Playa Brava

Located on the north side of Culebra is Playa Brava. This beach takes some work to get to, and is more suitable for surfing rather than swimming, so few are willing to make the trek. Those that do are rewarded with beautiful vistas and some of the best surfing conditions on the small island. Those who visit between March and August may also see the beach transform into the nesting grounds of the leather back sea turtle.

Set on the island of Isla de Culebra, Playa Brava is on the East edge of the island, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Playa Brava stands out from other beaches because it's one of the best spots for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Many of the other beaches you'll come across in Puerto Rico may have the same warm sand and calming breezes as Playa Brava, but tend to be more crowded because they border some of the area's most popular resorts.

How to Access The Beach
To get to Playa Brava, take Route 250 east, until you reach a a cemetery on the left side of the road. Continue on up th hill and make a left onto a road just after a stone house with a red roof marked "1905." Here, at the end of the pavement, you park your car, and hike along the dirt path for 20 minutes. When you reach a fork, take the right road, and there you will find the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

A long stretch of golden sand stretches out along the aquamarine waters, which wash ashore in a slightly aggressive manner.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

What's Nearby


Playa Brava is on the East coast of Isla de Culebra; the area hosts attractions such as Culebra Museum, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

Historical attractions like Flemenco Tank provide a nice compliment to a soothing day at Playa Brava, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about Puerto Rico's past, without having to go too far from the beach. As a matter of fact, this site can be found two and a half miles to the west of this place of historical significance.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Brava
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Culebra Museum Museum 1.4 mi. S Isla de Culebra
Culebra Museum of History Museum 1.5 mi. S Isla de Culebra
Flemenco Tank Historical Site 2.5 mi. W Isla de Culebra
Culebrita Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.0 mi. E Culebrita

Cities and Towns

Playa Brava is close to Culebra Pueblo, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Culebra Pueblo is nearby and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of lodgings within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient choices have been displayed in the following table.

Accommodations near Playa Brava
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Vigias Guest House 1.3 mi. SSW Hotel
Palmetto Guest House 1.9 mi. SW Guest house
Culebra Beach Villas 1.9 mi. W Hotel
Casa Ensenada Waterfront Guesthouse 2.1 mi. SSW Hotel
Villa Bohemeac 2.1 mi. SSW Hotel
Posada La Hamaca 2.1 mi. SSW B & B
Mamacitas Guesthouse 2.2 mi. SSW Hotel
World of Kokomo Hotel 2.3 mi. SSW Hotel
Club Seabourne Boutique Hotel 2.7 mi. S Hotel


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you eat at an area restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without having to go far. One of the nearest places to eat is Cafe Isola.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Playa Brava
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
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 -- -- -- --
Café Delizioso -- Italian -- 1.7 mi. SW
El Batey Bar de Papa (787) 742-3828 -- -- 2.0 mi. SW
Zaco's Tacos (787) 742-0243 Mexican Very Casual 2.1 mi. SSW
Pan Deli (787) 402-3510 -- -- 2.1 mi. SSW
Mamacitas Restaurant (787) 742-0090 Caribbean, Fusion Very Casual 2.2 mi. SSW
The Spot (787) 726-7993 Bistro -- 2.2 mi. SSW

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Isla de Culebra, so Playa Brava is just one of your options.

You may also enjoy Playa de Sardinas, located two and a half miles away.

Of course, Puerto Rico has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Playa Brava is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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