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.

Positioned on the island of Isla de Culebra, Playa Brava is on the East edge of the island, You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying very close. This beach is not just another pleasant piece of the coast, it also has a private beach feel——a unique quailty in a touristy place like Puerto Rico. While Playa Brava may be a little more trouble to reach, it offers unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

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, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the East coast of Isla de Culebra; it will be near other attractions like Culebra Museum, which is pretty close, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Puerto Rico, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Flemenco Tank, which is a quick cab ride or walk from the beach.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 exploring the city is a convenient option. Not far away you'll find Culebra Pueblo, a city which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Beach-goers will find a decent selection of hotels to pick from in the area around Playa Brava. The most accessible of which are listed below.

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


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you try a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest restaurants 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, you'll find other beaches besides Playa Brava on Isla de Culebra.

You may also want to consider Playa de Sardinas, located two and a half miles away.

You may find that Playa Brava is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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