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  •  Wonderful islands. (6+ / 0-)

    My wife and I have been twice.  Culebra has some of the best walk in snorkeling in the world, and Vieques has some beautiful beaches and its bioluminescent bay was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen.  Culebra used to be used for military training and what not and for that reason remains largely unspoiled (as of yet) except for the occasional metal artifact in the ground or on the beach.

    We were there in 2008 just after the election and the Obama signs were everywhere and there was a lot of excitement for him.  

    I'd like to see PR become a state or become its own country.

    "The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends." -Julian Assange

    by Pierro Sraffa on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 09:37:12 AM PST

    •  Vieques was the main (5+ / 0-)

      armaments training area. Culebra had been removed from this many decades ago.

      The bombing training in Vieques was the focal point of Island wide protests in the late 1990s which led to the abandonment of  the practice by the US military and its naval base at Roosevelt Roads.

      There is a submarine base at Sabana Seca.

      •  The lack of freshwater on Culebra (4+ / 0-)
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        is the main impediment to development I think.

        Culebra was used pretty heavily by the military.  During diving and snorkeling off of Melones, Tamarindo, Carlos Resario, Zoni, and Punta Solado I saw all kinds of ordinance.  

        Thanks for the info. on Vieques.  That makes sense, as many of the beaches have "military" names - Green beach, etc.

        Oh, and I was aware of the protests, as I participated in them!

        "The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends." -Julian Assange

        by Pierro Sraffa on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 09:49:38 AM PST

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