Playa South Beach

Off the coast of the small island of Culebra is an even smaller uninhabited island called Cayo Luis Peña; here is where Playa South Beach lies. Visitors are allowed on the beach during the day for sunning, swimming, sailing, and snorkeling, but must return to Culebra at night.

Located on the island of Isla de Culebra, You might want to drop by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Puerto Rico's beaches are pretty busy for the most part, however, Playa South Beach is tamer than most, making it just the right spot for vacationers who aren't fond of huge throngs of tourists.

How to Access The Beach
Playa South Beach is accessible only by private water taxi.

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa South Beach is lined with trees. The sand is tan, the waters are turquoise, and the reef is located just off shore.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the South West coast of Isla de Culebra; the area is home to other attractions such as Flemenco Tank, which is not very far away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Culebra Museum (located only a short taxi ride away) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new side of Puerto Rico's history.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa South Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Flemenco Tank Historical Site 2.5 mi. N Isla de Culebra
Culebra Museum Museum 3.2 mi. E Isla de Culebra
Culebra Museum of History Museum 3.3 mi. E Isla de Culebra
Culebrita Lighthouse Lighthouse 6.9 mi. E Culebrita

Cities and Towns

Playa South Beach is in the Culebra Pueblo area, so exploring the city is a convenient option. The nearby town of Culebra Pueblo is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization.


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Vacationers will find a nice selection of hotel and resort options to choose from in the vicinity of the beach. The closest of which can be viewed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Playa South Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Palmetto Guest House 1.9 mi. ENE Guest house
World of Kokomo Hotel 1.9 mi. E Hotel
Casa Ensenada Waterfront Guesthouse 2.0 mi. E Hotel
Mamacitas Guesthouse 2.0 mi. E Hotel
Posada La Hamaca 2.0 mi. E B & B
Villa Bohemeac 2.1 mi. E Hotel
Culebra Beach Villas 2.2 mi. NNE Hotel
Vigias Guest House 2.7 mi. ENE Hotel
Club Seabourne Boutique Hotel 2.8 mi. E Hotel


When you start craving 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 nearest restaurants is Heather's Pizza. This restaurant serves Italian food. They are also known for serving pizza. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a little ways away.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

Restaurants near Playa South Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Heather's Pizza (787) 742-3175 Italian -- 1.9 mi. E
The Spot (787) 726-7993 Bistro -- 1.9 mi. E
El Batey Bar de Papa (787) 742-3828 -- -- 2.0 mi. E
Café Delizioso -- Italian -- 2.0 mi. ENE
Pan Deli (787) 402-3510 -- -- 2.0 mi. E
Mamacitas Restaurant (787) 742-0090 Caribbean, Fusion Very Casual 2.0 mi. E
Zaco's Tacos (787) 742-0243 Mexican Very Casual 2.1 mi. E
El Eden (787) 742-0509 Caribbean, International -- 2.1 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 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

There are other beaches on Isla de Culebra you might like besides Playa South Beach.

You might also want to visit Playa de Sardinas, which is located within a couple of miles.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Puerto Rico, but visiting Playa South Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Puerto Rico even more memorable.


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