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Welcome to Vieques
East of Puerto Rico, La Isla Nena
Vieques is the largest municipal city island of Puerto Rico. Located at the East coast, Vieques is also known as La Isla Nena. Vieques have one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, like Sun Bay Beach and the amazing Bio-Bay
The island produces sugar cane (principal crop), coconuts, grains, sweet potatoes, avocados, bananas, and papayas. There is an excellent historical museum at the beautifully restored fort, El Fortin Conde de Mirasol, located in Isabel Segunda. This fort holds the distinction of being the last fort constructed during the Spanish Empire in the New World, over time also served as a jail. After it's careful restoration in 1991 by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, the fort serves as the island's main museum, housing the Vieques Museum of Art and History and the Vieques Historic Archives. The museum contains the Vieques Historic Archives, which includes thousands of documents and other materials related to Vieques' history. Open Wed-Sun 10am - 4pm, weekdays by appointment, free admission (donations are encouraged) To get to the island, you can either take a small plane from San Juan International Airport (20-30 minute flight), or a ferry boat from Fajardo (75-90 minute ferry ride), available four times a day. Fees US$4 round trip, US$2 one way. You can also get a flight from St. Croix or St. Thomas (St. Thomas - Fajardo - Vieques). Accommodations on Vieques are comfortable and readily available. Camping is permitted at Sun Bay with a free permit. Cars are available for rent through most hotels. Its reefs are popular with sport divers and several Puerto Rico dive operators schedule trips here.
Learn About Vieques History
Vieques was founded in 1843 by Francisco Saínz. Vieques is known as "La Isla Nena" (little girl island) and "Isabel Segunda" (Isabel II). t's 21 miles (34 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide, and it is 52 square miles (135 square km) in area. It was annexed to Puerto Rico in 1854. Vieques derives its name from the Taino Indian word for small island (bieques). eauty and history merge on this 21 by 4 mile island. Arawak Indians once lived here and it was an infamous heaven for pirates during the 17th century. Various European powers fought for control of Vieques. The Punta Mulas Lighthouse also known as Morropó was built in 1893. This old lighthouse still protects the port, boasts a reflector imported from Paris in 1895, which extends a beam that can be seen from as far as 16 miles. The island is also home of one of Puerto Rico's three bioluminescent bays. The Mosquito Bay (bioluminescent bay) was officially declared the brightest recorded in the world by Guinness Book of World Records 2008, recognized as a National Natural Landmark since 1980, and considered the best example of a bioluminescent bay in the United States. This rare and remarkable phenomenon is caused by millions of luminescent dinoflagellates lighting up when disturbed by movement, leaving a trail of neon blue. The dinoflagellates, a tiny form of marine life, have characteristics of both plants and animals, their size range from about 5 to 2,000 micrometers (0.0002 to 0.08 inch). The water glows when the microorganisms in it are agitated.
FIND NEW TREASURES
There is always something to celebrate in Puerto Rico and each city have their own unique celebrations during the year. This is the list of celebrations for the city of Vieques
Festival Cultural - April
Festival de la Arepa - November
Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Sra. del Carmen - July
Every year, Vieques celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions
Vieques have great beaches but also other attraction that may interest you to visit once your are in. Here is a list of Vieques main attractions.
Bahía Bioluminiscente of Vieques
See water glow neon at movement, is a Natural WONDER!
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