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Top 20 Things To Do on Culebra


Culebra Island is as laid-back as any place in Puerto Rico can be. This little island east of the big island of Puerto Rico offers naturally beautiful beaches, and a relaxed feel that many people love. It has a real Caribbean island feel to it.

Culebra offers white sand beaches, crystal clear blue water, healthy reefs teaming with sea life, and a tropical breeze that keeps you cool as you are watching the amazing sunsets.

But I don’t think that Culebra is for everyone. Even the title of this article runs contrary to the Culebra state-of-mind. Culebra may not be for you if you are the type of person who needs a to-do list to plan your tropical island get-away!


You go there to relax and chill out. If you want 5-star resorts, casinos, a selection of gourmet restaurants, and high end shopping … then Culebra is not for you.

Culebra has basic accommodations, casual dining, and just a few basic-needs stores. And everything is laid back — businesses open and close with the comings and goings of the ferry … or when the mood strikes them.

If you are ready for this type of relaxed, basic vacation on a beautiful island, then you should look into spending some time on Culebra.

Our Culebra Top 20 List

If you’ve read more than a handful of articles in our blog, you’ll realize that we are not the type of people that can lie on the beach all day and read a book. Even so, we find Culebra to be very appealing. After some (short) beach time, we have been able to find just the right amount of active things to provide the perfect balance for a short trip.

Find a Beach — I think that Flamenco Beach and Zoni Beach have the best sand and views. Spend some time on the beach sun bathing, reading a book, sleeping, enjoying a beverage, listening to the waves, or day dreaming. If you are feeling energetic, you can always go for a swim in the water, or for a walk on the beach.


Snorkel or SCUBA dive — The west coast beaches surround the large Luis Peña Marine Reserve, with lots of healthy coral and marine life. Bring your own, or rent, snorkel gear and explore beneath the waves. If you’re carrying a SCUBA C-card, go for a dive with Taz at Aquatic Adventures or Culebra Divers.

Take a Hike — While there are not a lot of hiking trails on Culebra, there are some. There are some on Culebrita, too. Or take a long walk on a beach and count sea turtle nests.

Go Bird-watching — You will see mostly shore birds, but there are also a number of other native and migratory birds on the island.

Go Kayaking — Take a kayak into the bays or around the mangroves. These are excellent places to bird watch. You can rent kayaks from the Culebra Bike Shop. Or take a snorkel/kayak tour with Kayaking Puerto Rico or Culebra Island Adventures.


Drive Around & Go Sightseeing — Rent a car, jeep, or golf cart and drive around the island. Stop in at the Museum of Culebra. The museum has archaeological material from ancient pre-Columbian peoples, remnants from the US Navy, old maps, pictures, and information about Culebra’s history. It’s open Friday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm (that or thereabout). Call them at 787-742-3832 to see if they’re open.

Bike Around the Island — Though people may go off-road for fun, I think you would have to stay on the roads to avoid popping your tires all the thorny trees and bushes that you’ll find off-road. This is for people who are into biking and are physically fit. Though the island is small, it is hot!

Go Out on the Water (via sail or motorized) — Hire a captain and go sailing, boating, or fishing for the day. Look up Pez Vela, Captain Dan, Snorkel SVI for charters. Or just take a water taxi to an out-island. KPR Adventure Shop also rents the underwater propeller scooter, to really zoom you through the water.

Take a Yoga Class — Ask the place where you’re staying for a recommendation.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry — and repeat as necessary. Find a bar and/or restaurant and enjoy a cool drink and a yummy meal. Bushwackers are a local favorite drink. Bet you can’t have just one!


Find Some Nightlife — Watch the sunset (at the ferry dock in town, or any of the beaches facing west like Melones or Tamarindo), star gaze (though some beaches are closed after dark during turtle nesting season). Dinghy Dock sometimes has live music and a karaoke night ….. Most places close by about 10pm, but The Spot may be open late on weekends. For early birds, consider catching a movie at the Cine Culebra by the library.

Shop for Souvenirs — There are a few stores in, or near, town. We found some nice locally made artwork, crafts and jewelry.

Get a Massage — Ask the place where you’re staying for a recommendation.

Take a Jet Ski Tour — Look for signs, or ask the place where you’re staying for a recommendation.


Go Out on the Water (non-motorized) — Go sailboarding, kiteboarding, surfing, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on your own or take a lesson.

Feed the Fish — Feed the tarpon at the Dinghy Dock and Mamacita’s restaurants.

Chillax — That’s what Culebra is all about!

And that’s our Top 20 list. Now, if you’re the type of person who noticed that there are not 20 items on that list … or if you just went back and counted the items on the list … then maybe, just maybe, Culebra is not the right place for you to spend more than 1 day!

Details (or lack thereof)

Usually, we provide more specific info about things to do and activity operators. The problem with doing that is that things on the small islands change so frequently. Businesses come. Businesses go. Someone who is running tours today might not be there tomorrow.

It is probably best not to plan your trip around a specific tour or operator. It’s better to wait to get current information right before, or during, your trip. Once you are on the island, you will see all sorts of signs for local companies/tours/businesses posted on telephone poles. Or just ask a local at any restaurant, store, beach, or the place you are staying. It’s a small island. They either know someone who offers what you want, or know someone who knows.

We are in the process of updating the maps we use on our web site. While we're working on that, you can click on the GPS coordinates below to view the location on Google Maps ... assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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It’s beautiful, relaxing and as you said not for everyone. For me it was like a piece of paradise.

Comment by Sonia Torres on 21 Aug 2019

What?! Wow. So Culebra was not for you. I hope you have found an island that appeals to you more, one that doesn't get clouds.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Mar 2019

I was there for a week a few years ago and was disappointed. It was described as "The Gem of The Caribbean." Why it is NOT a gem IMO: 1. The US Navy used it routinely for bombing practice a while back. 2. Most of the Island is fenced off by high chain link to keep you from blowing yourself up. So you cannot hike or walk anywhere but along the beaches, because there are still so many unexploded bombs buried in the earth! 3.There is a derelict Army tank on the beach. 4. Some of the people--especially the men-- are surly and unhelpful. I don't think they like Americans...who can blame them! 5. Watch where you sit--they paint the benches and don't put a sign on them. I ruined a brand new pair of expensive pants that way. No recompense. 6. There are small scorpions that like going into tents on the beach. 7. The mainland Puerto Rican folks love to come out to the island to camp and to party LOUD all night on the weekends. You'd better be prepared to do the same. 8. There are many feral cats...and I DO mean many. They are friendly and jumped up in my lap as I swung in a hammock--which I liked-- until I noticed she had several open superating abscesses on her body! Most are really sickly. 9. I went in March and it was not as warm as I was hoping. But I could get into the water. 10. The sky is usually partly cloudy with floating islands of puffs, which makes getting a tan --or even warm--a bit iffy. on the other side: 1.There is one fenced-in path that crosses the island so you can visit the beaches on the other side. 2. The fish there are beautiful and amazingly curious and friendly. 3. Nature and Mother Earth there IS trying to recover and is succeeding slowly (from the US Navy brutality.) 4. The palms, the trees, the pale sand and the sapphire blue waters are to die for. 5. There are some good artists there--and interesting ex-pats. 6. There are some good restaurants. One is on a dock partially over the water and huge fish that coast around and under it looking for snacks. 7. The nightlife of music and dancing in quaint bars was very fun.

Comment by Brenda H. Nelson on 08 Mar 2019

I have no idea. Your best bet would be to try someone over on Culebra. Maybe the tourism office, or the mayor's office. They might have a better idea. I did a google search- Culebra Tourist Information: 787-742-3291

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Jun 2015

There is a bar in town that is near the dock area owned by an individual from New York. It was for sale 1 year ago is it still for sale or could you put me I touch with the current owner. Mark

Comment by Mark margeson on 31 May 2015

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