Playa Tortuga

Nothing short of an absolutely beautiful beach; the crystal waters, wide views, and tropical landscape wil have you wishing you never had to leave. The entire island of Culebrita has views of Caribbean waters and other islands, and every angle offers wonderful views. As you can probably tell, while you can swim, hike, and sail on this beach, the major draw is the sights.

Located on the island of Culebrita, Playa Tortuga is on the North East coast of the island, You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying nearby. This beach is not just a pleasant attraction, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches in Puerto Rico. While Playa Tortuga may be a little more trouble to reach, it provides a rare chance to escape crowds of tourists.

How to Access The Beach
The only way to reach the beach is via boat or seaplane. It is extremly popular though, and it will be easy to find a tour or charter that will take you here.

Amenities and Ambiance

Making up a cove on the small uninhabited island of Culebrita, Playa Tortuga has some very calm waters. Turn around, and you will be able to hike a while in the center of the island until coming to other beaches.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here.

If you find that you favor coasts that bring guests an angelic environment, then a good choice for you is Playa Tortuga; it is found in a less urban section of Culebrita.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North East coast of Culebrita. It is near some interesting sites like Culebrita Lighthouse, which is found a quarter mile to the south, and it is one of a number of attractions close-by.

Historic attractions, including Flemenco Tank, offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Playa Tortuga, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Puerto Rico, without venturing too far from the coast. Actually, this shore is six and a half miles to the west of this site of historical significance.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Tortuga
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Culebrita Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.3 mi. S Culebrita
Culebra Museum of History Museum 3.6 mi. W Isla de Culebra
Culebra Museum Museum 3.7 mi. W Isla de Culebra
Flemenco Tank Historical Site 6.4 mi. W Isla de Culebra

Cities and Towns

Playa Tortuga is near Culebra Pueblo, so walking the city is a definite option. The closest town is Culebra Pueblo, 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 vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can attract guests from some of the area's smaller options.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of places to stay which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient choices are seen in the following table.

Accommodations near Playa Tortuga
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Vigias Guest House 4.3 mi. W Hotel
Club Seabourne Boutique Hotel 4.5 mi. WSW Hotel
Villa Bohemeac 4.8 mi. W Hotel
Posada La Hamaca 4.9 mi. W B & B
Mamacitas Guesthouse 4.9 mi. W Hotel
Casa Ensenada Waterfront Guesthouse 5.0 mi. W Hotel
World of Kokomo Hotel 5.0 mi. W Hotel
Palmetto Guest House 5.1 mi. W Guest house
Culebra Beach Villas 5.8 mi. W Hotel


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest places to eat is Restaurant Guava. The restaurant features eclectic cuisine. They are also known for serving chicken and seafood. You can find it four and a half miles away.

A list of nearby restaurants is included in the following table.

Restaurants near Playa Tortuga
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Restaurant Guava (787) 742-3169 Eclectic Informal 4.5 mi. WSW
El Eden (787) 742-0509 Caribbean, International -- 4.9 mi. W
Zaco's Tacos (787) 742-0243 Mexican Very Casual 4.9 mi. W
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 -- -- -- --
Mamacitas Restaurant (787) 742-0090 Caribbean, Fusion Very Casual 4.9 mi. W
Pan Deli (787) 402-3510 -- -- 4.9 mi. W
El Batey Bar de Papa (787) 742-3828 -- -- 5.0 mi. W

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have plenty of other choices on Culebrita besides Playa Tortuga.

Travelers may also want to consider Playa Manzanilla, which is located two and a half miles to the south west.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Puerto Rico, and Playa Tortuga is just one of the many options.


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