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Things to do in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Instead of seeking for a WiFi Zone in Culebra, plan on bringing plenty of sunblock, an underwater camera and snorkel gear, you’ll have amazing experiences worth sharing with friends and family after you leave.

Culebra is not your average Caribbean vacation destination, there are no fancy man made attractions here, and that’s exactly how both resident and repeat visitors prefer it.  The main attractions in Culebra are the ones that nature alone created, the ones that remain untouched and unharmed by development and tourism exploitation.  In Culebra visitors are allured and captured by the simplicity and richness of attractions that only God could create.  There are a few other attractions such as the museum where you can get to know more about the history of Isla de Culebra.

Getting to Culebra:  If you’re only visiting for a day, we encourage you to take a flight to Culebra instead of the ferry in order to have more time on the island.

Time needed in Culebra:  At least two nights in Culebra are needed to enjoy the island.  Like many other visitors, the first trip to Culebra inspires people to keep coming back year after year.  You can do the top 5 things to do on the island in one day.

Before going through the list take a look at the following video, a short preview of some of the amazing scenery that will surround you as you have fun under the Puerto Rican sun.

Best Things to Do in one Day... much more below

#1 – Swim, Dream and Relax & Play at Flamenco Beach

Flamenco Beach - Things to do in Culebra, Puerto Rico

+ Flamenco Beach

Flamenco Beach is the main attraction on the island of Culebra.  Included on the world’s best beaches lists, this ought to be your first stop and one you can’t miss. The only problem with Flamenco will be convincing yourself to leave in order to explore the rest of the island.  Be sure to walk to the left end of Flamenco to see the Navy tanks.  If you don’t get enough strenth to leave Flamenco, just stay and enjoy a day of swimming on clear waters, snorkeling to explore the coral reefs and enjoying great Puerto Rican food.  More about Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico

#2 – Explore the Coral Reefs of Culebra

Culebra has been included on “World’s Best Islands for Snorkeling”...

…truly one of the few islands left in the Caribbean with a healthy coral reef system.  We both love and hate to tell you about it, people tend to destroy these treasures for lack of education and conscience.  We beg that you help us preserve our reefs by never touching, stepping, anchoring, fishing or taking anything away.  Best beaches for snorkeling on the main island of Culebra are Carlos RosarioMelonesTamarindoFlamenco, & Punta de Soldado

#3 – Have fun counting sea turtles

Glide alongside turtles on the clear waters of ...

Flamenco and Tamarindo, beautiful beaches with magical experiences underneath the surface.  If you don’t see any turtles at Flamenco, then head over to Tamarindo, typically there’s a higher number of them there. 

#4 Drive and explore the beautiful corners of Culebra

Culebra, Puerto Rico - Drive and Explore the island

Culebra, Puerto Rico - Drive and Explore the island

Drive around Culebra

Many travelers staying on the main island of Puerto Rico head to Culebra for a day trip with Flamenco Beach on their main attraction on the list.   We invite Culebra’s visitors to rent a jeep or golf cart and simply take an hour to drive around the island. We won’t say more… because once you drive around, we can only tell you that you’ll be going back in order to explore all those amazing beaches and off the beaten paths you saw for a moment as you took a quick drive.  Be sure to have your camera ready, you’ll want to photograph colorful homes, the beautiful Ensenada bay, the green rolling hills, spectacular sweeping vistas, and the cute chicken crossings.  More about getting around Culebra.

Culebra’s beaches are turtle nesting sites, the sand on the shores are home to sea and land creatures.  You’re welcome to explore our island, we just ask that you’re a good guest by helping us protect our shores.  Please don’t drive or park on the sand, that includes dirt bikes and golf carts.

#5 – Watch the Sunset

Watch the sunset - Best things to do in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Watch the sunset in Culebra...

You spent a full day in Culebra, take a half hour to just sit down and admire a live unique painting being brushed and unveiled right in front of you…one more memory to add to a perfect day in Culebra.  Head to Melones Beach, one of the best spots on the island to watch the sunset with easy access.

In Culebra, a simple activity can turn into an extraordinary adventure.

Best Day Trip in Culebra...

Book a Day Trip to Culebrita

Take a day trip to Culebrita Island - Culebra, Puerto Rico

The offshore island of Culebrita is a mini Culebra with its own enchantments...

…The crystal clear waters surrounding Culebrita are captivating with vivid tones of blue and green.   A charter guide is the best way to enjoy the best of Culebrita, they’ll take you to Tortuga Beach, the Jacuzzi / Tidal Pools and on a guided scenic hike to the lighthouse ruins.

Water Sports in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Go Kayaking in Culebra

Kayaking in Culebra - Top things to do do in Culebra Island, Puerto Rico

Kayaking in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Kayak on the west coast beaches along the Luis Pena Cay, the waters are calm and very clear.  You’ll want to pause along the way to take in all the wonder around you…you’ll wanna take a kayaking break to put on your snorkel gear in order to explore the gardens below the surface.  Book a tour with a friendly knowledgable tour operator for both safety and making the most of your time in Culebra.

Paddleboarding in Culebra

SUP - Paddle boarding in Culebra, Puerto Rico

A relaxing and fun adventure for the whole family...

While the Condado Lagoon in San Juan is a very popular destination for paddleboarding in Puerto Rico, those wishing more tranquil settings head to the Spanish Virgin Islands of Vieques and Culebra. Culebra’s waters on the west coast around the Nature Reserve are calm.  Bring your snorkel gear and be sure to take a break to explore the world underneath. Paddleboard on your own, schedule lessons or go on a guided tour.

  • Bright Paddle – +1 787-710-4324
  • Culebra Snorkeling & Dive Center – +1 787-435-3662

Go Scuba Diving in Culebra

Culebra and its archipelago of islands offer about 50 dive sites...

…from shallow to 75 feet with excellent sea life and pristine conditions.   Whether you’re a beginnner or more advanced diver, Culebra will over deliver expectations.

  • Culebra Divers – +1 787-742-0803
  • Culebra Snorkeling and Dive Center – +1 787-435-3662
  • Aquatic Adventures –  +1 515-290-2310

Go Surfing in Culebra

Surfing in Culebra...

The few that get to ride the waves on these waters prefer to keep the best spots as a secret, various spots are only accessible by boat.  Mamacita’s Guest House offers surfing classes for all ages on our pristine beaches.  Here is a nice article on Culebra surfing.

Go Fishing in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Fishing in Culebra...

The waters around Puerto Rico and its offshore islands like Culebra are teeming with sea life.  Coral reefs and shallow waters lure in predators like bonefish, tarpon, snapper, jack, snook, grouper and king mackerel.  There are charters available for fly fishing or light tackle fishing for these types of fish.

If you have your own gear, surf fishing can yield good results using live bait or bucktail jigs.

If you desire to go deep sea fishing, charters are available that target tuna, sailfish, wahoo, kingfish, barracuda and mahi-mahi.

  • Culebra Bluewater Charters – 201-654-5290

Boating & Sailing in Culebra

Boating & Sailing - Activities in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra is actually an archipelago made up of 18 ...

…islands / cays / keys, making it a preferred destination for sailors and boaters.  Schedule a boat charter for more excellent snorkeling spots, fishing, and the opportunity to visit more beautiful beaches only accessible by boat. Be sure to make it to Culebrita, there you can enjoy a day basking under the sun at Tortuga Beach, go for a hike up to the ruins of one of the oldest lighthouses in the Caribbean.

Things to Do in Culebra for Nature Lovers

Go Hiking…

Go hiking - Top things to do on the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico

Hiking in Culebra always offer a reward...

The island offers various hiking trails leading to gorgeous secluded beaches with excellent snorkeling and scenic views along the way.  Among some of the popular hiking / walking trails are the trails leading to Brava Beach, Resaca Beach trail (more difficult), and Carlos Rosario trail leading to the best snorkeling, The offshore island of Culebrita offers various hiking trails to lighthouse ruins with heavenly views.


Photography - Things to do in Culebra Island, Puerto Rico

... the beauty of Culebra makes it simple to capture gorgeous landscape scenes...

We are not professional photographers, we just have a nice point and shut camera, the beauty of Culebra makes it so simple to capture gorgeous landscape scenes.  As you look around this site or do a Google image search you’ll see the unique natural beauty and dramatic landscapes of this island.  Professional photographers could spend weeks here capturing all the breathtaking corners of Culebra.  Whether you’re a professional or just simply love sharing pictures with your friends, you’ll run out of time and space on your digital camera / smartphone before you run out of places to photograph.

Bicycling in Culebra

Bicycling - Things to do in Culebra, Puerto Rico

...bicycling is a great option to explore the island...

…The island of Culebra is small offering easy access to popular beaches that can be reached by bike for those that enjoy the sport.  There are various hiking trails perfect for mountain biking for avid riders.  For those on a tighter budget, bicycling is a great option to explore the island. 

See bicycling rentals in our Getting around Culebra guide.

Birding “Birdwatching” in Culebra

Birdwatching / Birding in Culebra, Puerto Rico

While you enjoy the beaches in Culebra or take a nature walk on the trails...

…you can observe and hear the sounds of native birds.  Culebra is a National Wildlife Refuge providing a safe place for a diversity of migratory birds throughout the year, a great place to go bird watching.

While in Dewey, Culebra

Try a Hearty Puerto Rican Meal

Try a Hearty Puerto Rican Meal - Things to do in Culebra, Puerto Rico

Food in Culebra...

Park your jeep, take a walk around, check out the menus and enjoy a great meal in a casual authentic island style.  If you rather spend most of your time exploring, there are various places that serve traditional Puerto Rican food, perfect for getting it to go.  As you drive around, you’ll also find a few food trucks that serve great food at local prices.  

Do a Little Shopping in Town…

Go shopping - Things to do in Culebra, Puerto Rico

...please to stop by and support friendly locals ...

In Culebra you won’t find a boardwalk with souvenier shops, here there are no big chain clothing stores or supermarkets, residents and repeat visitors prefer it that way.   While you’re walking around the town of Dewey, please stop by and support friendly locals who proudly sell unique pieces of art, paintings, hand made clothes and more.  For the ladies, be sure to visit Mercedes, her shop is located on the shops next to the tourism office; most of the pieces are hand made, fair prices and sure to start a conversation with friends about good times spent in Culebra.

Get to Know Culebra’s History

Museo El Polvorin - Places to visit in Culebra, Puerto Rico

On your way to Zoni Beach, be sure to stop by...

El Polvorin Museum where you can learn about the history of Culebra, watch a few documentaries, purchase some great souvenirs and books to take home.

Lifeguards are only available at Flamenco Beach, any activities you do in Culebra are at your own risk. For your safety, do these activities with someone else, wear a floatation device and practice safety first.  To enjoy the best of Culebra with the safest conditions, book a tour or charter that will stay with you.

Map of Points of Interest in Culebra, PR

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Points of Interest in Culebra, Puerto Rico

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Flamenco Beach Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.328699, -65.316768
Playa Tamarindo Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.318209, -65.317755
Punta Soldado Beach Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.281477, -65.286620
Sherman Tank at Flamenco Beach - Isla de Culebra, PR: 18.334567, -65.322779
Culebra Lighthouse Ruins - Culebrita, Puerto Rico: 18.313700, -65.227500
Playa Resaca (Resaca Beach) Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.331176, -65.301124
Playa Brava (Brava Beach) Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.330213, -65.285149
Playa Zoni (Soni) Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.319902, -65.255016
Playa Tortuga (Tortuga Beach) - Isla Culebrita, Culebra, PR: 18.318355, -65.227545
Playa Larga (Larga Beach) Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.305140, -65.244685
Playa Manzanilla (Manzanilla Beach) Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.292442, -65.259357
Snorkeling / Scuba Diving - Dakity Reef, Ensenada Dakity, Culebra: 40.233800, -111.659000
Playa Mosquito (Mosquito Beach) - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.296900, -65.264836
Playa Las Vacas (Las Vacas Beach) - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.295622, -65.263502
Playa de Coscajo (Coscajo Beach) Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.292051, -65.295569
Playa de Sardinas Map / Sardinas Beach - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 40.233800, -111.659000
Playa Luis Peña Map - Cayo Luis Pena, Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.311598, -65.332630
Playa Tampico - Punta Tampico, Culebra: 18.298521, -65.302996
Playa Dátiles Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.296238, -65.300636
Playa South Beach Map - Cayo Luis Pena, Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.299641, -65.331456
Playa Cayo Norte Map - Cayo Norte, Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.333586, -65.258018
Playa Melones Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.303170, -65.310422
Carlos Rosario Beach Map / Playa Carlos Rosario - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.324430, -65.329917
Museo Historico de Culebra “El Polvorin” - Culebra, PR: 18.310416, -65.283161
Wildlife Refuge Office - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.303100, -65.300100
Playground - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 40.233800, -111.659000
Playa Tortolas Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.325560, -65.264118
Flamenco Beach Map - Culebra, Puerto Rico: 18.328699, -65.316768

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