 at the 2010 Census.The island's name is a Spanish spelling of an American Indian word (likely Taíno) said to mean "small island". It also has the nickname "Isla Nena", usually translated from the Spanish as "Little Girl Island", alluding to its perception as Puerto Rico's little sister. During the colonial period, the British 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, with numerous beaches that still retain the names given by the navy, including Red Beach, Blue Beach and Green Beach. The beaches are commonly listed among the top beaches in the Caribbean for their azure-colored waters and white sands.
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  • The ferry schedule is a total joke. They say get there an hour early for the ferry at 9am but they don’t leave till 10:30am. Same on the way back. They want us here at 4pm for the 5pm ferry and it doe...  more »
  • We couldn't have picked a better place to spend a week. 2nights in San Juan, 5 in Vieques and 1 back in SJ. This island is magical and peaceful (except for the random mainlander Puerto Ricans who driv...  more »
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  • The world must see true Paradise Indeed !! So Amazing this Island is a little piece of heaven on this earth. And the people are just as amazing Love it .. cant wait for my return there.
  • Must Visit! FYI... everything its working normally in the island and they are ready for business. Vieques has LOTS of beautiful beaches so you can literally spend the whole day "beach hoping" and you will probably love them all. Last but not least the BIOLUMINICENT trip is a MUST! I dont have the words to explain what a great experience that is, of course try to go in New Moon so you can experience the full glow of it.
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