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 consider visiting on the island. Snorkeling is an option at some locations, if some members of your party enjoy this relaxing pastime. You can click on the name of each beach for a detailed guide to that particular location.

Flamenco Beach: Several miles off the coast of Puerto Rico on the island of Culebra lies the immaculate and renowned Flamenco Beach. It is so renowned in fact that in 2014 it jumped up to the third best beach in the world from its place at fifth the previous year as ranked by TripAdvisor.

A second alternative worth considering 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.

The island offers many other beaches. For more information on beaches available, navigate to this page.

Museums

Assuming you like to expand your knowledge of other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation on Culebra.

A 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 chart directly below summarizes some key facts concerning a few museums you might enjoy 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

Do you like discovering the history of places you visit? If yes, you might want to visit a historical site during your stay.

A common landmark for vacationers is Flemenco Tank. It is situated at 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

Guests may enjoy some other intriguing local landmarks on the island.

If the nitty gritty aspects of life by the sea interest you, consider heading to Culebrita Lighthouse. The Culebrita Lighthouse was dedicated a Historical Monument of the United States on October 22, 1981, though not much has been done recently to help preserve it. It stands alone in a wild field, a landmark that is frequented by tourists looking to do a little hiking.

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 enjoy spending time under the open sky? You may be happy to find out that the island has several interesting nature preserves on it.

Culebrita Wildlife Refuge is a nature preserve Culebrita, in eastern Culebra. In addition to the birds and three species of turtles that call Culebrita home, more than 50,000 seabirds stop here to breed their young here. There are also nearly 100 species of plants here for visitors to be on the look out for.

Those looking to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting sites 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.

Check the table just below for a listing of 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 fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other options like these on Culebra are listed 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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