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Camping at Flamenco Beach on Culebra

2/21 The camping area is still closed!. New in Oct 2018- There is now a required $2 per person “donation”/admission to the beach and $5 per car for parking ($4 for golf cart).. ..

Culebra Camping at Flamenco Beach

Culebra is a beautiful island, probably one of our favorite local beach mini-vacation getaway places. But lodging can be pricey. If you are looking for really low cost "lodging", and don’t mind roughing it a bit, camping might fit the bill.

The only campground on Culebra is the right on Playa Flamenco, and is managed by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA). It is an amazingly beautiful location, offering breezes and most of the amenities any camper could want. We don’t camp, but have visited the campsite and asked around to get the info for this mini-guide. We hope it helps.

Getting There

If you’re on the big island of Puerto Rico, getting to Flamenco Beach can be a bit of a hassle since Culebra is a different island. Your options of getting to Culebra are either to take a ferry from Ceiba or to fly from Ceiba, SJU, or Isla Grande. The ferry is the most economical way to get to Culebra , plus additional charges for tents, coolers, etc.

Camping Gear

Figuring out what gear you are going to need, and how you are going to get it to Flamenco Beach, requires some advance planning. Personally, I would bring all my own gear to Culebra, which would mean to bring it from home or to buy it on the big island. Some stores here, like Walmart, Kmart, Sears, Sams, and Costco, carry a limited assortment of camping gear.

Culebra Camping at Flamenco Beach

Another option is to rent most of your gear once on Culebra. We have found two places on Culebra that rent camping gear: Tent City and Culebra Bike Shop. Currently (3/15) there is an enterprising person on AirBnB who will have tent and all needed sleeping stuff set up for you at the campsite when you arrive!

If you opt to rent your gear, I would suggest that you call them to (1) make sure they will have the gear you need, (2) try to reserve your gear, and (3) make sure they will be open when you arrive. Don’t assume that either place will be open when you arrive.

Even if you decide to rent gear, you will still have to bring something to sleep in (sheets or sleeping bag), since that kind of thing can’t be rented. Or maybe just bring a hammock and string it up between a couple trees!

Culebra Camping at Flamenco Beach

Culebra Bike Shop is located in town, just across the street from the ferry terminal. They have tents, coolers, hammocks, chairs, and bikes for rent. The tents are mostly small 8×8 4-person tents and rent for $10 to $15 per night. Their phone number is 787-742-0589. You can try emailing them at

Tent City is one of the kiosks located right at Flamenco Beach. They rent tents and other camping gear like mattresses, flashlights, and propane stoves. They also sell fuel for camping stoves. They charge $20/night for a tent, plus a $50 deposit. Their phone number is 787-226-0232. Note- they haven’t been open about 85% of the times I have been at Flamenco beach.

Transportation on Culebra

I would recommend getting some type of transportation on Culebra. The campground is a good 30-minute HOT walk from town. You can easily get a $3 taxivan ride during the day. After 5pm, you will need to call one of the many taxi drivers posted at the campground for a ride back and forth to town. It will cost a few bucks more after dark. Renting a car would be a good idea if it is in your budget. Parking at Flamenco is $5/day.

Food and Supplies

I would recommend getting your supplies as soon as you get to Culebra. Colmado Milka is only a few blocks away from the ferry dock — just over the orange bridge. The Costa del Sol supermarket is close to the airport. Note that most markets close early on Sunday, usually by 1pm, so plan accordingly. Glass bottles are not permitted at Flamenco Beach, so stick to cans!

Reservations and Check-in

Culebra Camping at Flamenco Beach

They don’t usually take reservations as there is room for over 400 tents. However, the campground is extremely popular during Holy Week, the whole month of July, holiday weekends, and most summer weekends.

You need to check-in/registrar at the office right at the entrance to the balneario. The posted office hours are 6am to 7pm. However, if they are not open when you arrive, just pick a campsite, set up and settle up in the morning. It costs $30 per tent per night, maximum 6 people per tent ($20 for senior citizens and people with disabilities). Check-in is after 8am, check-out is before 4pm. They accept cash, credit cards and ATH.

At the Campground

The campground is packed dirt and sand, shaded by palms and pine trees. The camping areas are located just a few feet away from the beach, so you get ocean breezes, views and sounds. It is maintained pretty well, and it appears relatively clean.

The campground is divided into 5 areas, labeled A to E. Camping Area A is closest to the food and supply kiosks, but also closest to the parking lot and bus-loads of beach-goers. Camping Area E is farthest from the parking lot. There are some picnic tables in each area, but not enough for each campsite. So get there early and claim a table!

Culebra Camping at Flamenco Beach

Camping Areas A to D are for families, groups, and (usually) weekend party-goers. Camping Area E is designated as the "quiet" zone. We were amazed at the elaborate tent cities that the large local groups set up while we were there, with giant tarps strung in the trees above their tents and picnic tables. These are some serious party set-ups!

For cooking, you can’t have an open-flame fire. You either have to use a propane camping stove or get a site close to one of the BBQ pits. You need to supply your own charcoal for the BBQ pits. Note that tanks of propane cooking gas are prohibited on the ferry and planes. You will have to buy cooking fuel on Culebra, so plan ahead.

Culebra Camping at Flamenco Beach

There are a number of food kiosks at the balneario parking lot, but these close soon after the beach-goers leave for the day (about 6pm), so eat early, plan on cooking your own meals, or go into town for dinner.

The facilities at the campground are pretty basic. There are only outdoor showers, so you need to shower in your swimsuit, or have someone set up a privacy screen for you. Note that the water in the showers is non-potable.

Culebra Camping at Flamenco Beach

The bathrooms are flush toilets (that are usually decently clean except for really busy weekends), but there are no sinks. I suggest you bring your own toilet paper.

There are large water tanks of potable water at each camping area for cooking, cleaning, and brushing your teeth. The shower water is not always on, though I noticed it was on during the afternoon we were there.

Last-minute checklist

Remember to take camping gear, something to eat/drink, sunblock, insect repellent, toilet paper, trash bags, flashlight, personal care items, first aid kit, and matches to light a BBQ. We also recommend hard-soled shoes, since Culebra has lots of Acacia thorn bushes and coral rocks.

Personal Safety

While there is virtually no crime against tourists on Culebra, and there are guards that patrol the campground, I would be leery of leaving cameras, passports and other important or valuable items unattended in tents or on beaches. We always double dry bag our important stuff and bring it with us when we go in the water. Some people opt to dig a hole under the tent and hide stuff there.


For info, you can call the Flamenco Campground Office at 787-742-0700 or the Culebra Conservation and Development Authority at 787-742-3880, or you can write to them at:

Autoridad de Conservación y Desarrollo de Culebra,
Attn: Playa Flamenco
Box 217
Culebra, PR 00775

The maximum number of nights you can register for is 7 nights. If you want to stay longer (we were talking to a guy that have been camping there for 3 months) you need to go to the office and re-register every 7 nights.

When you register, you will be given a set of campground rules that everyone must abide by — typical things like no littering, quiet time after 11pm, and don’t bother the wildlife.

When you register, they may assign you to a specific campsite, but they just usually let you decide where you want to set up camp.

Sorry, no animals allowed at campsites unless they are certified guide dogs.

If you have a car, ask about a reduced parking rate

All info about camping or having parties at Playa Flamenco (and the registration/reservation paperwork) are in this Rules and Regs document

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I believe all of Flamenco Balneario is closed. Thanks- I will update the article. But it is true- Culebra and Vieques are not really open yet for visitors.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Oct 2020

Camping area is closed!!!! Do not go! They closed the entire area and did not post updates on any websites. Also Culebra is still closed for travel to the point that no restaurants are working after 6 pm at all. Make sure to call and find out all of the details before traveling.

Comment by Yuliya Babin on 09 Oct 2020

try this: Culebra Conservation and Development Authority at 787-742-3880

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Mar 2020

I want to stay for the holy week but I think the phone doesn't work. In order to do a reservation. Do someone knows another phone or if is open during the week?

Comment by Erika on 06 Mar 2020

Be careful at Flamenco Beach Campground. Most of the staff doesn't speak English and is quite terrible to English speakers. They seized all of my family's camping gear while we were at the beach, locked it in their office, and left for the night. They did not come back until the next morning, at which point we found out they had destroyed several hundred dollars worth of our belongings. Several items were missing. They are EXTREMELY RUDE to non Puerto Ricans and non Spanish speakers. I do not feel safe being near their staff after this experience and will not return or recommend their campground. Hostel is the exact same cost and actually has working bathrooms, running water, and friendly staff.

Comment by Former Flamenco Fan - Going Elsewhere on 18 Jan 2019

I assume yes to both on the 24th. Not sure stores open on 25th, but probably something. Campground should be open both days.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Dec 2018

Hi, Will the campground be open on Dec24 or 25? Are there any mini-stores where we can buy basic stuff like food/drinks around on 24/25?

Comment by Summer on 21 Dec 2018

There is a fee for parking. The other charge is a donation for helping pay for maintenance people to clean. You don't have to pay but it would be nice if you enjoy clean beaches/bathrooms etc.

Comment by Gwenn on 08 Dec 2018

Last thing that I remember about the law here in Puerto Rico is that beaches are free, only issue is the access which you might have an inconvenience at first, but there shouldn't be ANY admission charge for access no matter how small it is, this should be illegal. That's certainly odd, great informational post here. Thanks.

Comment by Joaquin on 07 Dec 2018

I heard the campground is not officially open but people are camping there.

Comment by Gwenn on 29 Mar 2018

Can anyone verify that the campground is open?

Comment by Larry on 29 Mar 2018

I have not seen a thing about when it may reopen. They are still doing the munitions clean up.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Feb 2018

Hello, any word on the campground/beaches reopening yet? We are planning a trip end of March, and wondering if we will be able to camp. Thank you!

Comment by Kari King on 21 Feb 2018

No, I don't think they do that. But it can't hurt to call them and ask.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Jun 2015

is there any way i can reserve a spot online or over the phone prier to my trip towards culebra

Comment by javier vazquez on 01 Jun 2015

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