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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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  • Hike up and finding trail was extremely long and hot as we were just let off the boat - given a few directions and left to our own devices... Its a dry arid island - lots of cactus - lots of dry rocks...  more »
  • Capt Dave from culebra bluewatercharters told us about the about the lighthouse on a culebrita tour we did wth him and we decided to do the hike and it was well worth it, Spectacular views from up the...  more »
  • It took us 10-15 minutes to hike to the top. You'll encounter a few goats and tons of hermit crabs along the way. The views are worth the hike. You can see St. Thomas in the distance. Good thing to do...  more »