Flamenco Beach

Photo credit: © Jan Cihlar

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. Flamenco is the perfect place to appreciate nature's natural beauty and enjoy the sights and sounds of a Marine Wildlife Preserve. There are no motorized water sports on this beach, meaning visitors can quietly enjoy swimming or snorkeling around the coral reefs. Visitors can also explore abandoned military equipment on one end of the beach, left over from the pre-1970s period.

Located on the island of Isla de Culebra, Flamenco Beach is on the West edge of the island, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. Though it's removed from some of the more heavily traveled areas, many tourists choose this beach as a way to find some peace and quiet.

How to Access The Beach

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

Amenities and Ambiance

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.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy food from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Flamenco Beach is hardly your average Caribbean tourist beach and you won't find large crowds along the water's edge. This beach is mainly visited by travelers seeking peace and solitude among the natural scenery of a government protected beach. It is both a Marine Wildlife Reserve and has been rated one of the world's best beaches time and again, after all.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the West coast of Isla de Culebra. It is near some interesting sites like Culebra Museum, which is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of a number of attractions in the region.

If a visit to the Flamenco Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Flamenco Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Culebra Museum Museum 2.8 mi. ESE Isla de Culebra
Culebra Museum of History Museum 2.9 mi. ESE Isla de Culebra
Culebrita Lighthouse Lighthouse 6.2 mi. E Culebrita

Cities and Towns

Flamenco Beach is in the Culebra Pueblo area, so walking the city is a definite option. The closest town is Culebra Pueblo, which is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but it's often visited by guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Guests will find a pretty good selection of accommodation options to choose from in the vicinity of Flamenco Beach. The most accessible of which can be seen in the table below.

Accommodations near Flamenco Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Culebra Beach Villas 0.4 mi. E Hotel
Palmetto Guest House 1.7 mi. SE Guest house
Casa Ensenada Waterfront Guesthouse 2.1 mi. SE Hotel
Vigias Guest House 2.2 mi. SE Hotel
World of Kokomo Hotel 2.3 mi. SE Hotel
Posada La Hamaca 2.3 mi. SE B & B
Mamacitas Guesthouse 2.3 mi. SE Hotel
Villa Bohemeac 2.3 mi. SE Hotel
Club Seabourne Boutique Hotel 3.3 mi. SE Hotel


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you dine at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into Puerto Rico's specialty dishes, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest restaurants is Café Delizioso. The restaurant has a menu featuring Italian food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their pizza and sandwiches. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's only a short distance away.

The table below lists places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Flamenco Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Café Delizioso -- Italian -- 1.6 mi. SE
Cafe Isola (787) 742-0203 -- -- -- --
El Oasis Pizzeria (787) 742-3175 Italian -- -- --
Morgans Ice Cream Shop (787) 742-1060 -- -- -- --
Pico De Gallo (787) 240-2896 -- -- -- --
Susie's Sea Food (787) 742-0574 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Tamarindo's Restaurant (787) 742-0345 -- -- -- --
El Batey Bar de Papa (787) 742-3828 -- -- 2.0 mi. SE
Pan Deli (787) 402-3510 -- -- 2.2 mi. SE
Zaco's Tacos (787) 742-0243 Mexican Very Casual 2.2 mi. SE
Heather's Pizza (787) 742-3175 Italian -- 2.2 mi. SE
The Spot (787) 726-7993 Bistro -- 2.2 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Flamenco Beach on Isla de Culebra.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Playa de Sardinas, located within a couple of miles.

There's plenty to see and do in Puerto Rico, and dropping by Flamenco Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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