Playa Manzanilla

A peaceful beach a bit out of the way, Playa Manzanilla is a popular choice for people looking just to get away for a while. Visitors will be met with a long beach with views of the ocean and some boats gently rocking off shore.

Located on the island of Isla de Culebra, You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Puerto Rico's beaches are pretty busy for the most part, but you'll find Playa Manzanilla to be a little calmer than most, making it just the right spot for vacationers who'd like a less hectic scene, but one that's not completely empty.

How to Access The Beach
The first step for anyone wanting to visit the beach is to get to the island of Culebra. Once on the island, it is a little far, but an easy drive to the south east.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa Manzanilla is marked by the line of tropical trees behind the beach and the calm Caribbean waters that are thanks to the sand bar a bit in front of the cove.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here.

What's Nearby


Playa Manzanilla is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the South East coast of Isla de Culebra. Culebra Museum of History is one of a number of the area's interesting attractions.

If you want more information on the history of Puerto Rico, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Flemenco Tank, which is five miles to the northwest.

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

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Manzanilla
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Culebra Museum of History Museum 1.8 mi. NW Isla de Culebra
Culebra Museum Museum 2.0 mi. NW Isla de Culebra
Culebrita Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.5 mi. NE Culebrita
Flemenco Tank Historical Site 5.1 mi. NW Isla de Culebra

Cities and Towns

Culebra Pueblo is nearby and is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it can appeal to visitors from some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of hotel rooms within a car's reach. Some of the closest choices are seen in the following list.

Accommodations near Playa Manzanilla
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Club Seabourne Boutique Hotel 2.0 mi. W Hotel
Vigias Guest House 2.6 mi. NW Hotel
Villa Bohemeac 2.7 mi. W Hotel
Posada La Hamaca 2.8 mi. W B & B
Mamacitas Guesthouse 2.8 mi. W Hotel
World of Kokomo Hotel 2.9 mi. W Hotel
Casa Ensenada Waterfront Guesthouse 2.9 mi. W Hotel
Palmetto Guest House 3.2 mi. WNW Guest house
Culebra Beach Villas 4.4 mi. NW Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Playa Manzanilla; you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest places to eat is Restaurant Guava. The restaurant serves delicious eclectic food. They're also renowned for their chicken and seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Playa Manzanilla
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Restaurant Guava (787) 742-3169 Eclectic Informal 2.0 mi. W
El Eden (787) 742-0509 Caribbean, International -- 2.7 mi. W
Mamacitas Restaurant (787) 742-0090 Caribbean, Fusion Very Casual 2.8 mi. W
Zaco's Tacos (787) 742-0243 Mexican Very Casual 2.8 mi. W
Pan Deli (787) 402-3510 -- -- 2.8 mi. W
The Spot (787) 726-7993 Bistro -- 2.9 mi. W
Heather's Pizza (787) 742-3175 Italian -- 2.9 mi. W
El Batey Bar de Papa (787) 742-3828 -- -- 3.0 mi. WNW
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 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

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

Travelers may also want to consider Playa de Sardinas, which is located reasonably close-by, meaning a short ride in a taxi is an easy option.

Maybe Playa Manzanilla is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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