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.

Situated near the center of the island of Isla de Culebra, Playa Melones is on the South West coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of Puerto Rico's beaches, but Playa Melones is a little different. You'll still find it has a calm, serene mood, but you can visit without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you're looking to see what goes on beneath the surface.

You should remember that the area surrounding Playa Melones is a bustling area, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Playa Melones is on the South West coast of Isla de Culebra; this area boasts other attractions such as Culebra Museum, which is two miles to the east.

If you want more information on the history of Puerto Rico, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the nearest historical attractions is Flemenco Tank, which is two miles away.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. 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

The closest town is Fajardo, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of lodgings a car ride away. A few of the more convenient possibilities have been displayed in the following list.

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


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you visit a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without having to stray too far. One of the closest restaurants is El Batey Bar de Papa. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are provided 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

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Isla de Culebra besides Playa Melones.

You may also want to consider Playa de Sardinas, which is located only a short distance away.

Puerto Rico has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and Playa Melones is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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