Known for its diamond-dust beaches and world-class diving reefs, Culebra is probably more famous for what it hasn’t got than for what it does have. There are no big hotels here, no golf courses, no casinos, no fast-food chains, no rush-hour traffic and, no stress. Residents prefer to keep the island’s natural treasures as the main attractions. Most of Culebra is a natural refuge, keeping it safe from over development, allowing visitors and residents to enjoy a pristine tropical paradise. If you love snorkeling, Culebra is the place, offering some of the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean.
Culebra is just off mainland Puerto Rico, but with a very different vibe, and the island’s slow pace can take a bit of getting used to. It’s home to a range of gorgeous natural areas, bays, snorkeling sites, hiking trails and of course of fine beaches. Come, join the local vibe and explore one of Puerto Rico’s most gorgeous destinations. Culebra may be small and tranquil, but there are plenty of activities for nature lovers with Culebra’s natural wonders. You can enjoy hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, and sightseeing that is awe inspiring.
Travelers from across the world have voted Flamenco Beach as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The combination of powdery white sand, blue skies, the clear blue sea, and an unobstructed view to Puerto Rico’s main island makes it an ideal beach. Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico is listed as one of the top 20 beaches in the world. Here you can find information on all of the 20 most beautiful beaches of the world. Read our Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico Travel guide to start planning your vacation to this wonderful beach destination.
Getting to Culebra
Flying is the fastest, most reliable and hassle free way of traveling to Culebra from the main island of Puerto Rico. Book your flights to Culebra and prepare for a scenic ride to this breathtaking treasure. No passport is required for US Citizens. Major cities from the United States offer daily flights to the San Juan International Airport offering competitive rates by various airlines. If you take a morning flight and a connecting commuter flight from San Juan to Culebra you could be in Culebra in time for your hotel check-in. Various cities from Europe now offer direct flights to capital city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Due the longer flight, it is recommended you stay in San Juan for a few days to enjoy all the wonderful attractions and then head to Culebra for the remainder of your trip.
Getting to Culebra by Ferry is the other option. At $4.50 per person round-trip, it’s a fantastic price for budget travelers, but there’s a bit of a catch. Parking can be atrocious, and it’s recommended that you get there no later than 1 1/2 hours early to get a spot in the lot and you definitely want to catch the 9:00 am ferry because the next one doesn’t leave until 3:00 pm. The ferry only leaves out of Fajardo, which is about 1 1/2 hours south of San Juan, which could mean a VERY early morning.
Boat charters offer a good alternative if you’re traveling in a group and don’t want to be restricted by ferry or airline timetables. Try Puerto Rico Water Taxi.
Getting Around Culebra
If you’re visiting Culebra for a day, you’ll find plenty of taxi drivers at the ferry terminal and airport ready to take you for a day of bliss at Flamenco Beach. If you’re arriving in the morning, it is highly recommended you to rent a jeep or golf cart to get the most out of your day. Jeep rentals are the most popular and recommended form of transportation for visitors. There are various beautiful places you don’t want to miss with dirt roads best handled with 4 wheel drive. Average rates for jeeps are $66 per day. Scooter Rentals is a fun way of getting around the island and less costly than jeeps. Golf carts are also popular but only recommend for visitors on the island mainly interested in seeing Flamenco Beach and the most accessible beaches. Bicycle Rentals are also a wonderful way of getting around. There’s little traffic in Culebra making it easy to get around the island.
Weather (When to Go)
Average temperatures in Culebra vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The hottest months are August, July, and then September. If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Culebra are March, February, and then June. Culebra has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (65.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (73.1%). The busiest months for tourism in Culebra is May thru July. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. November is going to be the best month, if you are looking for value. Hotel rates during this month are less than any other time of year.
If you’re spending at least 3 days in Culebra, we encourage you to schedule a boat charter to Culebrita, there you can hike to the ruins of a historic lighthouse, enjoy heavenly views and spend a few hours at the amazing Tortuga beach.
Flamenco Beach is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world by, and by far the most popular beach in Culebra. Its white sandy beach stretches along the entire bay, you will feel the Caribbean sun everywhere and wonder why you had waited this long. Flamenco is a great place to snorkel, sunbathe, and swim. If you are spending the day here, you will find plenty of ‘amenities’. There are several kiosks which rent the typical beach accessories; chairs, umbrellas, tents and other camping gear. Others sell food and drinks, including the perfect tropical ‘Piña Colada’.
Cayo Luis Peña
Cayo Luis Peña is the island of peaks, rocks, forests and coves you’ll pass just a few minutes before the ferrylands you at Culebra’s dock. This island is a part of the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge and it has a collection of small sheltered beaches and snorkeling all around the island. Luis Peña is a short kayak or water-taxi trip from Culebra.
Tamarindo Beach is a long beach with great waves. The currents here can be strong so watch the posted advisories when swimming, but much of Tamarindo Beach is perfect for those just learning how to surf. Great swimming, surf, fishing, and water sports during the day, buzzing nightlife come sunset. The younger crowds enjoy the local bars and discotheques.
Zoni Beach is a wide and long beach with dazzling shades of blues, views of the archipelago of Culebra, and the islands of St. Thomas and Tortola in the distance. There are no facilities at Zoni Beach. So bring everything you will need at the beach, especially sunscreen and water if you’re taking the walk down the beach. If you love taking long walks on the beach, then this is the one beach you don’t want to miss. Zoni Beach has it all for the perfect walk, scenery, the sound of the surf, light soft sand for ease of walking and another beach to explore at the north end.
Things to Do
Kayaking Puerto Rico
They are a group of young people in love with the island. They know Puerto Rico and want to share it with the world! They offer the best selection of award-winning Puerto Rico tours. Discover Bioluminescence on their Bio Bay Fajardo Kayak tour. Pilot your own, zippy mini boat in the Mini Boat Beach and Snorkeling Adventure tour. For the ultimate Snorkeling Adventure, join them in our Culebra Island Aquafari Kayak and Snorkeling tour. And if you want it all in one day check out the Bio Bay & Rainforest Combo tour.. For more information call 787-245-4545, or visit them on the web at Kayaking Puerto Rico.
Culebra Snorkeling & Dive Center
Culebra Snorkeling & Dive Center is kids friendly even those small feet and located in downtown area close to everything. With their Snorkeling Center and retail gear shop, they provide Culebra’s visitors all water sports options including kayaking, Boogie/Surf Boards, Paddle boards along with a full line of beach needs for your visit to the island of Culebra. For more information call 787-435-3662, or visit them on the web at Culebra Snorkeling & Dive Center.
30ft. Sailing Catamaran with Captain . Day trip including lunch and early dinner, sailing,snorkeling, sightseeing,fishing a wonderful time aboard the Pez Vela Catamaran. For more information call 787-, or visit them on the web at Pez-Vela Catamaran.
Culebra Island Adventures
Come and enjoy small groups snorkeling in one of the Caribbean’s most pristine islands, Culebra, Puerto Rico. Experience swimming with turtles,sea rays, and colorful fish through breathtaking corals, while being guided b y certified professionals in beautiful and warm turquoise waters. For more information call 787-529-3536, or visit them on the web at Culebra Island Adventures.
Carlos Jeep Rental
Carlos Jeep Rental is a 100% LOCAL company in Puerto Rico. They are the key to your adventure in Culebra. The island of Culebra has a lot of natural resources including one of the best beaches in the world named Flamenco. With their Jeeps and vehicles you can explore every corner of our beautiful island. Don’t miss the opportunity! For more information call 787-742-3514, or visit them on the web at Carlos Jeep Rental.
Best Rated Restaurants
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$$ – $$$ Susie’s
Beautifully presented Puerto Rican–Asian fusion fare, this Culebra favorite curates a rotating collection of crowd-pleasing dishes, always including fresh fish such as grouper and snapper. Located just past the airport, the restaurant has a vague hacienda feel, albeit with outdoor dining and tiki torches. For more information call 787-340-7058, or visit them on the web at Susie’s.
$ Zaco’s Tacos
This hip open-air restaurant dishes up ultra-fresh Mexican fare plus a smattering of tasty salads. If you’re hungry, order a monster-sized burrito with all the fixings. Enjoy your meal in the clapboard dining room or on the shady back patio. Daily specials are worth a look. For more information call 787-742-0243, or visit on the web at Zaco’s Tacos.
$$ – $$$ Vibra Verde
The menu of this great little eatery is a delight of healthy, organic fare. Granola breakfasts are joined by freshly made baked goods, eggs and fine coffee. Lunch includes a wealth of tasty sandwiches. Service, unfortunately, can be painfully slow. For more information visit them on the web at Vibra Verde.
$$ – $$$ Dinghy Dock
It’s easy to get mesmerized by the giant tarpon that swim right up to this open-air restaurant, just a couple of feet from diners. Seafood is the reason to come here – fresh catches such as swordfish and snapper are joined by octopus and shrimp salads. Steak makes a great alternative. All around, the flavors are refreshingly bold. For more information call 787-742-0233, or visit them on the web at Dinghy Dock.
$$ Barbara Rosa
You are the waiter at this diminutive cafe. You’re also in Barbara’s house – her front verandah to be more exact. When you’ve decided what you want from a fine menu of great burgers, seafood, fish and chips, and fab onion rings, holler through the kitchen hatch to place your order. Bring your own booze. Cash only. For more information call 787-742-0004, or visit them on the web at Barbara Rosa.
Blue Bar at the Spot
Blue walls evoke the feeling of the surrounding ocean at this former lunch spot turned late-night hangout and coffee bar. Favorite local bartender Gretchen Costa tends to cocktails here, serving specialty shots with unique Caribbean flair. The must-order drink is the Drunken Seagull, a refreshing libation that certainly can sneak up on you after a couple of rounds. Shrug off the hangover with a shot of cappuccino or espresso. For more information call 787-742–0203, or visit them on the web at Blue Bar at the Spot.
The after-dinner bar scene at this restaurant is sizzling. On weekends, locals, expats and yacht crews head here for its open-air deck and Friday-night DJ. Bomba y plena drummers get the patio bouncing every Saturday night, when everybody hits the dance floor. Happy hour starts at 4pm during the week. For more information call 787-742-0090, or visit them on the web at Mamacita’s.
A hot spot for locals and expats, La Lobina has a huge outdoor deck opening onto the bay – perfect on warm nights – and an indoor lounge with a pool table and TVs tuned to the latest sporting events. Live salsa bands or DJs transform the deck into a dance floor most weekends. For more information call 787-556-3971, or visit them on the web at La Lobina.
Dinghy Dock is the spot where the island’s expat community begins piling into the bar around sunset. It can be a raucous scene, especially when there’s a band. The party continues into the wee hours, even during the week. For more information call 787-742-0233, or visit them on the web at Dinghy Dock.
Hillbay View Suites
This property is a 20-minute walk from the beach. Featuring air conditioning, Hillbay View Suites is set in Culebra, 1.9 miles from Flamenco Beach. The accommodation is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units include a terrace and/or balcony with sea views. All units feature a kitchenette equipped with a microwave and toaster. Every unit has a private bathroom with a bath or shower and free toiletries. Bed linen is featured. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hillbay View Suites.
Villa Ensenada Honda
Villa Ensenada Honda is located a 5-minute drive from Emsemada Honda Bay and 2 miles from Flamenco Beach. It features airport shuttle and free parking. The villa includes a TV, air conditioning and a balcony. There is a full kitchen with a microwave and a refrigerator. The private bathroom also features a hairdryer. You can enjoy sea view and city view from the room. Guests can find a variety of restaurants within about a quarter mile. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Villa Ensenada Hotel.
This property is a 9-minute walk from the beach. Overlooking Fulladoza Bay the hotel offers a dock and access to water sports facilities. The hotel is 2 miles from Culebra Pueblo town center and 4 miles from Flamenco Beach. Units feature private balconies or decks, with views of tropical gardens or Fulladoza Bay at Club Seabourne Hotel. The rooms also have a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Guests can relax at the fully equipped bar with signature rum cocktails. It offers views of the grounds. Club Seabourne Hotel features an outdoor pool and hammocks. The hotel also offers water sports rentals and massage services. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Club Seabourne.
Palmetto Guesthouse is a small 6-room property set on the rustic island of Culebra, Puerto Rico and is just a 30 minute flight from San Juan or a 1.5-hour ferry ride from Fajardo. Each small bedroom at the Palmetto Guesthouse offers air conditioning, a fan and a mini-fridge. All rooms have a private bathroom with a shower. The property provides tea and local coffee and 2 communal kitchens so you can prepare your own breakfast and dine in the sunny courtyard or tree shaded garden. The seating room has a book exchange and board games and free WiFi is available throughout the house and gardens. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Palmetto Guesthouse.
Island Charm Culebra
This brand new modern house is situated hillside boasts AMAZING Blue Water views of Ensenada Honda, Dakity, out to the Caribbean! Sit and relax on your huge covered terrace and watch boats come and go from town. The completed kitchen has all the comforts of home including a large refrigerator, stove top, microwave, blender, toaster, and a complete set of cookware, utensils and dishes. A coffee maker is included in each room with complimentary coffee daily. Full air conditioning, dining table, a flat screen TV with Dish Network, patio furniture, 2 beach chairs, a cooler and 2 Beach towels per unit are also included for you to enjoy. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Island Charm Culebra.