Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico

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.

Culebra Weather (When to Visit)

The city is known to have moderate climate mainly due to the presence of so many water bodies in the same place. The best time to visit Culebra is in the winter, December to March, as the weather is dry and pleasant at this time. There will be rainless days with average temperatures between 65°F and 80°FMonsoons are better to avoid again because there are so many beaches and also as it gets too humid.

Best Culebra Beaches

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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'.

Tamarindo Beach, Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico, beach travel, beach travel destinations, best beaches in the world, Top 20 beaches in the world, Top Ten beaches in the world, things to do in Culebra, best Culebra hotels, best Culebra restaurants, best Culebra bars, Culebra Tours & ActivitiesTamarindo Beach

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.

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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.

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A pristine stretch of beach facing Cayo Luis Peña, Carlos Rosario is considered Culebra's best spot for snorkeling, but it also offers a wonderful place to sunbathe, dip in azure waters, and take a break from the Flamenco crowds.

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Among the closest beaches to the town of Dewey, Melones is an attractive spot that's a bit pebbly for those who want to lie on the sand all day but great for those who want to swim, snorkel, and watch the sunset.

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Culebra Tours & Activities

Culebra Island Kayak and Snorkel Morning Adventure

Start your day by exploring Culebra’s reefs, beaches, and marine life on a kayak and snorkel tour. Paddle through a turtle feeding ground, relax on white sand beaches, marvel at brilliant coral reefs, and swim with tropical fish and green sea turtles. Learn about Culebra’s fascinating history and ecosystem from your guide and enjoy snacks and cold drinks included in the tour price.  Learn more about the Kayak & Snorkel Adventure.

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.  Telephone:  787-435-3662  Web:  Culebra Snorkeling & Dive Center.

Pez-Vela Catamaran

30ft. Sailing Catamaran with Captain . Day trip including lunch and early dinner, sailing,snorkeling, sightseeing,fishing a wonderful time aboard the Pez Vela Catamaran.  Telephone:  787-215-3809  Web:  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.  Telephone:  787-529-3536  Web:  Culebra Island Adventures.

Culebra Day Trip by Catamaran from Fajardo

Cruise by high-speed catamaran to Culebra from Fajardo for a fun-filled day trip snorkeling, beach combing and sunbathing on this island paradise. Spend your morning exploring the fascinating undersea creatures that populate the island’s coral reefs before enjoying a buffet lunch complete with rum punch and piña colada refreshments. Then take the afternoon to relax and swim on the area’s perfect sugar-sand beaches, including Playa Flamenco and nearby Culebrita. Your excursion also includes snorkel equipment and offers optional round-trip transportation from hotels in Old San Juan, Condado or Isla Verde.  Learn  more about the Culebra Day Trip.

Best Culebra Restaurants

Susie's  $31 – 60

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.  Telephone:  787-340-7058  Web:  Susie's.

Zaco's Tacos  $11 – 30

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.   Telephone:  787-742-0243  Web:  Zaco's Tacos.

Vibra Verde  $11 – 30

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.  Web:  Vibra Verde.

Dinghy Dock  $11 – 30

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.  Telephone:  787-742-0233  Web:  Dinghy Dock.

Barbara Rosa  $11 – 30

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. Telephone:  787-742-0004  Web:  Barbara Rosa.

Best Culebra Bars

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.  Telephone:  787-742–0203  Web:  Blue Bar at the Spot.

Mamacita's

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.  Telephone:  787-742-0090  Web:  Mamacita's.

La Lobina

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.  Telephone:  787-556-3971  Web:  La Lobina.

Dinghy Dock

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.  Telephone:  787-742-0233  Web:  Dinghy Dock.

Best Culebra Hotels

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.

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.

Club Seabourne


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.

Palmetto Guesthouse


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.

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.

40 Comments

  1. Fabio

    Wow! Those beaches look amazing! I definitely need to plan holiday over there! Thanks for all the tips, it would be much easier now!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Fabio! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. David from Travelscams.org

    Many useful tips there, thanks for sharing in the article! Indeed, there is much to do in Culebra. Kite surfing as well as reef snorkeling are popular pastimes here, and while you are at it, make sure to try the delicious seafood!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed reading about Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico. Yes, the seafood is a must! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Marla

    This beach looks beautiful. I visited Puerto Rico about 12 years ago and haven’t gotten a chance to get back. I wish I would have know about this island when I was there. Was there much damage on this island from the hurricane? Are all the hotels still intact, or do you suggest contacting them ahead to find out if they still have damage?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great questions Marla. The first thing that happened on Puerto Rico is that they prepared to receive tourists again. This is there main source of income for the economy. So you will find that all the hotel are up and running with full service. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading about Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico.

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  4. Dee M.

    You’ve got a beautiful website here! Culebra was one of the places we wanted to go but were unable when we traveled to Puerto Rico 3 years ago. I would have loved to have seen it.

    Puerto Rico is such a beautiful place and somewhere I long to return to one day! I enjoyed your detailed guides on where to stay and what to do in Culebra! I’m going to save this so that if I ever get back to PR, I can use your guide to make sure I get to enjoy Culebra!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad I can be of help for your next trip to Puerto Rico.  And yes, you do need to visit Culebra, wonderful place, especially Flamenco Beach.  Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. sarah

    Wow, you made me want to go for holidays again. This is such an amazing destination and my next holiday will be according to your reviews. I really love your work and ideas about holidays and now I have become your regular reader and I recommend your website to others as well. Thank you for sharing such an amazing work with us.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Sarah, for continuing to stop by and give me some great support and comments. I am glad you enjoyed reading about this amazing beach travel destination.

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  6. Travelcooking

    Hi there!
    Amazing website! I love it! I love to travel and beaches are very often my destination, especially during winter!
    So many helpful information, deals and all that you need for your holiday on the beach!
    You can choice from beaches everywhere, plus many other travel solution, like cruise, train…
    Amazing website for travel lovers!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you 🙂  I am glad you enjoyed visiting Beach Travel Destinations, and of course the beautiful Flamenco Beach.  Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Shane Black

    Flamenco beach looks amazing! We’re spoiled for choice here in Australia when it comes to beautiful beaches… I think I need to add Puerto Rico to my travel list!
    Just a quick question though… how easy is it to navigate Puerto Rico if my Spanish is quite limited?
    Is it possible to get by if someone only speaks English?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting Shane and you are spoiled living in Australia.  I live on the beach as well.  You can most certainly get by in Puerto Rico with just English.  Remember they are part of the U.S. 🙂  Thanks for visiting!

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  8. curtis

    I have been to Puerto Rico, but not this specific place. It sound really cool. I am not a huge beach person, but my wife is, so she would love this. Looks like some great food and night life can be had as well.
    I will have to think about adding this to my bucket list.
    Thanks for another detailed and interesting review.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok Curtis 🙂 What is nice is that your wife can enjoy the beach, but there is also plenty to do, explore, shopping and of course great food. You would both love it here!

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  9. Christopher

    Hi Leahrae:

    Wow, Culebra sounds like heaven on earth! But, I have to admit, I didn’t know it existed before I read your post.

    You have a very comprehensive description of this lovely place that would make anyone in their right mind want to go.

    I have always wanted to travel to the Caribbean! When I do, this will be on my itinerary. And, I will be sure to include the lovely Flamenco Beach!

    Do I need to brush up on my Spanish before traveling here?

    Thanks!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Christopher, and yes it is heaven on Earth!  You will need to visit Flamenco Beach for sure 🙂  It is a beach lovers dream.  You do not need to brush up on your Spanish, of course doing so is not going to hurt .  Thanks for visiting and reading about Culebra Puerto Rico.

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  10. chris

    Another great post on another great beach, every time i read one of your posts on these fabulous beaches, i’m sold any ready to book.
    Then i read another one of your posts and i want to book again, your articles are well written which gives you all the information you need to book that amazing beach holiday, keep up the good work and keep adding more beaches.

    Thanks Chris

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok Chris, will do 🙂 Thanks for coming back and visiting Beach Travel Destinations!

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  11. Garen

    Hey Leahrae,

    Culebra beach seems like my kind of place. Whenever I travel I don’t like places that are packed with tons of people. I guess you could say I’m an introvert in that aspect.

    How come you don’t need a passport to travel there, though? Wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a passport? Especially if you’re from the United States.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Puerto Ricans, by law, are citizens of the United States. So since they are actually considered part of the U.S., no passport is necessary. So you really don’t need one 🙂 Yes, this is my kind of place as well! Thanks for stopping by Garen!

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  12. James Krug

    Great beach. I hope cruise ships don’t go there. That would ruin the fact that this island is secluded. I love that, its like having your own island. There are plenty of restaurants and a few hotels so this would make a great place for a vacation. Great snorkeling too!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Agree with you completely and no, cruise ships do not go here 🙂 Thank goodness! Thanks for reading James!

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  13. Marvin

    Hi Leahrae, Great article! Im from Western Australia and I think we have the best beaches in the world, that being said, Culebra looks amazing. I will have to stick it on the bucket list!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      There are a ton of great beaches out there 🙂 Of course, Australia does have quite a few! Thanks for visiting.

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  14. Jyoti

    Wow, I’m a big fan of beach holidays myself but never got a chance to go to Puerto Rico. I really enjoyed the post and the beautiful visuals. Thanks for the great read!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome Jyoti! Glad you enjoyed reading about Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico. Thanks for visiting!

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  15. Stratos

    Another great travel guide article with so much info. With so many details you provide I don’t know to which destination I would like to go first as they all look so nice. Amazing.

    Maybe one day one of your articles will persuade me to go there.Keep up the good work.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I will persuade you one day! You will have to pack your bags and go relax on some gorgeous beach destination. Thanks for reading about Culebra Puerto Rico.

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  16. Mysa

    Very good reviews, I wish I could be at a beach right now, just looking at the pictures makes me want to book a holiday very soon, just a great way to destress especially when there is less rush. Thankyou for an informative post.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by Mysa! I am glad you enjoyed, and yes a beach vacation is a great way to relax and de-stress!

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  17. Alicia

    Wow, if I am living on the other side of the world, I would have visit the Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico. I like how it is build to have no casino. I really like to visit peaceful beaches, it is really stress relieving.

    I am now residing in the Philippines, I can see in your other post that El Nido is in the list too. But there’s actually many more beaches there that’s not known by tourist, only by locals. They are fantastic too and not crowded. Good if you want to enjoy and peaceful moments.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I have not gotten to the beaches in the Philippines yet for review, only if it was on the Top 20 World’s best beaches list 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. catherine mimnagh

    I really love the sound of Zoni beach. I like the fact that there are no facilities because this will make it less busy , more tranquil and and that what I want on a holiday! We have been considering a trip to central America, so I will have to keep this place in mind. My kids have never been scuba diving before so maybe we will try and do Culebra too! Thank you for this info.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Catherine for visiting Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico. I think you will find that the whole island is going to be less busy than most other Caribbean destinations. The busiest beach, of course, will be Flamenco Beach. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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  19. Eric

    Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico sounds like a great place to go. Interesting that it’s known for being about the natural beauty and lack of development.

    Is there any chaos still going on with the island? I remember not that long ago there was a lot of damage done by a hurricane and because of the lack of help given by the US things didn’t sound too upbeat.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great question Eric, they are still rebuilding, but all services are available and the tourism industry (to include hotels, etc) are back in business. They are actually encouraging tourists to visit, as tourism is a big part of the economy and will help them get to 100%. They have came a long way in 8 months. Thanks for visit Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico.

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  20. Jeremy

    Now I want nothing more than to take a vacation here. It’s been a while since I’ve had a nice vacation by the beach, let alone a more peaceful vacation spot with a beach, so I’ll have to keep this place in mind for the future! I’ve never been snorkeling, but want to try. Do you recommend buying snorkeling equipment or do places usually let you rent? Thanks for the information!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Jeremy and glad you enjoyed my post on Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico! You will find it easy to rent snorkeling gear. I suggest renting first anyway, so you can decide if you like it enough to purchase equipment. Thanks for visiting!

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