The no-man land of Puerto Rico is now a tourist Mecca

Published on : Thursday, January 26, 2017

Puerto RicoNavy bombing range, a small island is gradually becoming a tourist Mecca attracting travelers worldwide. Better known as Vieques, this island is known for its gorgeous beaches, stunning bioluminescent bay area and deep blue water. Located east coat of Puerto Rico, this island was off limits for 70 years to non-military visitors. One can still find loads of rockets, unexploded bombs, and various munitions scattered all around the eastern part of the island.

 
The island is undeveloped attracting more than 170 different varieties of birds in the verdant hills and white sand beach of this place. To quote Mike Barandiaran, manager of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, “They’re the bread and butter of Vieques. The tourist that comes here wants the wild, natural area. And it generates a lot of revenue.”

 
In 2001 the naval training range was closed in this island. From that time onward, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed this place as a superfund site. US Navy has been employed to clean this place and make it even more hospitable for visitors and locals. However, many Puerto Rican activists believe that the place was long exposed to harmful substances which have carcinogenic effect on health.

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