14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Morning twilight while hiking Flamenco Beach
Flamenco beach is located on the northern shore of Culebra. It is a gorgeous and mostly empty beach in the crook of the Flamenco Peninsula. It’s white sand stretches for a mile around a half-moon shaped paradise flanked by swim-to reefs. The beach is bordered by the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, which is of itself one of the oldest wildlife preserves in the United States.
Culebra is a sustainable travel destination because it is off the beaten track. Therefore, it is protected from tourist invasion to a great extent, harboring no large hotels or department stores. The island is also participating in "The Green Town Philosophy, " which is the thought and practice of environmental stewardship being everyone's responsibility. It instills the belief that real change requires incorporating sustainable options into everyday life and teaches how everyone can take part in building a sustainable community.
Current Green goals for a Greener Culebra are building community school gardens, single-stream recycling, for easier sorting that results in more recyclables placed at the curb and a green business challenge, which is getting businesses involved in sustainability.
Local eateries on the island like, Vebra Verde, do what they can to help the island be it's best by using ingredients from local farmers’ markets and packaging takeaway foods in compostable containers made from plants. Vebra Verde believes being part of GreenTowns is a catalyst; connecting, sharing, and celebrating green initiatives that are taking root in communities throughout the country.
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||May 12, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
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