"Culebrita - Island paradise" Isla Culebrita by MikeAtSea

Isla Culebrita Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 16 photos

There are no permanent communities on tiny Y-shaped Culebrita. Some visitors kayak across the narrow channel from neighboring Culebra (Zoni Beach). Nestled into the y’scurving fork, Playa de Tortugais the favorite destination among Culebrita fans. The only way to reach it is by boat or a short hike. At the northern tip of the island (hike from Tortuga Beach), the Jacuzzis are Culebrita’s version of the BVI’s Baths. A series of shallow seafed pools, the natural “tubs” are filled with warm water. The “jacuzzi” action comes when the surf refreshes the water supply. Snorkelers may fare better on the south shore, where the reef is teeming with life.

The only historic site on the island, Culebrita Lighthouse, at the center of the island, is worth the short hike to reach it. The Spanish-built beacon, now a national historic landmark, began operation in 1886. Built on the island’s highest point (for visibility), the view from the site is spectacular. It was not really needed for navigation– it was mainly built to declare the Culebra region’s as Spanish territory against possibly British or Danish incursion. Ironically, the territory went to American hands just 12 years later. Damaged through years of neglect and two hurricanes the monument is quiet battered.

  • Last visit to Isla Culebrita: Feb 2011
  • Intro Written Feb 27, 2011
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