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.

Situated on the southeastern coast of the island of Isla de Culebra, You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. The beaches in Puerto Rico aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but Playa Manzanilla is less exposed than the others, 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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South East coast of Isla de Culebra. It's located near Culebra Museum of History, which is one of a number of attractions in the region.

If you're intrigued by Puerto Rico's history, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. The nearest historical attraction is Flemenco Tank, which is five miles to the northwest.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Puerto Rico. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

Not far away you'll find Culebra Pueblo, a town which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but you may see guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a good amount of lodgings within driving distance. A few of the more convenient choices are displayed in the table below.

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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to dine at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the closest restaurants is Dakity Restaurant. The restaurant serves delicious Caribbean cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood.

The following table lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Playa Manzanilla
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Dakity Restaurant (787) 278-5100 Caribbean Informal 1.8 mi. W
Shipwreck Bar and Grill Bahia Marina (787) 278-5100 Caribbean Very Casual 1.8 mi. W
Gio by Gio (787) 742-0535 Caribbean Informal 1.8 mi. W
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 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Playa Manzanilla on Isla de Culebra.

You might also want to visit Playa de Sardinas, which is located reasonably close-by, meaning a short ride in a taxi should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

You may find that Playa Manzanilla is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, Puerto Rico offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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