Diving in Puerto Rico – 1989

I’ve hardly scanned any of my hundreds of pictures from our time living in Puerto Rico – 1988 to 1991. We lived in a big poured concrete house on top of the highest hill overlooking the Caribbean on the U.S. Naval Base at Roosevelt Roads (Ceiba). Hurricane Hugo (1989) blew out almost all of our windows – we weren’t there as we had evacuated a day before the storm hit. Our belongings were water damaged and our cars were scratched and sandblasted by the fierce winds but we were safe and our cats made it through the storm just fine (interior safe room with plenty of food and water).

We feel for the good people of Puerto Rico. It’s a tough little island and I’m sure they’ll pull through but the recovery will be slow and painful.

Here’s a photo I did find on my PC. It’s me getting ready for a dive at one of our favorite swimming spots on base.


Photo by Carol

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Our house is circled in blue with the line underneath. This area was known as Nimitz Drive and was senior enlisted base housing. It looks like the forest (jungle) has taken over.

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Large scale view of eastern Puerto Rico. Our house was in the small red circle. We could easily see the island of Vieques from our upstairs windows. The large red circle is where Hurricane Maria made landfall.

Hoping that Puerto Rico can recover quickly.

Chris and Carol

5 thoughts on “Diving in Puerto Rico – 1989

    1. Hi Pam,
      We just missed one another. We lived at 28A Nimitz Drive from September 1988 to September 1991. Our house got clobbered by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 – blew out almost all of the windows and flooded the house. Even a few coconuts inside! We were back in Florida at that time so we missed the worst of being there when the storm hit. We got on the true last flight out of San Juan to Miami before they closed the airport. I’ll post some additional pictures as I find them.


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