Author: Jenny K (---.clvdoh.adelphia.net)
Date: 01-13-06 23:24
I have just spent quite a long time reading about Culebra trying to picture how it has changed since I was there for my honeymoon in 1981!
We stayed at the Villa Boheme. There was a grocery within walking distance where food arrived once a week. If there was something really special you wanted, you went the day the ferry brought food.
Water was at a premium so we drank lots of beer. Russ and Janie Malik owned the VB. Janie did our laundry whenever the water supply was best. She collected water from the roof and added drops of bleach. She even advised us when we should shower.
The VB loaned us an old military jeep to get to Flamenco Beach. My husband and I were the only people on the beach almost every time we went. I recall black bulls between where we parked and the beach. There was also an old tank on the beach. Is that still there?
I remember eating at a very small crowded restaurant that was only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The food was great.
When we were there, I think there were only about 3 places to stay. I recall very basic homes with beautiful ornate doors.
One last memory: one day our jeep ran out of gas at Flamenco Beach. My husband and I had to walk in our bare feet on a road partially paved and very hot to walk on. We even had to walk around a cow laying in the road. When we finally got somewhere, maybe near the airport, we bought cold canned drinks so we could roll the cans on the bottoms of our burned feet.
Overall, we have terrific memories of Culebra. I'd hate to see it get too developed, but it needed some sanitation improvements. We went in December and it rained alot during our two week stay. We'd be walking along the beach and find orange peels and other things that had washed down from their trash dump.
It was so neat to see people riding horses bareback on the beach. I don't recall an island of SUVs or even taxis. We flew Flamenco Airlines from San Juan, and Villa Boheme came to get us.
Maybe someday we can get back there before it's overdeveloped.