Author: Gary Eichelberger (64.9.52.---)
Date: 06-23-05 11:11
Allergy to mosquitos and Culebra is not a good mix. But the mosquitoes are not a secret either. Sorry your trip was less than stellar. I've visited both islands as well, Vieques 5 times, Culebra 13 times. I love them both.
If you make it back to Culebra, I suggest you do several things:
* make sure you try Zoni beach as well as Flamenco, some people prefer ZOni (self included) as it has far fewer people and beuatiful views.
* Ensure that you dine at least once at Juanita Bananas, which personally I found rivaled anyting on Vieques (Glad you liked Seabourne; it has been a bit spotty over the last few years for me). ON Vieques, Tropical babay and Uva's are very good; several other top places have clsoed recently though.
* If you snorkel on Culebrita, you gotta snorkel on the leeward side, where you docked; it far supasses the Isla Chiva reef you tried on Blue Beach, Vieques (although that is also very nice) SNorkeling on any lof Culebra's leeward beaches (Tamarindo, Soldado, or Carlso Rosario) affords many oportunities to view spectacular fish, excellent reef, and almost inevitably for me the past few years, a chance to swim up close and personal with hawksbill turtles and stingrays. Very awesome for me every time.
ON 3 of my five trips to Vieques, I have found the beaches there inundated with turtle grass, whereas I have never experienced that on Culebra - some of that is simply timing (storms) although Culebra is also sheltered by reef and cays, which helps. Blue Beach is great when clear. This year also discovered garcia Beach which is superior to Red beach. Green beach was a bit disappointing as well. Other than isla Chiva, ever found much good snorkeling on vieques. Need to rent a boat there and go to Blue Tang Reef, I am told.
Hope this helps.