Flamenco Beach, Culebra – Image courtesy of Katka Nemcokova/nemcok.sk
Introducing Culebra, Puerto Rico
Choose from several stunning beaches, including idyllic Flamenco Beach, go snorkelling at nearby Playa Carlos Rosario, dive at one of the 50 sites that surround the island and experience offshore islets by kayak.
Explore the national wildlife refuge, home to a large seabird colony of terns and boobies, as well as one of the most important turtle-nesting sites in the Caribbean.
Hike up to the abandoned lighthouse on neighbouring Culebrita – the only permanent structure on the island – for spectacular views.
Best Beach on Culebra Island
Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best beaches, Playa Flamenco is located on Culebra’s west shore and is easily accessible by a thrice-daily ferry service from Fajardo.
Choose your own spot to sunbathe and swim on this idyllic white-sand beach that stretches for 1.3km around a half moon-shaped bay.
Surrounded by rolling green hills and bordered by the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, Playa Flamenco gently shelves into reef-protected waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling at the rocky outcrops above parrotfish, blue tang and wrasse.
This uncrowded beach is edged by scenic walking trails and fringed by sand dunes covered in native vegetation and occasional sea grape and palm trees.
Surf usually pounds the offshore reef at the western end of the beach. Flamenco is the only beach on Culebra with facilities such as shade huts, toilets, showers and food kiosks selling snacks and cold drinks.
Stay longer at the Tamarindo Estates, which faces a white-sand beach and is the perfect base for exploring this small island.
Getting to Culebra
Culebra sits in an archipelago of 24 islands just 29km east of Puerto Rico. By air Culebra is just a short hop from San Juan.
By ferry, the trip from Puerto Rico takes an hour. There is no public transport on Culebra; instead you can explore the island by hire car or mountain bike.
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