Playa Melones

Melones Beach is located on Isla de Culebra's west shore. Reefs surround the beach just off shore, making it not only a great place for snorkeling, but a wonderful place to bring children since the waters are so calm.

Located on the island of Isla de Culebra, Playa Melones is on the South West coast of the island, You might want to drop by whether or not you are staying nearby. Many of the beaches in Puerto Rico are quiet and secluded, but at Playa Melones, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

How to Access The Beach
Melones Beach is located west of Dewey, up a dirt hill and just behind a church.

Amenities and Ambiance

Melones Beach is divided into two areas. To the right, you'll find the soft powdery sand that is perfect for laying out, building sand castles, and burying friends in. To the left, the shore is covered in shells and coral that wash ashore from the protective reef located out in the turquoise waters.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some gear if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

Since Playa Melones happens to be located inside an area popular for visitors., you might need to hunt to get a spot!

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Playa Melones is on the South West coast of Isla de Culebra; the area is home to other attractions such as Culebra Museum, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

Historical attractions such as Flemenco Tank offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Playa Melones, and allow visitors to learn more about Puerto Rico, without having to stray too far from the beach. In fact, this site can be found two miles from this place of historical interest.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Melones
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Culebra Museum Museum 1.9 mi. E Isla de Culebra
Culebra Museum of History Museum 2.0 mi. E Isla de Culebra
Flemenco Tank Historical Site 2.2 mi. NNW Isla de Culebra
Culebrita Lighthouse Lighthouse 5.6 mi. E Culebrita

Cities and Towns

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


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may encounter guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a nice range of booking options to choose from in the vicinity of Playa Melones. The most accessible of which can be seen in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Playa Melones
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Palmetto Guest House 0.6 mi. NE Guest house
Casa Ensenada Waterfront Guesthouse 0.7 mi. E Hotel
World of Kokomo Hotel 0.7 mi. ESE Hotel
Mamacitas Guesthouse 0.8 mi. E Hotel
Posada La Hamaca 0.8 mi. E B & B
Villa Bohemeac 0.9 mi. E Hotel
Vigias Guest House 1.4 mi. ENE Hotel
Culebra Beach Villas 1.6 mi. N Hotel
Club Seabourne Boutique Hotel 1.8 mi. SE Hotel


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the closest places to eat is El Batey Bar de Papa. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby dining options are shown below.

Restaurants near Playa Melones
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Batey Bar de Papa (787) 742-3828 -- -- 0.6 mi. E
Heather's Pizza (787) 742-3175 Italian -- 0.7 mi. ESE
The Spot (787) 726-7993 Bistro -- 0.7 mi. ESE
Café Delizioso -- Italian -- 0.7 mi. NE
Pan Deli (787) 402-3510 -- -- 0.7 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 -- -- -- --
Zaco's Tacos (787) 742-0243 Mexican Very Casual 0.8 mi. E

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Playa Melones isn't the only beach worth visitng on Isla de Culebra.

Travelers may also want to consider Playa de Sardinas, which is located a few hundred yards away.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, a trip to Playa Melones could end up a family favorite.


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