Flamenco beach in Culebra has been recognized as one of the best beaches in the world.

Culebra

Acclaimed for its white-sand beaches and active reef, Culebra is one of the major islands in Puerto Rico’s archipelago.

Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature, beach hop, or simply unwind, Culebra will give you the peace and tranquility you seek, in a truly pristine place.

It is located 20 miles off the coast of Fajardo, on the east side of Puerto Rico, and can be reached by a small plane or boat. The whole island is about 10 square miles and is divided into six barrios (districts). Culebra is surrounded by more than 20 cays bustling with marine life, making it an absolute haven for underwater adventurers and casual beachgoers alike.

Reaching Culebra can be done by air or sea. The fastest way is to catch a small plane departing from either SJU or Isla Grande airports (tickets range from $60–$90 per trip), and there is also a ferry that departs from the town of Ceiba (for $3-$5 and about 40 minutes from SJU airport).

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View of a boardwalk at Tamarindo beach in Culebra, one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in Puerto Rico.

Tamarindo beach in Culebra is one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in Puerto Rico. 

Beaches

Flamenco beach is consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the world; its soft white sand and gentle topaz waves are a stunning contrast to the rolling green hills of the island's interior. This beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and simply relaxing or snapping photos. Until 1975, parts of Culebra were a Naval base, and an iconic tank at the western end of the beach is evidence of the island's military history.

Surrounded by beautiful barrier reefs, Playa Carlos Rosario and Playa Tamarindo are among Puerto Rico’s best snorkeling areas. Tamarindo beach also shares its waters with the Luis Peña Channel Natural Reserve — known simply as Cayo Luis Peña — and is part of the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, which includes a string of beaches perfect for turtle watching.

Also part of Cayo Luis Peña is Isla Culebrita. This uninhabited island is a water-taxi away from Culebra’s east coast and has six small beaches, of which Playa Tortuga is the most famous. The only man-made structure is the Isla Culebrita Lighthouse — one of the oldest lighthouses in the Caribbean — but the abandoned tower blends with the island’s dense vegetation.

Things to do on Culebra

Dining

Stop by the Dinghy Dock and enjoy fresh-caught specialties such as swordfish, snapper, octopus, and shrimp. The bold flavors and authentic Caribbean cuisine are not to be missed!

Susie’s is another great choice, and their blend of Puerto Rican and Asian cuisine is an exquisite fusion of flavors. The restaurant’s aesthetic and outdoor dining will enhance your experience.

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Where to Stay

Nestled on the hillsides of Culebra, Club Seabourne is a mini-resort that offers an intimate escape for those who enjoy simplicity. Your stay comes with access to a pool, private dock, watersports equipment rentals, and even laundry service. Other top property includes the Sea Breeze Hotel.

You can also enjoy living the island life by booking a stay at one of the island’s numerous guest houses, villas, and vacation rentals.

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Located 20 miles off the coast of Fajardo, on the east side of Puerto Rico, the island of Culebra can be reached by small plane or boat. The whole island is about 10 square miles and is divided into six barrios (districts). Culebra is surrounded by more than 20 cays bustling with marine life, making it an absolute haven for underwater adventurers and casual beachgoers alike.

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