Flamenco Beach

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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 might want to drop by regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. Perhaps Flamenco Beach is a favorite among travelers because it's a beach that doesn't usually get packed with beachgoers, even though its not far from some of Puerto Rico's best hotspots.

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.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. If available, you could also order some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. 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

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of Isla de Culebra. It's located near Culebra Museum, which is located three miles to the east-southeast, and it is one of a few popular spots in the area.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows the closest options.

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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Culebra Pueblo, which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas.

Hotels

The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of places to stay within driving distance. A list of the closest possibilities are seen in the list 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

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is Café Delizioso. The restaurant has Italian cuisine. They are also known for serving pizza and sandwiches. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's not far off the beach at all.

The table below provides a list of dining options located 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

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach will have other options if Flamenco Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

You may also enjoy Playa de Sardinas, which is located only a short distance away.

While Puerto Rico has many alluring attractions, Flamenco Beach is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.

 

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