Updated: Aug 29
Culebra Puerto Rico is known as a beautiful island, home to Flamenco Beach, consistently ranked one of the best beaches in the world. Is known for its beautiful sand, calm waters, and active marine life.
Did you know? Culebra has no natural large mammals. However, a population of white-tailed deer introduced in July 1966 (one male and three females) can be found on the eastern region of the island.
La Isla Chiquita
Isla Culebra (Spanish pronunciation: [kuˈleβɾa], Snake Island) is an island municipality of Puerto Rico and geographically part of the Spanish Virgin Islands. It is located approximately 17 miles east of the Puerto Rican mainland, 12 miles west of St. Thomas and 9 miles north of Vieques. Residents of the island are known as culebrenses. With a population of 1,818 as of the latest census, it is Puerto Rico's least populous municipality.
Originally called Isla del Pasaje and Isla de San Ildefonso, Culebra is also known as Isla Chiquita (“Little Island”), Cuna del Sol Borincano (“Cradle of the Puerto Rican Sun”) and Última Virgen (“Last Virgin”, due to its position at the end of the Virgin Islands archipelago).
Culebra is a popular weekend tourist destination for mainland Puerto Ricans, Americans and residents of Vieques. Culebra has many beautiful beaches including Flamenco Beach, rated third best beach in the world for 2014 by TripAdvisor. In November 2017 Forbes rated it #19 of the top 50 beaches around the world. It can be reached by shuttle buses from the ferry. The beach extends for a mile of white coral sand and is framed beautifully by arid tree-covered hills. The beach is also protected by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources as a marine wildlife reserve.
"Culebra, along with its adjacent islets and cays, has been recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because they support seabird breeding colonies of brown boobies, brown noddies, and both sooty and royal terns."
Landmarks and Places of Interest:
Flamenco Beach (Ranked #2 in the top 10 most exotic beaches in the world)
Las Vacas Beach
Punta Soldado Beach
Other festivals and events include:
Windsurfing Competition – February
Fishing Tournament – March
Craft Festivities – November
“Culebra has many beautiful beaches including Flamenco Beach, rated third best beach in the world for 2014 by TripAdvisor. In November 2017 Forbes rated it #19 of the top 50 beaches around the world.”
Top things to do in Culebra:
Visit the World Famous Flamenco Beach
Snap a Selfie At The Beach Tanks (A relic from Culebra’s time as a naval base, the tanks have become some of the most iconic and photographed spots in all of PR)
Go Snorkeling Along With Rich Marine Life
Explore The Culebra National Wildlife Refuge
Island Hop To Culebrita And Other Cays
Culebra is one of the beautiful gems Puerto Rico has to offer, the locals love it all year round and a community of visitors choose to vacation in Culebra year after year. Make sure to visit our Destinations Blog for more tips about top places to visit and things to do in this fascinating world of boating in the Caribbean.