Culebra, Puerto Rico
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Culebra, Puerto Rico also known as Isla Culebra or Snake Island is an island-municipality in Puerto Rico. Culebra, Puerto Rico was occupied by Taino Indians and pirates and later discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. After a long history, they gained independence in 1917. Their flag has vertical stripes of five, alternating yellow and green. In the center is the map of Culebra.

Culebra, Puerto Rico has several islands wherein all of which are categorized as nature reserves. Some areas in the main island are also categorized as nature reserves. One of the United States’ oldest sanctuaries for birds was established here in Culebra. Many birds and lizards inhabit the islands. The Giant Anole of Culebra is a rare or once believed to be extinct lizard.

Culebra is known for their clear and fresh water surrounding the whole archipelago. They have many clean and beautiful beaches. One example of this is the Flamenco Beach which is protected by the Marine Wildlife Reserve and Department of Natural and Environment Resources. There are also small beaches which are only accessible by water taxis. They encourage taking pictures so long as the activities will not harm the creatures around the islands. Culebra is also a great place for scuba diving for it features many reefs that are very visible because of the island’s clear waters.

Activities such as competition for windsurfing, fishing and festivities are also some of the reasons for tourists’ visiting this location.

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