Exploring Culebra Island in Puerto Rico? Here is everything you need to know

There are beautiful places in the world with special qualities, and Culebra Island in Puerto Rico is one of them. Culebra is a secret, with so much to explore and share. There are plenty of activities travelers can enjoy here – from snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving to fishing and visiting the breathtaking scenes that surround this island. It is an ideal place to relax and connect with nature. The attractions here are some of the best one can ever experience. Planning to explore Culebra Island in Puerto Rico? Here is all you need to know.

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Visit Culebra Island

Because Culebra is located at the end of the Virgin Islands archipelago, it is sometimes called “Ultima Virgin”, which translates to the last virgin. Cayetano Escudero discovered this island in 1880, and it has been a major tourist attraction ever since. To get to Culebra Island, visitors can board a ferry from Fajardo to the island.

  • Cost of a ferry from Fajardo: $4.50 Travelers can also access the island through flights available at the island’s small airport. The airport offers transportation services to and from San Juan.
  • Flight cost: about $120 (round trip).

Culebra is known as a weekend safari destination – thanks to the many beautiful beaches there. This area has some of the most spectacular coral reefs, allowing divers to walk around and experience the best of these beaches. Travelers can also explore the cays surrounding the island, although the Fish and Wildlife Service requires every visitor to provide a permit.

  • Address of the Fish and Wildlife Service: Box 510, Boquerón, PR 00622

The Culebra National Wildlife Refuge administers and regulates visitation to the area to ensure the island’s resources are well protected.

Top Tourist Attractions in Culebra

Flamenco beach

Flamenco Beach is Culebra’s most famous beach and is considered the best in the United States and on earth. It features soft white sand and beautiful coral reefs, making it an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling. Visitors can camp on the north side of Flamenco Beach. Campgrounds here are government run.

  • Contact for reservations: Autoridad de Conservación y Desarrollo de Culebra, Attn: Playa Flamenco, Apartado 217, Culebra, PR 00775.

Zoni Beach

This beach is one of the most breathtaking beaches on Culebra Island and is a great choice for visitors looking for a place to have peace of mind as it is never crowded. The downside of visiting this place is that one cannot snorkel or play sports as there is no facility supporting such activities. But exploring this beautiful beach can still be worth the time.


Eco tours combined with jet skiing allow visitors to explore the natural treasures of this beautiful island, including the most hidden spots. Explore the island’s vast marine culture and the world’s most breathtaking beaches, as well as nature reserves and greenery. Eco-tours offer a luxury safari, allowing travelers to snorkel, swim and bask in the sun. The waters look lovely and it is an experience no traveler would want to miss. When you go on eco-tours, bring a towel, clothes and sunscreen. Do not bring minor children to this type of visit, as it is not allowed. You can come with your snorkeling equipment or buy it for an additional fee. It is important to listen to the assigned guides during the eco-tours.

Culebra Historical Museum “El Polvorín”

Visitors can learn the unique history of the virgin Spanish island of Culebra. The El Polvorin Museum offers insight into the past of the Culebra peoples. It’s an interesting story that kids, as well as adults, would enjoy. The museum also preserves memorabilia from when Culebra was used as a bombing test range. There are Navy artifacts to tell that story. There are photos taken as early as 1930 as well as documentaries explaining the history of the island.

  • Opening days : Friday to Sunday
  • Intake Coat: $1

Carlos Rosario Beach

Carlos Rosario Beach is an ideal safari destination for travelers looking for the best snorkeling spot in Puerto Rico. Although not as popular as flamenco, Carlos Rosario beach is not always crowded and is perfect for those seeking peace and serenity. Its beautiful coral reefs allow for the best snorkeling experience. Be careful not to get hit by local speedboats and water taxis cruising the beach.

The Culebra National Wildlife Refuge

The US Department of Fish and Wildlife manages and administers these wildlife refuges, as well as many others. Along with a wide variety of bird species, extraordinary wildlife and a diverse range of plants thrive in this stunning environment. Theodore Roosevelt built this refuge in 1909 – thanks to his long-term dream of building the largest wildlife in the world.

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Where to stay on Culebra Island

A Culebra Island safari means enjoying island life at its best. There is no shortage of vacation rentals and hostels in this place to make your experience unforgettable. Club Seabourne, the island’s only boutique hotel, offers basic and luxury rooms with plasma TVs, private balconies and fully equipped bathrooms. One can allow oneself a moment of relaxation under the palm trees and the mango trees that one finds here.

Visitors traveling with family or groups can use the Culebra Ocean Front Marbella and have access to two bedrooms as well as bathrooms. This home offers a beautiful space where travelers can even hold gatherings while enjoying the peace and quiet of this place.

Hillbay View Suites offer travelers a spectacular view of Culebra Bay. Up to four visitors can stay in its spacious surroundings. The rooms are equipped with luxurious bathrooms, queen size beds and flat screen TVs with satellite channels to keep travelers entertained. Hillbay View Suites offer incredible views of the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. There’s free Wi-Fi here; travelers can navigate at their leisure throughout their Culebra Island safari.

Exploring Culebra attractions is the best experience one can have. The beautiful beaches, bays and luxury hotels will make every traveler want to build a home and stay to explore this place forever.

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