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Horses run wild, on the roads at night, drive carefully, they run out on the road!


Petty Theft: A visit to Vieques without seeing the beautiful Red Beach, Blue Beach and Playa La Plata, Navio, Media Luna and Green Beach is unthinkable. If fact, you should wake up every morning, pick up a picnic lunch and head for the beaches. They truly are lovely. But BEWARE of petty theft which lurks behind every bush!

Far Wiser is to leave your valuables at the hotel.. If you go out swimming and leave a wallet, camera etc. on the beach it may well disappear! Instantly! Buy and bring a 'dry bag'. Keep your camera, wallet and car keys with you while you swim. Don't take your digital camera to the beach unless someone is going to be with it at all times. Buy a disposable waterproof camera for the beach. They work great!

• Do NOT lock your valuables in your car. If a thief breaks the car window YOU are responsible to pay for a new one, installed! Leave no valuables in the car and leave the doors unlocked. Remember, no bushes nearby, no thieves. Surrounded by bushes? Surrounded by petty thieves.

DO NOT take valuables to the beach! DON"T!! .... DO Take $20. in your pocket for liquids and junk food... leave the rest safely behind, ask your hotel where to leave valuables.

Particular spots with constant petty theft are: Navio, Media Luna, Blue Beach, Green Beach and the waterfront in Esperanza. Also notorious for petty theft is Playa Grande. There are reasons why there is more theft on some beaches than others. If there are bushes near the beach it is much more likely there are petty thieves nearby because they can hide.

If you are robbed:

• Call Fish & Wildlife at 787-741-2138. Useless but they will help you with car problems.

• Call the Puerto Rico Police Dept. at 787-741-2020

• Call your rental car agency if you cannot move your car.

• Wish that you had taken this advice!

Remember that to fly on an airplane you will need an official I. D. with a photo. If your identification is robbed you MUST go to the police station and file a report. That report will substitute for identification with the airlines. It is time consuming, it is inefficient and a real pain, but you will need it.... don't even bother waiting for the police to come to you.... just go to the police station and file a report, you will need the document with the 'querella' number on it. It will not happen quickly, you will have to return to get it.

The good news! There is very little violent crime against tourists in Vieques, you don't need to be afraid unless you are wandering around late at night. be wise..

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As for FINES.... the security guards on the US Fish & Wildlife Reserve have the authority to give out stiff fines. If you do not pay them ( and you must travel to federal court in San Juan to protest them) a warrant for your arrest will be issued and served by a federal warrant officer!

OH... and the sand spurs are killer too! Wear beach shoes.

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HORSES IN THE ROAD at night! There are many long stretches of road that are not lit up at night (Thank God for that! It would be damaging to the bioluminescent bay.) Wild horses wander the roads at night, most of them brown and practically invisible at night; horses with riders also have no lights, nor wear white clothing so BE VERY CAREFUL when driving at night. It is truly not safe to drive faster than 35 mph on roads with horses on the sides ( and those are all the roads in Vieques).

Jellyfish Stings. Jellyfish live in the oceans of the world and occasionally are blown to our beaches. If you are stung by a jellyfish it is important not to rub it and cause more stinging. Applying vinegar is a good first step, then, try to find any tiny, practically invisible, tentacles clinging to you and remove them. Vinegar does not remove the pain, what it does do is stop any more stingers from firing into your skin, as they will do so if you rub the area.

After this first vinegar step, there is not much you can do about the pain, which will go away in 24 hours or less. Some people believe applying ammonia at this point can help with the stinging. It does help with certain jellyfish, so it doesn't hurt to try it, but, more often, it does not help. Meat tenderizer can be a very bad idea, some people have a terrible reaction to the combination ( although some claim it has helped them). A hot shower can be helpful, be careful not to burn yourself, if you are in severe pain have someone else monitor the water temperature as you will tend to want it too hot because it relieves the pain. Some jellyfish toxins degrade quickly in hot water.

If your reactions are severe you need to go to the emergency clinic for symptomatic treatment.

More than you ever wanted to know about jellyfish.

Heart attack: give aspirin and get to medical help.

Signs of a Stroke :

STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) .....she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die.... they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this...

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE . . Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke .

A bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S * Ask the individual to SMILE.

T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)

R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.



THE BEACHES OF VIEQUES ISLAND

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