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.

Set on the island of Isla de Culebra, Playa Melones is on the South West coast of the island, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. Playa Melones is one of those beautiful but fun beaches which rarely gets too crowded, even though it's in a fairly popular area.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you want to see the underwater world.

Remember to take into account that the area right around Playa Melones is rather congested, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Playa Melones on the South West coast of Isla de Culebra. It is close to Culebra Museum, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of the attractions in the area.

Historical attractions like Flemenco Tank offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Playa Melones, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Puerto Rico, without having to stray too far from the beach. Actually, this coast is two miles to the north-northwest of this interesting historical site.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

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

Playa Melones is in the Culebra Pueblo area, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The nearby town of Culebra Pueblo is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked nearby hotels. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it can appeal to guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a good number of lodgings within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient choices have been displayed in the table below.

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


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to eat at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, within a reachable distance. One of the closest places to eat is El Batey Bar de Papa. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are included in the following table.

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

Isla de Culebra has many nice beaches, and Playa Melones is just one option.

You might also want to visit Playa de Sardinas, which is located a few hundred yards to the southeast.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Puerto Rico; then again, Playa Melones is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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