Transportation Options for Culebra

Making transportation arrangements should be as laid back as the island of Culebra itself

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Culebra is a small island to the east of the main island in Puerto Rico. Stunning beaches with plenty of opportunities for watersports, beautiful tropical landscape, and a generally quiet environment is what draws tourists looking for a true tropical getaway. Getting here may take a few extra steps, plus, transportation options on the island are limited so it important to learn about the topic before you begin making plans.

Getting There

There are plenty of options for tourists to choose from with regards to getting to Culebra despite the small size of the island. Although you'll have to stop in San Juan first, whether you fly, sail, or cruise, from there it won't take long after that to get to your local accommodations.

Air Travel

Flights to Culebra are available via Vieques Air Link and Air Flamenco at least five times a day from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in Isla Verde, Isla Grande Airport in Isla Grande, and Diego Jimenez Torres Airport (FAJ) in Fajardo. Flights range in price from $35 to $95(USD) one way. You'll find more specific details about each option by reading our guide to Culebra Air Travel.

Sailing

A popular sailing destination, anchorage slips are typically tied to local resorts which offer packages that include your stay as well as the cost of docking your boat. Luckily, these days you can't sail directly to Culebra and dock right away. Your first stop will have to be at an official port of entry where you'll meet with customs to have your documentation and stores reviewed, as well as purchase a 12-month cruising permit. The cost is $25 for U.S. citizens and $37(USD) for all others. You can contact customs there at 787-863-0950.

Cruising

Puerto Rico is a very popular stop for tourists who have dreams of cruising through the Caribbean. The cruise terminal is actually located in Old San Juan, which can make it difficult for cruisers to see Culebra, but it is a possibility. You can fly to Culebra from San Juan as your biggest time saver, or you can drive to Fajardo and take a ferry. You'll find more information about ferries below.

Getting Around

... limited choices when it comes to getting around ...

 

The lack of public transportation on Culebra gives tourists limited choices when it comes to getting around the island. Most people will end up renting a car or a scooter as their main mode of transportation, an option you can learn about by clicking here. A limited number of publicos and taxis are also available. They can typically be found at Flamenco Beach with plans to take passengers into town or to the Culebra Ferry Dock. If you need a taxi to pick you up from elsewhere, give them a call. The cost is $1(USD) base, and $0.10(USD) for each one-third mile, unless you and the driver settle on a rate in advance.

Ferries

Run by the Puerto Rico Ports Authority, there are several ferries a day between Fajardo and Culebra. The trip takes about an hour pending weather conditions, and costs $2.25(USD) per person each way. Additionally, there is a parking lot next to the ferry terminal which costs $5(USD) a day, so if you've rented a car make sure to keep this cost into account. Seats are limited, so it is recommended that you either arrive at least an hour ahead of departure time, or make a reservation by calling 787-860-2005 between the hours of 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. as well as 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The transportation options on Culebra may seem limiting, but in fact they make it even easier for tourists to figure out how they'll get around. It is getting to the island that will require the most forethought, and even then you should have no issue putting the pieces together and getting everything ready for your getaway.

 

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