The Best of Flamenco Beach Culebra – Culebra is 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. For more information the beautiful beaches of Haiti, visit our Greater Antilles Travel page, or visit us on Pinterest.
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.
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 Nightlife
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.
The 10 Best Culebra Hotels & Accommodations
Wow! Those beaches look amazing! I definitely need to plan holiday over there! Thanks for all the tips, it would be much easier now!
You are very welcome Fabio! Thanks for stopping by!
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!
Glad you enjoyed reading about Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico. Yes, the seafood is a must! Thanks for stopping by!
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?
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Thank you 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed visiting Beach Travel Destinations, and of course the beautiful Flamenco Beach. Thanks for stopping by!
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?
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!
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
Ok Chris, will do 🙂 Thanks for coming back and visiting Beach Travel Destinations!
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.
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!
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!
Agree with you completely and no, cruise ships do not go here 🙂 Thank goodness! Thanks for reading James!
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!
There are a ton of great beaches out there 🙂 Of course, Australia does have quite a few! Thanks for visiting.
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!
You are so welcome Jyoti! Glad you enjoyed reading about Flamenco Beach Culebra Puerto Rico. Thanks for visiting!
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for stopping by Mysa! I am glad you enjoyed, and yes a beach vacation is a great way to relax and de-stress!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!