Discover Culebra, a paradise in the Spanish Virgin Islands, known for its pristine beaches, diverse marine life, and protected natural surroundings.

Culebra, Spanish Virgin Islands

Discover Culebra, a paradise in the Spanish Virgin Islands, known for its pristine beaches, diverse marine life, and protected natural surroundings.

Matt and Britney Weidert

Matt Weidert

Culebra is a serene and relatively under-the-radar destination within the Spanish Virgin Islands, cherished by those seeking a more authentic and untouched island experience. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you discover this gem.

Why Culebra?

Culebra offers an irresistible mix of natural beauty, tranquility, and adventure. It stands apart from its more frequented neighbors, the US and British Virgin Islands, due to its unspoiled landscapes, stunning beaches, and vibrant marine life. The island promises an escape where one can truly connect with nature, away from crowded tourist spots. Its charm lies in its simplicity, offering pristine conditions for snorkeling, fishing, and simply soaking in the beauty of the Caribbean​​.
Carlos Rosario, Culebra

Where is Culebra?

Located approximately 22 miles east of Puerto Rico's mainland, Culebra is an accessible paradise, forming part of the Spanish Virgin Islands. It's a small island, only 7 miles long and 3 miles wide, with Ensenada Honda serving as its central harbor and the heart of yacht exploration in the area. Despite its proximity to the mainland and ease of access from the US Virgin Islands, Culebra feels like a world apart, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in its quiet charm and natural wonders​​. Discover these amazing anchorages in Culebra.
Culebra Sunrise

What to Do in Culebra

  • Explore the Beaches: Culebra is most famous for its breathtaking beaches, with Flamenco Beach leading the pack. Known for its soft, white sands and crystal-clear waters, Flamenco is often ranked among the top beaches globally. It's perfect for a day of relaxation, snorkeling, or enjoying a sunset with a cold Puerto Rican Medalla beer in hand.
  • Snorkeling at Playa Tamarindo: For those looking to snorkel with sea turtles, Playa Tamarindo is an excellent choice. The beach's shallow waters are a feeding ground for rays and turtles, offering a peaceful setting to observe these magnificent creatures.
  • Culebrita Wildlife Refuge: A short distance from Culebra, Culebrita is an uninhabited island sanctuary. Home to beautiful beaches such as Playa Tortuga, visitors can enjoy lunch on the sands, snorkel in the surrounding waters, and potentially spot one of the four different species of sea turtles known to nest here.
  • Hiking and Historic Sites: Venture to Culebrita's lighthouse for panoramic views and a touch of history. Though the lighthouse is no longer maintained, it offers a glimpse into the past and a stunning overlook of the surrounding waters and islands.
  • Dining and Nightlife: While Culebra's nightlife is modest, it boasts charming eateries and bars. The Dinghy Dock is a popular spot where visitors can enjoy local cuisine while watching tarpons in the water. For a more lively evening, Mamacita's hosts live music on weekends, serving classic Puerto Rican dishes and cocktails​​.
Playa Flamenco, Culebra
Culebra is a treasure for those seeking a quiet retreat amidst nature's splendor. Its laid-back vibe, combined with the abundance of natural attractions, makes it an ideal destination for adventurers, nature lovers, and anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of more touristy locales.

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