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Puerto Rico Island Location:

Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic. (about 1,000 miles southeast of Miami, Florida).
Geographic Coordinates: Latitude: 18 15 N Latitude: 66 30 W
Total Area: 9,104 sq km (3,515 sq mi or 100 by 35 miles).
Land Area: 8,959 sq km
Comparative area: approximately three times the size of Rhode Island.

Vieques Island Location:

A a peaceful, relaxing, low-key island of rolling hills, is located 6.8 miles across the sea from Puerto Rico. The island is about 21 miles long by 3.7 miles wide with a population of about 9,400 mostly concentrated in the main towns of Isabel Segunda and Esperanza. Esperanza is near one of the world's best phosphorescent bays and location for the scenes of the 1960s movie "Lord of the Flies". The climate in center of the Island is generally arid.

There is an excellent historical museum at the beautifully restored fort, El Fortin Conde de Mirasol which was the last fort begun by the Spanish in the Western Hemisphere. There is another interesting exhibit at the Punta Mulas Lighthouse.

The US Military owns two thirds of the island: the east third and west third, with the civilian population living on the middle strip. Both bases are open to the public upon presentation of any photo identification except on days when the red flag is up: when maneuvers and/or bombing practice are underway. The US military presence has been greatly reduced and the military is under pressure to leave and return the land to the people. In 1999 the Governor requested an immediate end of US weapons training on the island after a civilian was killed in a bombing error. The military is heard but not much seen: planes and helicopters fly low but since only a handful of personnel are permanently stationed on the island, it is not a base town atmosphere. The land owned by the military is mostly untouched, creating a bird sanctuary and nature preserve.

Vieques has over 52 beaches in secluded coves, the few developed beaches have people and exuberant groups of picnickers, the rest are deserted. Public Sun Bay has picnic and camping areas (no shade in camping area, but there is lots of petty theft so not many people camp there).

Tourism is an infant industry on this island, but is rapidly being promoted to provide employment and reduce poverty. Hotel construction includes the US$30mn Casa de Playa Beach Villages a condo-hotel with 210 rooms and 70 villas. The port and airport are also being expanded and modernized. The small beach town of Esperanza is the main area of guest houses and tourist related restaurants, bars and dive companies.

The museum in Esperanza has archaeological and natural history exhibits. The biggest action' on the island is Saturday night in Esperanza, when everyone promenades along the sea front dressed in their finest, talking and flirting, before going to a nightclub or bar. Small, hardy, island horses, most with paso fino blood lines (that means smooth gaits with no bouncing) are still used as transport, and wild horses roam the island.

Mosquito Bay, also known as Phosphorescent Bay (the BBC broadcast a documentary about this in 1994), is a large, but very shallow bay, surrounded by mangrove trees and full of bioluminescent organisms. Sightseeing trips go at night (recommended are the tours that use non polluting electric boats or kayaks). The organisms glow when disturbed. The glow generated by a 13 centimeter fish is about a 39 centimeter circle of light brighter than a light bulb. Swimming in this glow is a wonderful experience.


Scene location; Sun Bay, Vieques. (see map 1)


Scene location; Sun Bay, Vieques. (see map 1)


Location; "Sun Bay" Vieques Island today (see map 1)
Vieques Island Travel Guide


Scene location: "The Platforum" at Half Moon Bay, Vieques. (see map 2)


Scene location; "The Ravine" Vieques. From Tom Gaman (Simon) account; they put that rock there somehow. Jim and the "grips" -- locals the company hired to do such things. (see map 50)


Scene location; "The Mountain Top" Vieques. (see map 5)


Scene location; "The Mountain Top" Vieques (1996). (see map 5)


Scene location; "The Mountain Top" Vieques (1996). Tom Chapin (Jack) with "The Mountain Top" in the background. Tom Gaman (Simon) notes; a small hill on Vieques in the Naval area - We had to trespass to get there in 1996. (see map 5)


Scene location; "EL Yunque" Mountain Area, Puerto Rico. (see map 7)


Scene location; "The Mountain Top" Vieques. (see map 5)


Scene location; "The Ravine" Vieques. Along a road side near the Ravine. Just an impromptu shot by Gerry Feil. (see map 50)


Scene location; "The Ravine" Vieques. Roger Elwin (Roger) and the twins. (see map 50)


Scene location; "The Ravine" Vieques. A Chiorboy, probably Chris Harris or Roger Elwin. Tom Gaman (Simon) notes he don't know what's stuck on the spear tip, and that all their sodas were in bottles. The Webmaster thinks it's an old style beer can.


Scene location; "Sun Bay and/or Half Moon Bay" Vieques. (see map 1/2)


Scene location; "The Mountain Top" Vieques. "You let the fire go out" (see map 5)


Scene location; "The Mountain Top" Vieques. Roger Elwin (Roger) (see map 5)


Scene location; "Castle Rock" Aquadilla and/or Arecibo, Puerto Rico. (see map 49)


Scene location; "Castle Rock" Aquadilla, Puerto Rico. (see map 49)


Scene location; "Castle Rock" Aquadilla, Puerto Rico. (see map 49)


Scene location; "Castle Rock" Aquadilla, Puerto Rico. Tom Gaman (Simon) notes the cave no longer exist when he visited the site in 1996. (see map 49)


Scene location; "The Platform" Vieques. (see map 2)


Scene location; Unknown


Scene location; "El Yunpue" Mountain Area, Puerto Rico. (see map 7)


Scene location; "El Yunque" Mountain Area, Puerto Rico. (see map 7)


Scene location; "El Yunque" Mountain Area, Puerto Rico. (see map 7)


Scene location; "El Yunque" Mountain Area, Puerto Rico. (see map 7)


Scene location; "El Yunque" Mountain Area, Puerto Rico. (see map 7)


Scene location; "Castle Rock" very near the cave at Aquadilla Beach, Puerto Rico. (see map 49)


Scene location; Half Moon Bay, Vieques. The boys are having a fibrous plant smoke (Grapevine). (see map 2)


Scene location; "Castle Rock" very near the cave at Aquadilla Beach, Puerto Rico. (see map 49)


Scene location; Aquadilla Beach, Puerto Rico, near Castle Rock. Night fire for Simon's death scene (see map 49)


Scene location; Aquadilla Beach, Puerto Rico, near Castle Rock. Night fire for Simon's death scene. Shot complete in single night using light from military flares that burned for only ninety seconds each. (see map 49)


Scene location; Aquadilla Beach, Puerto Rico, part of Simon's death scene. (see map 49)


Scene location; Aquadilla Beach, Puerto Rico, part of Simon's death scene. Tom Gaman (Simon) said he was in the middle of this. Nobody speared him. They (the boys) were "warned" that they would be sent home for such action. (see map 49)


Scene location; Simon's body to the sea scene on a small Island off Fajardo Beach, Puerto Rico. (see map 33)


Scene location; "The Platform" at Half Moon Bay, Vieques. Note the palm tree which appears in several scenes. (see map 2)


Scene location; "Aquadilla Beach" Puerto Rico, near Castle Rock. Kudos for a great job to the young actor (Roger Allan) "Piers" in the movie for a rough acting stunt. (see map 49)


Location; "Castle Rock" Aquadilla, Puerto Rico. (see map 49)


Location; "Castle Rock" Aquadilla, Puerto Rico. Another rock placed by Jim on the cliff. (see map 49)





Location; "Castle Rock" Aquadilla, Puerto Rico. Piggy's death scene. The crew used a simple yet artful technique to portray Piggy being crushed by a large rock. A small slab of rock was moved between Piggy's face and the camera in a closeup shot. The scene is only seven frames long but it tells the story very well. (see map 49)


Scene location; "Castle Rock" Aquadilla, Puerto (see map 49)


Scene location; "Point Arenas" Vieques (see map 40)


Scene location; "Point Arenas" Vieques (see map 40)


Scene location; San Juan beach, Puerto Rico with Toby Robertson, Assistant Director as the Naval Officer. He appeared and in the BBC film "Time Flies" made in 1996 also. (see map 48)


Scene location; Point Arenas, Vieques. Tom Gaman (Simon) notes we burned off a hunk of the island, but less than it looks in the movie. Much of the smoke was from military smoke cannisters in red, green and blue smoke. The colors are hard to see in the black and white film, but if you look close you can see some very dark (black) smoke. This will be the red smoke.(see map 40)


Scene location; Point Arenas, Vieques, Center; Jack Chapin, Right; Nicholas Hammond, Left; Rene Sanfiorenzo, jr. (see map 40)


Scene location; San Juan, Ruerto Rico, Real British Naval Seaman from the HMS TROUBRIDGE docked at San Juan, Puerto Rico harbor. The HMS TROUBRIDGE was a "T" Class Destroyer built by John Brown (Clydebank), launched 23 Sep 1942 and completed 8 Mar 1943. Converted into an ASW frigate in 1957. Sold for breaking up 27 Feb 1970. (see map 48)


Scene location; Point Arenas, Vieques. Tom Gaman (Simon) notes he was in the shot although he had died earlier in the film script. (see map 40)


Location; "The Pineapple Factory" dormitory for the boys on Vieques Island. (see map 52)


Location; "The Pineapple Factory" dormitory for the boys on Vieques Island (1996). (see map 52)


Location; "The Pineapple Factory" dormitory for the boys on Vieques Island after hurricane Hugo took off the roof. (see map 52)


Location; "Frenchman's House" the film crew residence on Vieques Island. (Image from today). (see map 51)

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