Culebra Attractions

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On a top ten list of attractions on Culebra, nine of them are usually beaches; but if you stick to the coast you'll be selling yourself short.  Yes, Culebra is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, but it is also a place where you can learn about history, culture, and nature.  The center of the island is where you'll find a small collection of museums and landmarks, while nature abounds no matter which way you turn  – almost the entire island has been dubbed a nature preserve.  

Beaches

Flamenco Beach

There are an abundance of beaches to choose from on the island. Snorkeling is available at some locations, for those who enjoy the underwater scene. You can click on each beach name to read a detailed article concerning that beach.

Flamenco Beach: The island of Culebra is accessible by boat, ferry, or plane. From there you will find Flamenco Beach off Highway 251.

Another option that beach-goers can consider is Playa South Beach. Off the coast of the small island of Culebra is an even smaller uninhabited island called Cayo Luis Peña; here is where Playa South Beach lies. Visitors are allowed on the beach during the day for sunning, swimming, sailing, and snorkeling, but must return to Culebra at night.

Attractions Map

Playa Tortuga: The only way to reach the beach is via boat or seaplane. It is extremly popular though, and it will be easy to find a tour or charter that will take you here.

These examples are just a few of the places worth checking out To see our page about beaches, go to this page.

Museums

Assuming you like to explore other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your time on Culebra.

One popular destination is Culebra Museum. It is found within central Culebra. The museum is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

The table below offers some key facts regarding some the available museums on the island.

Museums On Culebra
Name Phone Location
Culebra Museum (787) 742-3832 Central Culebra
Culebra Museum of History (787) 405-3768 Central Culebra

Historical Sites

In case you enjoy exploring the historical roots of a foreign country, you might want to visit a historical site during your time on Culebra.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Flemenco Tank. It is a part of Flamenco Beach and located in western Culebra. A reminder of when the U.S. military used the island as a gunnery, an abandoned tank sits on the sand of this beach.

Historic Sites On Culebra
Name Type Phone Location Island
Flemenco Tank Historical Site -- 2.2 mi. Northwest of Central Culebra Pueblo Isla de Culebra

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors will explore some other worthwhile places worth visiting on the island.

If the more functional aspects of maritime life intrigue you, you might want to visit Culebrita Lighthouse. There are numerous trails that lead up to the highest point on the island of Culebra, and there, visitors are greeted with the Culebrita Lighthouse. It was built between 1882 and 1886 by the Spanish and was lit for the first time on February 25, 1886.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Culebra
Name Type Location Island
Culebrita Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.9 mi. East of Central Culebra Pueblo Culebrita

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Culebra National Wildlife Refuge's Luis Pena Cay

Do you hope to enjoy more of your vacation seeing the local flaura and fauna? You may be pleased to know the island has several nature preserves on it.

Culebrita Wildlife Refuge is a nature preserve Culebrita, in eastern Culebra. Part of the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, this islet is an important part of the migratory path of 13 different species of birds who travel through the area each year.

Those looking to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing places like Culebra National Wildlife Refuge's Luis Pena Cay. Taking up Luis Pena Cay, this wildlife refuge serves as a safe haven for many of Puerto Rico's native animal and plant life. If you are feeling adventurous you can explore the reserve.

Be sure to look through the following table if you want more information.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On Culebra
Name Type Location Island
Culebra National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Central Culebra Isla de Culebra
Culebra National Wildlife Refuge's Luis Pena Cay Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Isla de Culebra Isla de Culebra
Culebra Nature Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 2.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla de Culebra Isla de Culebra
Culebrita Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.0 mi. Southeast of Central Culebrita Culebrita

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Culebra are shown here:

Land Formations On Culebra
Name Type Location
Bahia Mosquito Bay 2.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Culebra Pueblo
Bahia Tamarindo Bay 1.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Culebra Pueblo
Bahia de Sardinas Bay 0.7 mi. South West of Central Culebra Pueblo
Ensenada Dakity Bay 4.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Cayo Norte
Ensenada Fulladosa Bay 3.6 mi. South West of Central Cayo Norte
Ensenada Honda Bay Central Culebra
Ensenada Malena Bay 2.5 mi. South of Central Isla de Culebra
Ensenada del Cementerio Bay Central Culebra
Ensenada del Coronel Bay Central Culebra
Laguna Zoni Lagoon 1.3 mi. South of Central Cayo Norte
Laguna de Cornelio Lagoon 1.6 mi. West of Central Isla de Culebra
Laguna de Molino Lagoon 1.8 mi. Southeast of Central Cayo Norte
Laguna del Flamenco Lagoon 1.6 mi. West of Central Isla de Culebra
Puerto del Manglar Bay 1.8 mi. South West of Central Culebrita
 

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