...we've got all the hot-button issues covered. But of course I forgot Vieques! --Evan 15:01, 28 Jan 2004 (EST)
Yes, this really doesn't even cover half of the story. Also, Culebra has a similar story, though the Navy left in 1975.
Until May 2003 about two-thirds of the island was controlled by the US Navy. The Navy used it as a bombing range and training facility. After four years of protest after the accidental bombing death of viequense David Sanes in 1999, the Navy left the island for good and the land was turned over to the US Department of the Interior.
Culebra is a "Must-See" for all of those who travel to Puerto Rico. It is a tiny little island off the East coast of PR. You can catch the ferry at Fajardo. The ride is about two hours or so, and well worth it! Definitely head to Playa Flamingo, which is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Culebra is uncommercialized, there is no McDonald's or Burger King. If you want to get away from it all, Culebra is the perfect place for you. Guaranteed...
I made a minor change to the section about needing to rent a car. If you're staying in San Juan, you don't have to get a car. My wife and I took the public buses (0.25 or 0.50) between our hotel and Old San Juan. A discussion of the bus system should probably go in the San Juan article, though, I suppose.