And Getting Around...
There are two ways to get to Culebra; by small airplane or by ferry. Both have their pros & cons. Hopefully this section will provide enough information to assist you in making the best choice for you, your family and your budget. Sometimes guests will take the ferry one way and fly the other; both are beautiful ways to travel to Culebra. Of course, this information is subject to change at any time, without notice and we cannot assume responsibility.
There are 3 airports most frequently used for getting to/from Culebra (CPX). The planes are small 6-8 passenger planes due to the short runway in Culebra.
Flights out of San Juan International Airport (SJU) are the most expensive but also most convenient as they do not require additional transportation. Cape Air, Air Flamenco & Vieques Air Link all fly out of SJU. Isla Grande Airport (SIG) is a smaller, regional airport in San Juan; approximately a 15 minute taxi ride from the San Juan International Airport. Ceiba Airport (FAJ) is about 1 hour south east of San Juan, just 5 miles south of the Fajardo ferry dock. Only Air Flamenco & Vieques Air Link fly out of these two smaller airports. Round trip from SJU can be upwards of $180-240 depending on schedule. Flights from Isla Grande are usually in the $90-$160 range. Flights from Ceiba are usually around $80-$120 round trip.
It is best to book airline tickets well in advance. Be patient when calling … sometimes it takes many rings or several attempts to reach an agent. Even better, most days you can book online!
AIR FLAMENCO firstname.lastname@example.org
787-724-1105 Main Reservations
787-724-1818 Main Reservations
787-724-6464 Isla Grande
1-877-535-2636 Toll Free
VIEQUES AIR LINK email@example.com
508-771-6944 (OUTSIDE THE US & USVI)
You may be able to book direct/be ticketed directly through to Culebra when you book with one of their parters: American Airlines, JetBlue & United.
TAXI AEREO firstname.lastname@example.org
AIR MARGARITA email@example.com
AIR AMERICA firstname.lastname@example.org
M&N AVIATION email@example.com
877-622-5566 Toll Free
787-630-2662 Charter Sales Direct:
787-475-5075 Cargo Charters
787-791-7090 x 238 Office
The ferry dock is now located in Ceiba inside the old Roosevelt Road Military Base; (it used to be in Fajardo). Ceiba is on the east coast of the main island, about an hour south of San Juan (traffic permitting). You should arrive at least an hour in advance to purchase tickets, (many hours in advance during holiday periods). Ferry tickets can be bought in person once you are at the Ceiba Ferry Terminal. At times, a limited number of “Advance Sales” tickets for Passengers boats only can be purchased online at www.porferry.com. Daily schedules are also posted on this site. If you are also returning by ferry, purchase round trip tickets at this time. Most issues with the ferries occur during peak travel times — Christmas, Easter week, Presidents’ week, and in July and August. If you are arriving to Culebra by ferry, we ask that you call us once the ferry is leaving the terminal so we know if it’s on schedule and again as its docking in Culebra.
It is very difficult to obtain advance reservations on the cargo (vehicle) ferry and you should not plan to bring a rental car over from the main island as most car rental companies in Puerto Rico do not allow their vehicles to be taken on the ferry. It is recommended to park your rental car in Ceiba and rent another in Culebra. Please note that you can ride as a passenger on the Cargo ferries although space is much more limited and the ride will be longer (closer to 2 hours). Currently the cargo ferry docks at the DNRA dock about 2.5 miles outside of town. Taxis/Publicos are not permitted to wait there, so you will want to arrange for a pickup ahead of time, prior to your arrival.
The ferry ride on the passenger boats is about 45-90 minutes depending on the boat and the weather. The air conditioning inside is very cold (bring a jacket and/or blanket!). The passenger fare to/from Culebra is $2.50 per person each way. Passengers may also ride the cargo ferry for the same price; vehicle prices depend on the size of the vehicle. There are often delays and cancellations, so be prepared!
It is usually impossible to reach the Port Authority by phone, but the main number is (800) 981-2005 or 787-497-7740. The Culebra ticket office is (787) 742-3161.
Culebra is a small island but you will still need a rental car to enjoy it to the fullest, especially to get to the more beautiful and remote beaches. You should reserve your rental car as soon as (or even before!) you book your vacation home rental, as vehicles sell out well in advance for prime dates. Almost all the vehicles are SUVs, though some golf carts are also available. Prices range from $55-$85 per day, depending on the company, type and size of the vehicle. Remember to fill the gas tank in advance during busy times, as gas sells out sometimes too!
JERRYS JEEPS 787-512-9331 Jerry’s Jeeps has been sold to Target Car Rental. Sometimes their phones roll over to the mainland office, so just let them know that you need to book for Culebra. They had been offering a 10% discount to our clients, so be sure to ask if they’re still doing that!
CARLOS JEEP RENTAL 787-742-3514
You can always grab a Publico (Public taxi) and share a ride to/from your destinations. Publicos are available in Fajardo & Culebra. The major airports will have a taxi/publico line available for arrivals.
However, if you want a private trip or need to stick to a strict schedule, call for a Taxi. We highly recommend Luquillo Taxi. They are very professional, timely and fully bi-lingual. Book in advance online or over the phone.
LUQUILLO TAXI 787-513-7685 firstname.lastname@example.org