An Itinerary for 3 Days on Culebra

Culebra Itinerary

If you are someone who just loves spending lazy days lying on a beautiful beach, or if (like us) you need more activity including beach-combing, snorkeling, hiking, and great photo ops … then the out-island of Culebra is for you. It offers the best of both worlds!

Culebra is a laid back island with not too much to do besides great Caribbean beaches and excellent snorkeling (and that’s not a bad thing).

Since we live in the rain forest, we like to get a different perspective once in a while. Over the past year, we have taken a few 3-day/2-night mini-vacations on Culebra, which gives us the chance to trade the greens of El Yunque for the deep blues of the Caribbean Sea.

Here is a sample itinerary that you can use for planning a quick getaway from the big island.

Planning: Getting to Culebra

Culebra is an island municipality to the east of the big island of Puerto Rico, so transportation is your first decision. Your options are to take the ferry from Fajardo, or to fly from Ceiba or Isla Grande.

Culebra Itinerary

For most people, this comes down to a budget decision. The general rule is "Take the ferry if you have more time than money. Fly if you have more money than time."

We have taken the ferry a number of times in the past. That was until we flew for the first time. Now, flying is the only way to go. Sure, it is more $$, but it is so worth it.

Flights are quick and easy (an 8-minute flight versus good hour on the ferry), you can be on the beach in Culebra by mid-morning, and there are lots of great photo ops from the air.

Planning: Transportation

Though public transportation (mostly publicos between Dewey and Playa Flamenco) is available, renting your own vehicle will allow you to get the most out your visit to Culebra. A 4WD Jeep, while not mandatory, will let you explore all of the remote beaches on the island. A car will get you to all of the must-see beaches. Other options include VW Things, golf carts, and bicycles.

For newer Jeeps, we prefer Carlos Jeep Rentals (phone: 787-742-3514). You can save a little $$ with Jerry’s Jeeps (phone: 787-742-0587). Now Avis is on Culebra- you can book online or call (787) 742-0726.

Planning: Where to stay

Culebra Itinerary

Dewey is the only "town" on the island. That’s where you’ll find mini-markets, restaurants, and the ferry terminal. There are some places to stay right in Dewey, some are within walking distance, and others definitely require a car to get to.

There are no "hotels" in Culebra. There are mostly guesthouses, vacation rentals, and a couple small condo-resorts (we use the term "resort" loosely). These places are spread out across the island. But nothing on the island is really out of the way. I think the farthest you can drive between any two points on the island is about 20 minutes.

Though not our cup of tea, camping on Culebra is an option to a guesthouse or condo rental. There are some very nice looking campsites at Playa Flamenco. Just be aware that these campsites are in high demand (and crowded) during Holy Week, and on weekends in the summer.

Day One: Arrival, Food, Shopping, Beach

Right after we arrive, the first thing we like to do is drop our luggage off at the place that we’re staying. Most places will hold your bags for you until check-in time (which is usually around 3pm). That way, we can go to the beach without worrying about leaving our bags unattended in our car.

We usually wear our bathing suits for the trip over, and pack our beach/snorkel bag with our beach necessities (beach towel/blanket, snorkel gear, sunscreen, water bottles, camera, etc). Everything else is in our bags that we drop off at the place we’re renting. It should be noted that Culebra is definitely island casualgetting dressed up for dinner means putting on clean shorts and flip-flops — so pack light.

Culebra Itinerary

Next, we stop at one of the mini-markets to get non-perishable supplies (soda, rum, snacks, bread, cereal, etc). We bring our own snorkel equipment, but if you need to buy/rent gear you can check KPR Adventure Store (across from airport), Culebra Divers and Cuelbra Bike Shop( both across from the ferry terminal), La Cava Gift Shop just out of town by the old school, or even Tent City at Playa Flamenco.

After stocking up, it’s time to start our vacation! Our #1 stop is usually Flamenco Beach. It’s a stunningly beautiful beach, with everything you need to shift into vacation mode … food, drink, white sand, and some pretty good snorkeling. You can rent an umbrella and beach chairs, or just lay down your blanket and relax! For snorkeling, try Shark Cages (to the far right when facing the water), or head to the left (toward the tank).

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After we get tired of the white sand and blue water on Playa Flamenco, we usually head over to Playa Tamarindo for a quick snorkeling session with the local Green turtles.

After we tire of swimming with turtles and sting rays, we head over to the place we’re renting to formally check-in, and get cleaned up. Then we find a good place to watch the sun set (Playa Tamarindo or Playa Melones are favorite spots!), have an obligatory happy hour drink on the beach (from our mini-market supplies), and then after the colors set, find a place to have dinner.

"Nightlife" on Culebra is comprised mostly of star-gazing, which is usually how we wrap-up our first night on Culebra.

Day Two: Island-hopping, Hiking, Beach, More Turtles

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Being our first full day on Culebra, Day Two is usually our more active day.

We’re usually up early for a pre-breakfast beach walk on Playa Zoni, especially if it is turtle season (to check for new nests).

Then we head to the panaderia (PanDeli Bakery in Dewey phone: 787-742-3311) for ham, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches. They are delicious and huge; they keep us full for hours. Depending on what we have planned for the day, we sometimes pick up an additional sandwich to take along for lunch.

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Culebra offers multiple options for our "busy" day. Things we’ve done on this second day include a trip to Cayo Luis Pena or Culebrita (via water taxi or local boat captain), a SCUBA or snorkeling trip to one of the off-shore reefs, hiking on Culebra, or even a guided kayaking/snorkeling trip in the Luis Peña Marina Reserve.

After our full day, if there’s time, we head to Playa Tamarindo to see the turtles (are you detecting a trend yet?). Or, we might head to Playa Melones for snorkeling and to watch the sun set.

Then it’s back “home”, shower, and then back out for dinner.

Day Three: Beach, Souvenir Shopping, Departure

For our final day on Culebra, we usually do something active in the morning, and then end the day with shopping and/or beach time.

Our first stop is to talk to the place we’re staying to see if we can get a late check-out.

Then we head out to the panaderia for breakfast, then to a beach — Zoni for a walk, or snorkeling at Soldado, Melones, Tamarindo or Flamenco.

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After a couple hours, we head back to the rental to shower, pack, and check out. Just like prior to check-in, we ask the place we stayed to hold our bags until around 3pm.

Then we head into Dewey for some local souvenir shopping, lunch, and to fill up the rental Jeep with gas. If we still have time before our flight home, we head to Playa Flamenco either to walk on the beach (and take more photos!) or to sit and watch the water.

Then it’s back to the place we stayed to pick up our luggage. Then off to the airport to return the Jeep, check-in for our flight, and start planning our next trip back to Culebra!

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I don't know, but you can call the companies and ask- they are fully bi-lingual.

Comment by Gwenn on 20 Dec 2015

hello! Thank you for this great write up on Culebra! We are planning to visit for 3 nights in March and I am wondering if you might be able to shed some light on the rental policies for golf carts? We will have a car rental on the main island that we will be parking in Farjardo for the nights we are on Culebra (actually works out to be more economical to drive to Fajardo and fly from Ceiba than to fly from Isla Grande). We would like to rent a scooter or golf cart on the island and I am curious if you or any of your readers has experience with Carlos/Jerrys for this? We are already going to have some of our vacation funds tied up in a deposit for our car on the mainland and I am trying to figure out the deposit requirements on the smaller Culebra rentals (we will have a major credit card as well as full insurance). Thanks! Nicole

Comment by Nicole Chambers on 19 Dec 2015

We love Culebra, a quick 2-3 days or even a day trip and we are set. Flying from Ceiba is about $85 round trip.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Nov 2013

Now that's how you do Culebra. Great write-up. The tips and advice from the pros was great. Expectations are key, and I believe this article makes it clear what you will find in Culebra. Don't go expecting luxury, clubs, valets, butlers, strippers, neon light shows, and who knows what else, and you will most likely enjoy yourselves ... in a peaceful, relaxing, and laid back way. The ferry is next to nothing as far as cost. There is probably a price range, but how much would a flight be from Ceiba? The aerial views must be great, and I imagine another benefit of flying is that you could fly from several different airports around the island, making it practical and convenient based on where you are staying. My favorite breakfast while in PR is a hot pressed ham, egg, and cheese sandwich on sweet bread (pan sobao) ..... with mayo. I always look for the nearest bakery to get me off to a good start.

Comment by Josh on 10 Nov 2013

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