Culebra Island Journals

Non-Fishing in the Fishing Village of Culebra P.R.

A July 2001 trip to Culebra Island by ext212

Culebra Ocean View Photo, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico More Photos
Quote: We wanted to sunbathe without spending most of our week-long vacation on a plane and Florida was not an option. We looked into Puerto Rico and found Culebra off the main island -- that was enough to entice us.

Non-Fishing in the Fishing Village of Culebra P.R.

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Overview

Culebra Photo, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
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The plan was to spend a maximum of two days in Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, and get away from the casinos and the city's nightlife. From the Puerto Rico map, we saw Culebra, which is off the main island, and that was enough of a lure for us. Culebra is a small fishing village that's beginning to enjoy a tourism boom because the US Navy has finally stopped using the archipelago for target practice. You want highlights about my trip? How about beach, beach, beach, and more beach?Quick Tips: Fly to Puerto Rico's Luis Muñoz Marin Airport in San Juan before midnight and hire a cab for about US to Fajardo the next day. You're out of San Juan as quickly as possible and you're at the ...Read More

Culebra Ocean View

Hotel | "Ocean View in Culebra"

Culebra Ocean View Photo, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
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Luis Grundler owns this house on a hill above the bay of Ensenada. Each guestroom has its own bathroom and you can use the house's kitchen, which is equipped with everything you need. Luis can cook you breakfast if you tell him ahead of time and he'll make dinner after you're tired of the handful of other family-run restaurants in the village. He also has his own speedboat so you can arrange for day trips to smaller islands surrounding Culebra.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2004

Culebra Ocean View
Ensenada Honda Bay
Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
(787) 742-2601

At Wind Chimes Inn

Hotel | "Wind Chimes Inn in Condado while in San Juan"

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Wind Chimes Inn
1750 McLeary Avenue Corner of Taft
Condado PR 00911


The plan was to spend a maximum of two days in Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, and get away from the casinos and the city's nightlife. We arrived in San Juan before midnight, checked in, and slept until breakfast the next day. We checked out and continued on to Culebra.

Our room was nice enough for the low price we paid for one night.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2004

At Wind Chimes Inn
1750 Calle McLeary
San Juan, Puerto Rico
1(800) 946-3244

Luis Pena: Beach Day Trip Photo, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
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We were staying with Luis at Ocean View in Culebra and one of the trips we arranged with him and his speedboat is to Luis Pena.

We left Culebra around 10am and Luis dropped us off less than an hour later with an icebox packed with two sandwiches for lunch and a big bottle of water. We got lucky because the day we chose to go was the day when everyone else was in another beach, so it was just my boyfriend and I for the whole day in this small patch of sand and turquoise water. Our witness to our skinny-dipping was one yatch, miles and miles away. Luis' speedboat came back to pick us up around 4pm and we were like steamed lobsters with our tan! Mission accomplished!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2004

Luis Pena: Beach Day Trip
North side of Cayo de Luis Pena
Culebra Island, Puerto Rico

Culebrita: Beach Day Trip Photo, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
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Culebrita, a smaller version of Culebra, was pure heaven. Luis of Ocean View in Culebra arranged for us to go to Culebrita for our second day trip and it was the same drill: pack some sandwiches for lunch with a big bottle of water; drop us off before 11am; return to pick us up by 4pm.

Culebrita, when we were there, looked like an abandoned island with only a small patch of sand. If you're not careful, dried plants and cacti are around and you don't want that near your bare skin or your precious beach towels.

We went snorkeling on our own because we had our own gear, but I chose to sleep and sunbathe for most of the day.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2004

Culebrita: Beach Day Trip
Between Culebra and the Virgin Islands
Culebra Island, Puerto Rico

Mamacita's

Attraction | "Mamacita's in Culebra"

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Mamacita's is a guesthouse, bar, and a restaurant, but because we didn't stay there, we just joined the party there one night. We were walking around the village after dinner and all we can hear is the loud music coming from a live band -- we had to check it out. There are few people in Culebra and it seemed everyone was here that night! People were dancing, smoking, and drinking and the energy was intoxicating. We liked the atmosphere but only for a night -- we didn't go to a sleepy fishing village for nothing. We did go back for an afternoon drink after a beach trip and it was more mellow. You can actually see the bright colors of the place during the daytime, and you can talk to the staff a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2004

Mamacita's
64 Castellar Street
Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
(787) 742-0090

Playa Flamenco

Attraction | "Playa Flamenco: Beach Day Trip"

Playa Flamenco Photo, Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
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Playa Flamenco is the first beach you'll go to as soon as you arrive in Culebra. It's the closest to the village and accessible by any of the private car taxis around the neighborhood.

Even though the name is Spanish for the flamingoes that flock during the winter, it is also the home of endangered leatherback sea turtles nesting from March to June.

Playa Flamenco has soft white sand and shallow blue water -- it isn't named one of the world's best beaches by Travel Channel for nothing.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2004

Playa Flamenco
Flamenco Beach
Culebra Island, Puerto Rico