Friday, August 20, 2010

Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra is an island off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. Culebra is a popular weekend destination for Mainland Puerto Ricans and tourist from around the world. Culebra has one of the best beaches in the world, Flamenco Beach. The beach extends for a mile, with white coral sand.  Flamenco Beach is protected by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources as a Marine Wildlife Reserve.

There is very little commercial development on the island, because of its protective status.  The Culebra National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge in Puerto Rico and it was created in 1909. Culebra has one of the oldest bird sanctuaries in the United States.  More than 50,000 seabirds of 13 species find their way to this part of the ocean every year to breed.  Many other bird species permanently call Culebra home and three species of sea turtles: Leatherback, green sea, and hawksbill use the waters around Culebra, and nest on refuge beaches.


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