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°F. Monsoons are better to avoid again because there are so many beaches and also as it gets too humid.
Best Culebra Beaches
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.