Green Bay, Vieques, Spanish Virgin Islands
Date: Sunday 15th March 2015
Position: 18:06.674N 65:34.618W
The weather finally moderated and on Sunday 15th we left the marina and sailed the short distance over to Green Bay on Vieques, on the west side of the island of Vieques. This island is one of the so called Spanish Virgin Islands, but really still part of the territory of Puerto Rico. The anchorage was an open roadstead, quite shallow, but sheltered from the prevailing wind. There was little obvious development ashore other than some military ruins dating from the period of the second world war. Apparently the US military had constructed a large port in the area during the second world war to be used to house the Royal Navy fleet in the event that Britain succumbed to the assault from Germany!
It was a beautiful spot and whilst there we saw three turtles and a manitee with its distinctive large paddle shaped tail and pinky grey skin, the first we had seen clearly outside of special enclosed parks in Florida. Their name is yet another word originating from the Taino, the people who lived in the islands before the disruption lead by Columbus, and it means ‘breast’.