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Culebrita Lighthouse, Culebra

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Culebrita Lighthouse is the only remaining Spanish-era structure in the Culebra archipelago. Construction of the lighthouse began on September 25, 1882, and it was completed on February 25, 1886. The Spanish Crown built the lighthouse to help secure its claim over the main island of Culebra. It is the most eastern light outside mainland Puerto Rico. It guides navigation through the Virgin Passage and the Vieques Sound connecting in the Puerto Rico Light System with the Cape San Juan Light.It was one of the oldest operating lighthouses in the Caribbean until 1975 when the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard finally closed the facility. The United States Coast Guard has replaced the lighthouse with a solar powered light beacon.The Culebrita Lighthouse was registered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on October 22, 1981; however, no work has been done to maintain the facility. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo caused extensive damage, and in 1995 the tower was destroyed by Hurricane Marilyn. The Culebra Foundation, starting in 1994, has tried to attract local and federal attention to save the lighthouse, but they have had little success. Presently, the lighthouse is in danger of collapsing.
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  • The lighthouse itself and the views from the top were worth the hike up. Proper shoes and water is a must. I recommend going early before it gets too hot. It's a shame such a treasure is in such bad s...  more »
  • Sorry for my other review full of typos. I must have been using my iPhone and half asleep. The whole island is amazing and it's a short walk to the lighthouse with many goats near and at the top and a...  more »
  • Don't miss this old beautiful building built by the Spanish in the late 1800's. Unfortunately the building is in disrepair and a downright shame not to be taken care of. The walk takes about 15-20 min...  more »

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