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Instead of seeking for a WiFi Zone in Culebra, plan on bringing plenty of sunblock, an underwater camera and snorkel gear, you’ll have amazing experiences worth sharing with friends and family after you leave.
We’ll start off the list with our Top 5 Things to Do during your visit to the island of Culebra.
The top five activities are perfect for visitors that only have one day in Culebra. We highly encourage you to take a flight to Culebra instead of the ferry in order to have more time on the island. If you decide to take the ferry be sure to read our getting to Culebra travel tips.
We encourage you to spend at least two nights in Culebra to get the most of the island. Like many other visitors, your first trip here will inspire you to keep coming back for more.
Before you go through the list take a look at the following video, this is just some of the amazing scenery that will surround you, as you have fun under Puerto Rican the sun.
#1 – Swim, Dream and Relax at Flamenco Beach
Flamenco Beach is the main attraction on the island of Culebra. Included on the world’s best beaches lists, this ought to be your first stop and one you can’t miss. The only problem with Flamenco will be convincing yourself to leave in order to explore the rest of the island. Be sure to walk to the left end of Flamenco to see the Navy tanks. If you don’t get enough strenth to leave Flamenco, just stay and enjoy a day of swimming on clear waters, snorkeling to explore the coral reefs and enjoying great Puerto Rican food.
#2 – Go Snorkeling in Culebra, Puerto Rico
Culebra has been included on “World’s Best Islands for Snorkeling”, it is truly one of the few islands left in the Caribbean with a healthy coral reef system. We both love and hate to tell you about it, people tend to destroy these treasures for lack of education and conscience. We beg that you help us preserve our reefs by never touching, stepping, anchoring, fishing or taking anything away. Best beaches for snorkeling on the main island of Culebra are Carlos Rosario, Melones, Tamarindo, Flamenco, & Punta de Soldado.
#3 – Glide along turtles in Culebra
Glide along turtles on the clear waters of Flamenco and Tamarindo, beautiful beaches with magical experiences underneath the surface. If you don’t see any turtles at Flamenco, then head over to Tamarindo, typically there’s a higher number of them there.
#4 – Try a Hearty Puerto Rican Meal & Get it to Go
If you’re in Culebra for only a day and want to make the most of your time, get some traditional Puerto Rican food to go and head to another beach. Jiribilla BBQ located on corner of main street in Dewey gives you plenty of food, great local prices, and the food is hearty, well seasoned and delicious. Be sure to get chicken which is their speciality. We are not paid for the recommendation, it’s just good. The small restaurant is located right on the corner of main street.
#5 – Watch the Sunset
You spent a full day in Culebra, take a half hour to just sit down and admire a live unique painting being brushed and unveiled right in front of you…one more memory to add to a perfect day in Culebra. Head to Melones Beach, one of the best spots on the island to watch the sunset with easy access.
If you’re fortunate enough to spend more than a day in Culebra, following are more activities to enjoy. In Culebra, a simple activity can turn into an extraordinary adventure.
Walk around the little town of Dewey
Dewey is the only town in Culebra, a cute little one. A great way to get to know a destination is on foot, with just one hour, you can get a feel for the town. Go to restaurants locals go, grab a cup of coffee and quesito and sit at the little plaza, walk across the lift bridge, take a walk to the marina at Ensenada Bay, visit the local shops and don’t forget to stop by the tourism office for a bag with goodies to help you plan your stay.
Scuba Diving in Culebra
Culebra and it’s archipelago of islands offer about 50 dive sites from shallow to 75 feet dives with excellent sea life and pristine conditions. Whether you’re a beginnner or more advanced diver, Culebra will over deliver expectations.
Get to know Culebra’s Past by visiting El Polvorin Museum
On your way to Zoni Beach, be sure to stop by El Polvorin Museum where you can learn about the history of Culebra, watch a few documentaries, purchase some great souvenirs and books to take home.
Do a Little Shopping
In Culebra you won’t find a boardwalk polluted with repetitive souvenier shops, here there are no big chain clothing stores or supermarkets, residents like it and prefer it that way. While you’re walking around the town of Dewey, be sure to stop by and support friendly locals who proudly sell unique pieces of art, paintings, hand made clothes and more. For the ladies, be sure to visit Mercedes, her shop is located on the shops next to the tourism office; most of the pieces are hand made, fair prices and sure to start a conversation with friends about good times spent in Culebra.
Driving Around the island
The best way to get a feel for a new place is by getting behind the wheel and drive around. Be sure to have your camera ready, you’ll want to photograph colorful homes, the beautiful Ensenada bay, the green rolling hills, spectacular sweeping vistas, horses, roosters and chickens crossing the roads and more. More about getting around Culebra.
Culebra’s beaches are turtle nesting sites, the sand on the shores are home to sea and land creatures. You’re welcome to explore our island, we just ask that you’re a good guest by helping us protect our shores. Please don’t drive or park on the sand, that includes dirt bikes and golf carts.
Kayaking in Culebra
Kayak on the west coast beaches along the Luis Pena Cay, the waters are calm and very clear. You’ll want to pause along the way to take in all the wonder around you…you’ll wanna take a kayaking break to put on your snorkel gear in order to explore the gardens below the surface. Book a tour with a friendly knowledgable tour operator for both safety and making the most of your time in Culebra.
Book a Day Trip to Culebrita
The offshore island of Culebrita is a mini Culebra with it’s own enchantments. The crystal clear waters surrounding Culebrita are captivating with vivid tones of blue and green. A charter guide is the best way to enjoy the best of Culebrita, they’ll take you to Tortuga Beach, the Jacuzzi / Tidal Pools and on a guided scenic hike to the lighthouse ruins.
Photography, bring plenty of storage…
We are not professional photographers, we just have a nice point and shut camera, as you look around this site or do a Google image search you’ll see the unique natural beauty and dramatic landscapes of this island. Professional photographers could spend weeks here capturing all the breathtaking corners of Culebra. Whether you’re a professional or just simply love sharing pictures with your friends, you’ll run out of time and space on your digital camera / smartphone before you run out of places to photograph.
Take a hike in Culebra, Puerto Rico
Those that enjoy walks on nature trails with a reward at the end will fall in love with Culebra. The island offers various hiking trails leading to gorgeous secluded beaches with excellent snorkeling and scenic views along the way. Among some of the popular hiking / walking trails are the trails leading to Brava Beach, Resaca Beach trail (more difficult), and Carlos Rosario trail leading to the best snorkeling, The offshore island of Culebrita offers various hiking trails to lighthouse ruins with heavenly views, the tidal pools and beaches.
Boating & Sailing in Culebra
Culebra is actually an archipelago made up of 18 islands, making it a preferred destination for sailors and boaters. Schedule a boat charter for more excellent snorkeling spots, fishing, and the opportunity to visit more beautiful beaches only accessible by boat. Be sure to make it to Culebrita, there you can enjoy a day basking under the sun at Tortuga Beach, go for a hike up to the ruins of one of the oldest lighthouses in the Caribbean.
Fishing in Culebra
Birding / Bird Watching in Culebra, Puerto Rico
While you enjoy the beaches in Culebra or take a nature walk on the trails, you can observe and hear the sounds of native birds. Culebra is a National Wildlife Refuge providing a safe place for a diversity of migratory birds throughout the year.
The island of Culebra is small offering easy access to popular beaches that can be reached by bike for those that enjoy the sport. There are various hiking trails perfect for mountain biking for the more physically fit individual. For those on a tighter budget, bicycling is a good option. See bicycling rentals in our Getting around Culebra guide.
Surfing in Culebra
Culebra offers some great surfing spots, the few that get to ride the waves on these waters prefer to keep the best spots as a secret, various spots are only accessible by boat. Mamacita’s Guest House offers surfing classes for all ages on our pristine beaches. Here is a nice article on Culebra surfing.
SUP has become a popular water activity in the Caribbean. While the Condado Lagoon in San Juan is a very popular destination for paddleboarding in Puerto Rico, those wishing more tranquil settings head to the Spanish Virgin Islands of Vieques and Culebra. Culebra’s waters on the west coast around the Nature Reserve are calm. Bring your snorkel gear and be sure to take a break to explore the world underneath. Paddleboard on your own, schedule lessons or go on a guided tour.
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