Playa Luis Pena

A well known kayaking spot, Playa Luis Pena's clear calm ocean is the perfect shove off point for anyone looking to explore the tropical waters of Puerto Rico. Don't worry if you're not into kayaking though, this beautiful beach works just fine for sun-tanning and swimming.

Situated on the island of Isla de Culebra, You should think about stopping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Playa Luis Pena is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's one of the best spots for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches in Puerto Rico may be just as pretty, but are usually busier because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

How to Access The Beach
With no development on the island, the only way to get to Playa Luis Pena is via watercraft.

Amenities and Ambiance

Located just off the coast of Culebra and in a cove, Playa Luis Pena is well protected from the rough waters that can be in the are, making it a great beach for swimming and playing in the water. Land landlubbers can also explore the natural island, as much of it is untouched. Just be care, while it is not a large island, the dense fores is easy to get lost in.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

What's Nearby


Playa Luis Pena is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the West coast of Isla de Culebra. It is near Flemenco Tank, which is found a mile and a half to the north-northeast, and it is among the attractions in the area.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Culebra Museum (found three and a half miles to the east) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new perspective of Puerto Rico.

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

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Luis Pena
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Flemenco Tank Historical Site 1.8 mi. NNE Isla de Culebra
Culebra Museum Museum 3.3 mi. E Isla de Culebra
Culebra Museum of History Museum 3.5 mi. E Isla de Culebra
Culebrita Lighthouse Lighthouse 7.0 mi. E Culebrita

Cities and Towns

Playa Luis Pena is in the Culebra Pueblo area, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The city of Culebra Pueblo is close-by and is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good selection of rooming options to pick from in the area around the beach. The closest of which can be viewed below.

Accommodations near Playa Luis Pena
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Culebra Beach Villas 1.7 mi. NE Hotel
Palmetto Guest House 1.9 mi. E Guest house
Casa Ensenada Waterfront Guesthouse 2.2 mi. E Hotel
World of Kokomo Hotel 2.2 mi. ESE Hotel
Mamacitas Guesthouse 2.3 mi. E Hotel
Posada La Hamaca 2.3 mi. E B & B
Villa Bohemeac 2.4 mi. E Hotel
Vigias Guest House 2.8 mi. E Hotel
Club Seabourne Boutique Hotel 3.2 mi. ESE Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Playa Luis Pena; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. El Meson de Goyita is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves delicious Creole food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Playa Luis Pena
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Meson de Goyita (787) 206-9028 Creole Very Casual 1.5 mi. NE
Café Delizioso -- Italian -- 2.0 mi. E
El Batey Bar de Papa (787) 742-3828 -- -- 2.1 mi. E
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 -- -- -- --
Heather's Pizza (787) 742-3175 Italian -- 2.2 mi. E
The Spot (787) 726-7993 Bistro -- 2.2 mi. E
Pan Deli (787) 402-3510 -- -- 2.2 mi. E

Other Beaches

Isla de Culebra has many nice beaches, so Playa Luis Pena is not your only option.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Playa de Sardinas, which is located only a short distance away.

There's plenty to see and do in Puerto Rico, and Playa Luis Pena offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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