Explore the secluded island of Culebrita in the Spanish Virgin Islands, a paradise of pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and historical sights.

Culebrita, Spanish Virgin Islands

Explore the secluded island of Culebrita in the Spanish Virgin Islands, a paradise of pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and historical sights.

Matt and Britney Weidert

Matt Weidert

Culebrita, a tiny gem within the Spanish Virgin Islands, offers an unparalleled blend of natural beauty, tranquility, and adventure, making it an essential stop for yacht charter itineraries in the Caribbean. Let's explore what makes Culebrita such a special destination, from its picturesque anchorages to the variety of activities available on and around the island.

Why Culebrita?

Culebrita is celebrated for its untouched natural landscapes, vibrant marine life, and historical significance. This small, uninhabited island remains one of the Caribbean's best-kept secrets, providing a serene escape from the busier tourist destinations. Its crystal-clear waters, stunning beaches, and the remnants of a historical lighthouse offer a unique blend of nature and history. The island is a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife, especially sea turtles, making it an ideal spot for those looking to immerse themselves in nature​​.

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Culebrita Beach - Playa Tortuga

Where is Culebrita?

Positioned just east of Culebra, Culebrita is part of the Spanish Virgin Islands, lying between the US Virgin Islands to the east and Puerto Rico to the west. This strategic location makes Culebrita a perfect day trip for those exploring the Spanish Virgin Islands, offering sheltered anchorages and an escape into pristine natural environments​​.
Culebrita on a cloudy day during one of our recent bareboat charter trips

What to Do in Culebrita

  • Tortuga Beach: Known for its breathtaking crescent-shaped beach lined with palm trees, Tortuga Beach is a paradise for sunbathers and swimmers. The clear, turquoise waters make for an excellent snorkeling spot, where you can encounter a rich variety of marine life.
  • The Lighthouse: Take a hike to the abandoned lighthouse on the island's highest point. Although it's no longer in operation and has suffered damage from hurricanes, the lighthouse offers panoramic views of the surrounding sea and islands. The hike itself is an adventure, traversing rocky paths and lush vegetation​​.
  • Natural Tide Pools: The northern end of Culebrita hosts natural tide pools, known locally as "jacuzzis." These pools warm up under the tropical sun, creating a unique and relaxing bathing experience amidst the rugged coastal scenery.
  • Wildlife Watching: Culebrita is a haven for wildlife, particularly sea turtles, which are often seen swimming in the clear waters around the island. Birdwatchers can also enjoy spotting various species that inhabit this untouched paradise.
  • Snorkeling and Exploring the Reefs: The waters around Culebrita are home to vibrant coral reefs teeming with life. Snorkelers can explore these underwater ecosystems, encountering everything from colorful fish to majestic sea turtles.
Palm Trees at Playa Tortuga on Isla Culebrita
Culebrita is a treasure within the Spanish Virgin Islands, offering visitors a blend of stunning natural beauty, rich biodiversity, and historical intrigue. Whether you're hiking to the old lighthouse, lounging in the natural jacuzzis, or snorkeling among vibrant coral reefs, Culebrita provides a tranquil and unforgettable escape into the heart of the Caribbean's unspoiled nature.

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