Boats lining a cove on the island of Culebra.

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 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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White sand and clear water at Flamenco Beach on the island of Culebra.

The idyllic, palm-lined Flamenco Beach on the island of Culebra.

Beaches

Flamenco Beach is consistently ranked 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, Carlos Rosario Beach and Tamarindo Beach 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.

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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.

Two other top properties include the Sea Breeze Hotel and Mamacita’s Guest House. 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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