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 whether or not you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Even active vacationers with jam-packed itineraries will discover advantages to finding a beach that hasn't been "discovered" by thousands of tourists; relatively untouched parts of the coast like Playa Tortuga make great places to spread out and relax.

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, public restrooms aren't available.

If you tend to like coasts that offer those who visit a quiet enclave, then maybe head on over to Playa Tortuga; it is found within a much quieter sector of the region.

What's Nearby


Playa Tortuga is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North East coast of Culebrita. It is near some interesting sites like Culebrita Lighthouse, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of a number of attractions close-by.

Historical attractions such as Flemenco Tank offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Playa Tortuga, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Puerto Rico, without having to venture too far from the coast. Actually, this site can be found six and a half miles from this destination of historical interest.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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 very close to Culebra Pueblo, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The city of Culebra Pueblo is close-by and is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full the nearby hotels are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may see visitors from smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of lodgings within driving distance. A list of the closest 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


When you start craving an afternoon snack, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you won't have to look too far from the sea. Dakity Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves Caribbean food. Many guests rave about their seafood.

A few nearby dining options are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Playa Tortuga
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Dakity Restaurant (787) 278-5100 Caribbean Informal 4.3 mi. WSW
Shipwreck Bar and Grill Bahia Marina (787) 278-5100 Caribbean Very Casual 4.3 mi. WSW
Gio by Gio (787) 742-0535 Caribbean Informal 4.3 mi. WSW
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 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach on Culebrita will have lots of options besides Playa Tortuga.

Another location you may want to try is Playa Manzanilla, which is located two and a half miles away.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Puerto Rico, and Playa Tortuga is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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