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 a large selection of beaches to visit on the island. Snorkeling is an option at several locations, if some of the people in your group are so inclined. You can click on the name of the beach for more information concerning that section of the coast.

Flamenco Beach: Dazzling white sands, clear blue waters, and vibrant coral reefs have earned this beach recognition as one of the Best Beaches in America and Best Escape Beach by the Travel Channel. Flamenco Beach is protected by rolling hills and has been sanctioned as a Marine Wildlife Reserve.

A second place 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.

Fortunately, you'll find a wide range of choices for beaches on the island. To read more about beaches available, read this page.

Museums

In case you enjoy learning about other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation on Culebra.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Culebra Museum. It is located in central Culebra. Guest who take the time to visit the small museum will be able to take a look around at the various photographs and relics from throughout Culebra history. The museum even has several artifacts from the native Taino people, as well as the early settlers.

The following table offers a few details concerning some museums on Culebra.

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

Historical Sites

Enjoy discovering the history of the places you visit? If so, you might want to visit a historical site during your vacation.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Flemenco Tank. It is a part of Flamenco Beach and found 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

Guests will explore some other worthwhile places to visit on Culebra.

If the more functional aspects of maritime life intrigue you, you should think about seeing 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 outdoors? You might be happy to learn the island has a few interesting 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.

Vacationers hoping to locate a another great natural attraction should consider visiting opportunities 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.

Take a minute to read the chart below to see nature preserves .

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. Other options like these on Culebra are shown below.

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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