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.

Located near the heart of the island of Isla de Culebra, Playa Brava is on the East coast of the island, You might want whether or not you're staying in the vicinity. Love beach-going but hate the crowds? Extra space is just one of the perks that comes with finding a beach that isn't surrounded by thousands of hotel rooms; beaches less-traveled like Playa Brava are usually more relaxing than those overrun with fellow travelers.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


Found on the East coast of Isla de Culebra; it will be near other attractions like Culebra Museum, which is a mile and a half away.

Historical attractions like Flemenco Tank provide a nice compliment to the scenery of Playa Brava, and allow visitors to learn more about Puerto Rico, without venturing too far from the coast. As a matter of fact, this shore will be found two and a half miles from this destination of historical interest.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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

Culebra Pueblo is nearby and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. Playa Brava is not near very many major hotels, but you may encounter guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good amount of lodgings within driving distance. A list of the closest options can be viewed 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


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without having to go far. Cafe Isola is one of the closest eateries.

Nearby restaurant options are listed in the following table.

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

Playa Brava isn't the only beach worth checking out on Isla de Culebra.

You may also want to consider Playa de Sardinas, which is located within a short distance.

Maybe Playa Brava is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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