After spending the day before in Vieques, the next morning it was time to head on over to Culebra. In contrast to Vieques, Culebra was a bit more relaxed as the only thing on our itinerary that day was to go to Flamenco Beach. Flamenco Beach had gorgeous turquoise waters and white sand which we were able to enjoy in solitude that morning.
One of the most interesting things about the beach was not even the pristine waters themselves, but a colourful tank that could be found at the end of the shoreline. Needless to say, one does not usually equate beaches with abandoned tanks. Later I found out that these tanks were once used by the U.S military for target practice and had since been abandoned after the locals protested against the U.S occupation of the land for target practice. As the tanks were far too large to be moved, they were left behind to rust. When we went to Flamenco beach, the locals had painted the tank at the far end of the shoreline with various shades of teal and orange. It was super neat to see and even more significant once I learned the reason behind these tanks being left behind.
As the day drew on, we spent time basking in the sun and catching waves in the water. It was the perfect way to end our time in Puerto Rico as the next day, we would be driving back to San Juan and then leaving the day after.
During my time in Puerto Rico, one thing that I took away from the experience was to be more grateful for what I have as one never knows when your whole world can change in the blink of an eye. To this day, Puerto Rico continues to struggle in repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Maria. Not only were homes damaged but vegetation suffered. According to an article in the New York Times, “
Although my travels may have only played a small part in pouring money back into the economy, I am hoping that through my posts I help bring awareness to the Puerto Rico’s current economic reality. Often when a crisis occurs, there is a momentary outpour of support and just as quickly the issue is forgotten.
If you’re looking to help Puerto Rico out consider checking out the following organizations:
Thank you for joining me in my journey through Puerto Rico. I hope that one day you get the chance to see Puerto Rico for yourself and all the great things the country has to offer.