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Brava beach is blissfully private with magnificent beauty…loved by surfers dreaming of ocean waves all to themselves.

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Brava, another word for fierce, bad tempered or brave… A great name to describe this unique beach on the magical island of Culebra, Puerto Rico.

The beauty of Brava Beach is fierce, she is a nature diva with looks that captivate at first sight.  The beauty is complimented by striking rocks in tones of volcanic black to light grey giving photographers a perfect scene of contrasting colors against the sand and water.  Although beautifully fierce, Brava Beach is not pretentious, it invites you to wind down, be yourself, let all your cares disappear and engage all your senses.  Here at Brava Beach, you can experience the pleasures of solitude, peacefulness and greatness of nature.

Brava Beach / Playa Brava - Isla de Culebra, Puerto Rico

The ocean waves at Brava Beach can be bad tempered.  There are no lifeguards or facilities here, you are on your own. Enjoy this beach with care and common sense to keep you safe. This is not a beach for swimming, these waters demand respect.  Even experienced surfers should not come here alone, be sure to have someone to keep watch while you surf. The undertow and rip-current is strong. Swimming back may be a challenge even for experienced swimmers.

Brava is a great beach for taking a walk and letting the water caress your feet.  If you have children pay close attention to them.  Even getting into the water thigh high can be risky, the pull back is strong.  Come to Brava to enjoy peace, solitude and amazing natural beauty.

Getting here is part of the unique experience, an easy 20 – 30 minute hike through a dirt path yields a great reward at the end.

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Your feet will go from an arid dirt path to an expansive bed of light golden sand. Most likely you won’t find any footprints, you’ll see artful ripples leading to the sea created by the gentle ocean breeze.

Brava Beach - Ripples on the Sand - Culebra, Puerto Rico

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Items from the sea tend to wash ashore, locals and visitors have created some pretty cool structures with the items in artistic ways.  You may find volunteers keeping watch on turtle nesting season.

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If you dream of a place that will take your breath away and inspires you to clear your head, take a walk all the way to the end. Here you’ll find interesting rocks where you can sit down and do nothing but marvel at the beauty surrounding you.  Here you can unwind and meditate on all the simple, yet rich things, that life has to offer, and we often take for granted in this busy world.  This is what Culebra is all about…

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Below is Cayo Matojo, a pretty cay where you can observe birds who love to hang out here and play.

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Gorgeous volcanic rocks help frame the shore giving striking natural elegance to the landscape.

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You’ll find pebbles of all shapes and sizes among boulders and tree branches bleached and smoothed by time and water.

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Turtles

Brava Beach is one of the beaches where turtles come lay their eggs in Culebra. The strong currents make it easier for them to get ashore, local volunteers often take watch to keep the nesting sites safe.  If you see any signs of turtles nesting or see any areas robed off, please don’t disturb the areas.

Teaser photo gallery of Brava Beach

Getting to Brava Beach – Culebra, Puerto Rico

Hiking trail to Brava Beach - Culebra Island, Puerto RicoIf you’re driving from Dewey towards the airport, take a right at the intersection towards Zoni Beach (Road 250).

  • Driving straight and make a left at Museo El Polvorin (Museum).
  • Drive to the end of the road and park. Be sure not to block the private driveway.
  • This beach is a 20 minute easy walk and the path is clearly defined.

Map of Playa Brava & Cayo Matojo, Culebra

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Playa Brava & Cayo Matojo, Parking, & Hiking Trail - Culebra

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Playa Brava: 18.330329, -65.285161
Hiking to Playa Brava - Isla de Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.325033, -65.280161
Cayo Matojo - Isla de Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.337336, -65.289989
Playa Brava Parking - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.320171, -65.277838

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