Articles about Vieques
The Caribbean's Last Secret
June 23, 2003
of the fun of vacationing on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques
is to see the looks you get from folks back home. Many Americans
recall the long-running controversy over U.S. Navy war games held
on Vieques. They picture the place as a bomb-scarred moonscape,
its waters poisoned with depleted-uranium shells. And that's exactly
the image that some visitors would like to perpetuate —
keeping to themselves the secrets of the island's miles of pristine
beaches, brilliant coral reefs and unique glow-in-the-dark waters."
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Vieques on its own
BY JANE WOOLDRIDGE
Jun. 22, 2003
close, it's gorgeous, and there's hardly anybody here.
the Caribbean of days long gone: Fishing boats bobbing in the
sweet curve of a bay. Breezy bars where shoes are optional and
a 10-spot will buy a beer and a fish sandwich. A sandy drive leading
to a beach without another soul on it.
This is Vieques, as it was and is and will be --
at least for the next few years... Read
FRUGAL TRAVELER; A Quiet Isle With Occasional Rumblings
March 9, 2003
By DAISANN McLANE
FRUGAL traveling doesn't get much
better than this: a deserted Caribbean beach, and back roads that
wind through forests where wild horses run free and egrets glide
above the mangroves edging the water....
I wasn't sure what I'd find in Vieques, but local online newsletters
and community Web sites were encouraging -- the island is one
of the few places left in the Caribbean where you can find a guest
house in high season for around $50 a night I telephoned one,
Vistamar, and booked a room... Read
Damn the Torpedoes!
Forget the bombing. Vieques is
one of the Caribbean's best-kept vacation secrets...
Here's what you probably don't know: Vieques (pronounced "vee-AY-kes")
has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean...
On a recent afternoon in mid-January, as cruise ships dumped tourists
by the thousands on St. Thomas and as celebrity-seekers twittered
on St. Barts, not a soul was in sight on Green Beach, the exquisite
crescent of sand that rims Vieques' western end... Read
The Spirit of an Island: Vieques
Written by: Liz Winston
Located just a short ferry ride
from the main island of Puerto Rico and also accessible by plane,
Vieques is a small island in the Caribbean that has become a fierce
symbol for Puerto Rican independence. The controversy generated
by the U.S. Naval base there has sparked a dialogue of international
But talk to the gay men and lesbians who make their homes on Vieques,
and you’ll come to see the island as they do: a place where you
can still stumble on remote, beautiful spots. Ironically, this
place offers the lesbian traveler her own version of Caribbean
adventure — Ginger-and-Marianne-style. And, despite the military
presence, it is also a place where women can feel perfectly safe
walking hand in hand through the streets of its small town...
A Golden Opportunity for Vieques to Be Green
By JOHN TODD
July 26, 2003
left behind by the Navy has rolling, forested hills that rise
out of the blue Caribbean. The magnificent white-sand beaches
are almost deserted. With the exodus of the Navy, this area has
become a national wildlife refuge, one of the largest in the Caribbean.
Next to the reserve is a ecological treasure, the Bioluminescent
Bay, which sparkles at night because of microorganisms that glow
as sea creatures brush against them - human swimmers feel as if
they're floating among the stars. The area is all the more precious
because the similar bays in the Caribbean have been destroyed
by pollution... Read More
An Island's Ship Comes In
By CLAUDIA DREIFUS
March 21, 2004
THE first time I stood in front
of Camp Garcia, the Navy installation that dominated Vieques -
that gorgeous tropical isle eight miles off Puerto Rico - was
in January 2000.
...It's paradise up for grabs. Vieques is facing contending futures.
In the bars and bistros of the island, the No. 1 topic is, "Whither
Vieques?" Will the big hotel chains come? Will the current
real-estate boom push the local people out? Will Vieques lose
its funky "lost in time" ambience? . Read