Jan. 2, 2022

Cultural Chameleon Episode 6 - Vieques, Puerto Rico

Cultural Chameleon Episode 6 - Vieques, Puerto Rico
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Cultural Chameleon Travel Podcast with Rod Desch

In this episode, Rod speaks with an island resident, Carlos Gil Rivera who is deeply rooted in Vieques, Puerto Rico, he believes this small island in the Caribbean, which is part of Puerto Rico, to be the next center for the arts. You'll find his art all over the island, on abandoned buildings, in restaurants, and in a plaza that showcases his works in the town of Isabel Segunda. They discuss past and present trouble in paradise and in contrast, all the beauty that makes it worthwhile to visit and reside in a place like Vieques. They review some of the best places to see on a visit to the island. Come listen like a local and learn about Vieques, Puerto Rico.

According To DiscoverPuertoRico.com: The stunning island of Vieques, just six miles off the coast, is home to a pristine wildlife refuge and the world's brightest bioluminescent bay.

As the biggest of the islands sometimes referred to as the Spanish Virgin Islands, Vieques lies six miles southeast of the Puerto Rico mainland. The Puerto Rican poet Luis Llorens Torres dubbed it la Isla Nena (“Little Girl Island”), alluding to its perception as Puerto Rico’s little sister.

Vieques offers breathtaking scenery, unparalleled beauty, unexplored spaces, and laid-back experiences. The trade winds that blow directly over the island also provide a perfectly tropical marine climate with minimal temperature fluctuations.

Reaching Vieques can be done by air or sea. The fastest way is to catch a small plane departing from either SJU or Isla Grande airports (tickets range from $60–$90 per trip), and there is also a ferry that departs from the town of Ceiba (for $3-$5 and about 40 minutes from SJU airport).

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