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Vieques National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 1527, 00765, Puerto Rico
787 741 2138
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Traveler Description: The eastern Vieques National Wildlife Refuge is one of Vieques most visited areas.  In the portion open to the public, there are incredible beaches... more »
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

...and well maintained. I hope they continue to keep the beaches pristine and clean. The refuge is a gem!

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Boston, MA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

If you have a car the best beaches are found in here. The road is a bit rough in places so having a jeep is useful although driving in a car slowly is fine. Places you cannot walk and are blocked off for safety as could be old live ammunition from military use years back.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

No, you can't go through most of it, but that's okay, there's still probably live ordinance out there...because the Navy doesn't feel like ponying up the $500 million to clean up the gawdawfulmess they created on Vieques. Ooops, sorry, editorial comment...(grin)

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Hockessin, Delaware
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

There are a lot of reviews about this and that being the "Best Snorkeling on Vieques". The problem with the reviews is that there's no objective rating system, and each reviewer (us included) has their unique idea about what makes a good snorkel location and what doesn't. To help you calibrate our review which follows, here's our backgrounds. 45 years... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

After paying way too much money for a very mediocre snorkeling tour on our first day in Vieques, we drove to the end of the wildlife refuge (it is a long bumpy road) and parked in an opening. We were the only people there. We hopped right in the water and had the best snorkeling experience we had in Vieques.... More

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NYC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Great set of beaches. A few have limited amenities, most do not... some have people (but never very many) and some you have to yourself. Shade is sometimes lacking... easy road access to most so carrying in a cooler and chairs is almost always easy. Dirt roads to some beaches mean need for a high clearance jeep -4x4s are common.... More

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Harpers Ferry, WV
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Traveling from the states, with a partner who recently retired from the National Park Service, we stopped into this place expecting to get a better understanding of this strange relationship between the US Navy (Vieques of the Past), the local islanders, and National Wildlife Service. No interpretation of this incredible story at all. Nor were we greeted or approached by... More

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North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We weren't sure that it was safe to leave our car because we were on our way to another beach when we stopped here. Probably would have been interesting, but the bug bites quickly became problematic.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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95 reviews 95 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

It's hard to rate a wildlife refuge. But I do so only to let people know that Green Beach, which one has to get access to over a very rutted road, has excellent snorkeling. You just have to put up with the bugs and the sign about not picking up un-exploded ordinance. It's not for the faint of heart but... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Although we did not explore the wildlife, we enjoyed the secret beach and caracas beach located here. Sol food truck is located at the entrance to this area and has some really good food. Get food from here if you are going to beaches as there are no food facilities after this point i think. I will also highly recommend... More

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