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Culebra Travel Guide: 50 reviews and 102 photos

Located just 12 miles west of St. Thomas, Culebra is actually closer to the Virgin Islands than it is to mainland Puerto Rico (it is 17 miles east of the big island). The island is only seven miles long and three-and-a-half miles wide, but it features what is widely considered to be the finest beach in Puerto Rico and some of the country’s best diving and snorkeling. The population of a little over 2000 residents is friendly, welcoming, and proud, but “island time” in Culebra takes on a somewhat different meaning than it does in other places. “Island time” in Culebra often means waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more (without even being acknowledged) while regulars (typically snowbirds from the USA who visit the island annually for extended stays) are catered to one after another. The non-stop traffic of rented jeeps, public mini-buses, and local cars also makes the island anything but quiet. And, it is somewhat disappointing to hear only English spoken in a place where Spanish is supposed to be the primary language. This isn’t paradise – unless you are an American whose version of paradise is visiting a quasi-foreign country without really leaving America. Fortunately, the beaches and underwater diversions provide an ample respite from such unwelcome nonsense. There are two ways of reaching the island: (1) taking the incredibly cheap ($2.50 one-way), 1.5 hour, ferry from Fajardo, which currently runs three times a day; or (2) flying a 10-minute puddle jumper, which fly varying schedules depending on weather and number of passengers and cost in the range of $25 one-way.

  • Last visit to Culebra: Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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