Playa culebra en puerto rico: Best Beaches in Culebra Island Puerto Rico — Full Beach Guides
Culebra is an island municipality located to the east of Puerto Rico and separated from the main island by the Vieques Passage. The municipal territory measures 26.49 square kilometers (10.23 square miles). It was earlier known as San Ildefonso and as «the Passage Island.» The island is referred to as «where the sun rises on Puerto Rico,» «the little island,» «the last of the Virgins,» and «the island town.» According to the 2000 census, there are 1,868 culebrenses, living in: Culebra Pueblo, Flamenco, Fraile, Playa Sardinas I, Playa Sardinas II, and San Isidro wards. The island has a «capital» settlement known as Dewey. The patron is Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whose festival is held on July 16. Other important events include tournaments, sports events, and crafts festivals in August, September, and November. There is a small airport on the island and there are several flights and ferry trips by sea every day.
Culebra has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, some of which have coral reefs. Points of interest include a bioluminescent bay, La Pelada; a lighthouse on the smaller island of Culebrita; and the Spanish town. The Punta Molinos sector was designated as a national bird sanctuary by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1909. Income is derived from a scientific instrument factory and tourism, especially ecotourism. There is also some dairy farming and fishing. There is very little agriculture since the land is very dry.
Culebra is located 22.5 nautical miles to the east of the port of Fajardo and is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean.Geniquí, Ballena, Tiburón, Sombrero, Matojo, Norte, Alcarraza, Los Gemelos, Colorado, and Piedra Stevens keys are located to the north of the main island; Culebrita Island and Botella, La Pelá, and La Pelaíta keys are located to the east; Luis Peña, Del Agua, Yerba, Ratón, Lobo, Lobito, and El Mono keys are located to the west; and Pirata and Verde keys are located in the central inlet of the island. The land is volcanic with very arid soil There are some elevations, such as Mount Resaca at 623 feet (190 meters), Mount Balcón at 541 feet (165 meters), and Mount Luis Peña at 443 feet (135 meters) above sea level.
One of the few dry subtropical forests remaining in Puerto Rico is located on the island on Mount Resaca, part of the Culebra Wild Life Refuge. There are also areas of thorny woodland, stands of cupey (wild mamee) and jaguey (India laurel) trees, palms, and brush-cactus associations that are the habitat for several species of birds and reptiles.
There are also mangroves that are a unique and essential habitat for coastal wildlife, in particular for the brown pelican, an endangered species. The mangroves cover an area of about 64 acres, largely comprised of red, black and white mangroves, in both coastal and inland systems. The largest is Puerto del Manglar, which surrounds and protects the bioluminescent bay, filtering the sediment in the water that washes down from the surrounding terrain. In addition, there are lagoons of varying degrees of salinity: Cornelio, Flamenco, and Zoni (or Soní) lagoons in Flamenco and San Isidro wards. Molino Lagoon is located on the smaller island of Culebrita.
There are two versions regarding the origin of the name of this municipality. Some say that it is due to the snake, Alsophis portoricensis, that abounds on the island. Others affirm that the island was named in honor of a Spanish bishop, San Ildefonso de la Culebra. As time went by, the name became simply Culebra. This would seem to be the most reliable version. The island was found by Christopher Columbus in 1493. During the Conquest, it was a place of refuge for many Tainos who were fleeing from the larger island of Puerto Rico, and who joined in with the Caribs to attack the plantations and settlements of the colonizers. Eventually, Culebra was abandoned, except for a few sailors and pirates who used it as a hideaway.
In 1875, the Spanish Crown made attempts to settle Culebra, but it was not until June 3, 1880 that a royal decree was published to that effect. At the time, the island was a ward of the municipality of Vieques. Seven years later, the land was platted and the lots were distributed among the settlers who agreed to live their permanently and cultivate the land. In 1889, construction was finished on the wood and zinc structure of the Catholic church.
After the change of sovereignty, in 1901 President Theodore Roosevelt transferred the island of Culebra to the Department of the Navy for target and shelling practice. The decision was ratified in 1903. Three years later, the island was declared a special municipal district, while finally in 1917 it was designated a municipality.
During the Second World War Culebra was the principal target and shelling practice site for the Navy. In 1975, after a strong campaign to demand the return of the land occupied by the Navy, the land was returned to the government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, under Public Law No. 66 (Culebra Conservation and Development Authority Act).
The flag of Culebra bears five vertical stripes, three of which are yellow and two of which are green. The middle stripe bears a green silhouette map of the island. The yellow color represents the flags of the Culebra Delegation and the Committee to Rescue Culebra. The green color is a reference to the coat of arms of Puerto Rico and is a reminder that Culebra is Puerto Rican soil.
Coat of Arms
The Culebra coat of arms is divided into four parts. The left side has a green background, bearing a cross and a crosier or bishop’s staff, both of which are golden, and are shown with the cross superimposed diagonally on the crosier. These represent Saint Ildefonso, Bishop of Toledo, and are reminiscent of the original Spanish name of the island (San Ildefonso de la Culebra). The color green is the principal heraldic color in the coat of arms of Puerto Rico and symbolizes that Culebra is a part of Puerto Rico. The right side has a gold field and bears a green undulating serpent. The gold color represents the predominant color of the flag of the Culebra Defense Committee. The serpent representing the name of Culebra bears a crown to indicate municipal status. At the center there is a small red escutcheon with a sliver-colored arm holding a sword to represent the determination of the Culebrenses to defend their rights, with the support of the Puerto Rican people. On the lower center there is a silver colored triangle with a laurel crown to symbolize the reconquest of the land. The crown over the coat of arms has a naval motif to indicate the insular nature of the municipality.
Places of Interest
• La Pelá Bioluminescent Bay
• Honda Inlet
• Culebrita Lighthouse – construction was completed in 1886. Until 1975, it was the oldest lighthouse in operation in the Caribbean. In that year, the United States Navy and the Coast Guard decided to discontinue using it.
• Culebrita Island and Luis Peña Key – parct of the Culebra archipelago. In spite of their size, they include beaches, forests, lagoons, and cliffs.
• Beaches: Brava, Carlos Rosario, Dakity, Larga, Melones, Melones Grandes, Mosquitos, Punta Molinos, Punta del Soldado, Resaca, Tamarindo Chico, Tamarindo Grande, Tampico, Tortolos, Tortuga, Las Vacas, Zoni, and Flamenco – The latter is considered one of the best beaches in the Americas and a best escape beach by the private television channel Travel Channel.
• Flamenco Peninsula – an important site for dark seagulls.
• El Polvorín (Historic powderhouse) – located in San Isidro Ward, the building has a stone roof and is used was used as a warehouse for all kinds of explosives by the United States Armed Forces.
• Spanish Town – located in San Isidro Ward.
• Draw bridge
• Manglar Port
• Luis Peña Natural Reserve
• Culebra Underwater Reserve – a nature sanctuary in Luis Peña Channel it is used for studying and protecting underwater species, coral reefs, turtles, and fish. In March of 2006, the Reserve was granted the presidential distinction «Coastal America Spirit Award» for outstanding efforts in the protection, conservation, and restoration of coastal natural resources.»
• War tanks – Flamenco beach
Luis M. Collazo – engineer and physician on this island town
Ramón Feliciano Encarnación – mayor (1960 – 1980). A leading defender of the rights of the residents of the municipality and progress for the island.
Claro C. Feliciano Padrón – historian and mayor of Culebra.
Angel Luis Morales – teacher of Hispanic-American literature at the University of Puerto Rico and writer.
Pedro Morales Rivera – world wrestling champion
Engracia Mulero – mayor (1946 – 49)
Aracelis Ortiz – Dentist and forensic physician.
Erasmo Quiñonez –artisan and teacher of artisans, creating ships and canes from shark bones.
John K. Vincent – American minister, an able sea captain, school principal, and public servant.
• Three Kings day – January
• Mothers day – May
• Fathers day – June
• Patron Saint’s festival – July
• Veterans day – November
• Lighting of the Christmas tree – December
• New Year’s Eve – December
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Things to do In Puerto Rico: Culebra
Many people don’t know that off the coast of Puerto Rico are two tiny keys, Culebra, and Vieques. Vieques is the larger of the two, more populated and visited. Both islands were occupied by the military and used as gunnery and bomb practicing sites. After years of protest from the island inhabitants the military left Culebra in 1975 and eventually left Vieques in 2003.
Both islands have their benefits but, out of the two my favorite is Culebra. If you are looking to experience a laid-back island getaway, it doesn’t get more laid back than Culebra. Culebra is great for a day visit or a weekend getaway. However, keep in mind that this little island is all about the beach and relaxation. There is not a lot going on after hours. In fact one of the shops in Dewey, Culebra’s main port, reads “Open some days, closed others”. Culebra is where you go to escape the hustle and bustle of life, where time stands still and seems to have been standing still for decades. Culebra has no big hotels, no golf courses, no fast-food chains and no rush-hour. I am not even sure if there is a traffic light. What Culebra does have is gorgeous nature, beaches, bays and snorkeling sites.
What to do
Honestly, I am not much of a beach person, but if there is one beach that I love and always make an effort to visit Playa Flamenco on Culebra. This beach is a mile long pristine beach with white sand and water so clear you can still see your feet when the water is chest high. My favorite time to go is during the low-season winter months. The water is extra clear, and the beach is practically abandoned. You almost feel like your on a deserted island paradise.
Culebra’s main attraction is Playa Flamenco. I promise you will be one of the most amazing beaches you will ever experience. I dare say THE most amazing beach. The mile long beach is nestled in a horse-shoe shaped bay. On the east side of the beach there are high rolling hill, while the west side is low and lined with scrub and trees. Also, on the west end is the iconic rusting tank left behind by the military. It now sits on the shore rusting and painted with swirling green and yellow stripes.
At the entrance of the beach, there are kiosks selling snack food, lunches, rum drinks, and beer. There are also outdoor showers, picnic tables and camping is allowed at the campground the west side of the beach.
If you go walking along the beach, take your snorkeling gear with you. There are two snorkeling sights that are accessible from the beach. On the left-hand side of the beach straight out from the tank you can swim out to the coral reef.
If you are a more advanced snorkeler, check out the reef to the far right of the beach where the sand ends, and the rock/reef system begins. It is full of hard coral and marine life. This reef system comes all the way up on the beach; you need to enter and exit the water between the two rows of concrete/rocks. Once you are in the water, snorkel around the concrete pilings and to the right. Again, I recommend this reef for advanced snorkelers and swimmers since the water goes deeper, and the current is stronger. I also recommend a snorkeling buddy. Also, remember to return to the shore before you get tired as you will be swimming against the current.
If you are interested in a guided snorkeling and diving tour contact Aquatic Adventures. They are located above Dinghy Dock and lead four-hour dive and snorkeling tours that leave around 10 am. Lunch is included during the tour.
Although I have not visited the other small beaches on the island, you may want to explore them. Learn about more beaches and snorkeling locations at PR Day Trips.
Where to Eat
Most dining locations in Culebra do not open till 5 pm and close at 9 – 10 pm.
Barbara Rosa $, Hwy 250, Mon – Fri 5 pm – 9 pm
A tiny cafe run from the verandah of Barbara’s house. Review the menu of burgers and seafood and when you decide what you want holler for Barbara through the kitchen hatch. BYOB/Cash Only
El Eden $$, 836 Sardinas, Wed – Sat 5 pm – 9 pm
A liquor store and restaurant in one. Set with patio tables and mismatched tablecloths. The menu is made up of dishes featuring seafood, pasta and decadent desserts.
Dinghy Dock $$, Calle Fulladoza, Daily 11 am – 11 pm
Seafood is the specialty here featuring freshly-caught swordfish and snapper. It’s also a busy bar where the locals and expats hang, chat and nurse their beers.
Guava $$$, Calle Fulladoza, Thu – Sun 6 pm – 10 pm
If you want to have a fancy romantic evening, this is the place to visit. Located in Club Seabourne you dine in a screened-in porch enjoying specialty wines from their cellar and a seasonal menu.
Where to Stay
There are a few villas and guesthouses in Dewey, and there are many vacation rental properties available on the island. Culebra Vacation Planners is a local agent with access to a variety of vacation rental properties. You can also find some homes listed on Air BnB.
How to Get to Culebra
Cheap but Challenging
This is the most inexpensive way to get to Culebra but, it’s not the easiest way. It’s going to sound crazy difficult, but, I PROMISE you it’s worth it!
A ferry travels daily to and from Culebra out of Terminal de Lanchas, Fajardo. However, the ferry is run by Puerto Rico’s transportation authority and it’s schedule can be unreliable due to weather or mechanical issue and sometimes difficult to get a ticket depending on the day and time of travel. If you suffer from any motion sickness, take something before boarding the ferry. It is a very choppy 1 – 1.5 hour ride.
A one-way ticket to Culebra costs $2.25 per person; round-trip tickets are available. Kids 3-11 years old and seniors 60-74 years old cost $1.00 per person, seniors 75 years and older are free. Parking in the public lot costs $5.00 per day plus tax.
- Fajardo to Culebra (7 days/week & holidays)
9:00am • 3:00pm • 7:00pm.
- Culebra to Fajardo – Mon- Fri 6am, 1pm, 5pm. Sat/Sun: 1pm, 5pm.
Tips for getting a Ferry Ticket
- Arriving early to purchase a ticket is a MUST! There is no way around it.
- There is a limited number of tickets available for each ferry and the residents of Culebra have priority over travelers.
- The 9 am ferry out of Fajardo is the most popular, arrive at least 2 hrs early or more to purchase tickets for this ferry. I always try and arrive 7 am at the terminal to get in line to purchase tickets.
- Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office across the street from the terminal 1 – 2 hours before the scheduled departure.
- Tickets do sell out, especially 9 am everyday and weekends in the summer and holidays.
- There are separate windows for Vieques, Culebra and the cargo ferries, so make sure you get in the correct line. Make sure that you purchase a round-trip ticket otherwise you will have to buy a return ticket later.
- Tickets cannot be purchase in advance.
- Ticket windows open 1 – 1.5 hrs before the first ferry is set to leave.
- To purchase a ticket you could be standing in a long line sometimes in the sun for several hours, bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Once you purchase your ticket you will go to another line to wait to enter the terminal. If you have more then one person in your party have some wait at the terminal line while another purchases tickets. Trying to figure your which line is which is not always easy.
- AVOID THE ISLAND around spring break! I swear all of Puerto Rico’s college students descend on the tiny island of Culebra during spring break.
You are allowed to bring coolers, beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkel gear and other beach items with you. The general rule is that there is only one bag per person allowed. Get as much as you can into your bag and the coolers will only run you $1 to $2 each. Make sure you tell the ticket person what extra items you are bringing to avoid having to run back and pay a fee. Pets can be brought in a crate for a fee and bikes are only allowed on the cargo ferry. When boarding the ferry the crew will tell you where to store your larger items like coolers. You can find a more detailed list on fees at the DTOP website.
Pricey but Easy
The easiest way to get to Culebra is by air. There are several small airlines that fly out of San Juan and Ceiba into Culebra. Like most airlines ticket prices will very on dates and time of purchase.
Cape Air, Vieques Air Link & Flamenco Air are the airlines that fly in and out of Culebra. They also fly between Culebra and Vieques.
How to Get Around Culebra
When you arrive to Culebra you will arrive in Dewey. Off to the left you will see several taxis and taxi vans. The passenger vans will take you straight to Playa Flamenco. Last time I was there it cost $3 per person and they don’t leave until the van is full. If you call ahead you can reserve a rental car and a rental representative will be available for you when you get off the ferry. Car rentals companies on the island are Carlos Jeep Rental, Jerry’s Jeeps and Avis Car Rental. There are also bike rentals, but the hills will leave you walking more then riding.
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Playa Datiles is a stone’s throw from Oceania Villas.
The hotel is located 3.6 km from Tamarindo Beach and 3 km from the center of Culebra. Mermaids Chair is approximately 27 km from the hotel.
Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a coffee maker and a cupboard. These rooms also have a hairdryer and a dryer provided in the private bathrooms.
Culebra airport is a short drive away. The hotel has a private swimming pool. nine1564 Check-out: from 09:00 to 11:00
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- Baby cots are not available in the rooms.
Oceania Villas provides free parking.
On average, Oceania Villas offers rooms for $250. For more information, please contact the hotel representatives.
Oceania Villas offers three bedroom villas, two bedroom villas and one bedroom villas to choose from. nine0510
From Oceania Villas you can walk to the city center in about 25 minutes.
0.5 km separates Kulbra Airport from Oceania Villas.
Oceania Villas has a sun terrace and a garden.
The hotel offers free cancellation. Learn more from Oceania Villas representatives.
Guests are requested to leave Oceania Villas by 11:00 am.
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