A Snapshot of Culebra
Culebra is the best kept secret in the Caribbean. The beaches are clean and usually mostly deserted. People are friendly and gracious. All you need to bring is a bathing suit and a good book. The epitome of “Island Time”, the pace is slow, the water is warm, the sand like powder. Currency is in U.S. dollars. Both English and Spanish are spoken almost everywhere. Culebra is a U.S. Territory (No Passport Required for US Citizens), about 17 miles east of Puerto Rico and 12 miles west of St. Thomas. At only 7 miles long by 4 miles wide, it is the smallest of the Spanish Virgin Islands.
This sleepy unspoiled island has only about 2000 residents. Culebra is where you come to relax and unplug from the rest of the world. It is perfect for the beach lover, hiker, photographer, naturalist, adventurer, and dreamer. Your main goal while here should be to relax at the beach, explore the island in a rented jeep or golf cart and never miss a happy hour with new friends at one of our restaurants or cafes.
The dozen or so restaurants are all casual and offer a wide range of cuisine. There’s not much nightlife except occasional live music at one of the local bars or perhaps a full-moon stroll on Flamenco Beach. As far as shopping, we have a few small stores offering a variety of handmade jewelry, crafts and work by local artists as well as a wide variety of Culebra souvenirs and keepsakes.
Snorkeling and scuba diving around Culebra are outstanding. Hard and soft corals abound in the shallower waters and magnificent reefs encircle the island. Tropical fish and other sea life are plentiful and endlessly fascinating. Underwater visibility is usually excellent. The Culebra National Wildlife Refuge covers over 1500 acres of the island and surrounding cays, and is diligently protected as a nesting area for many varieties of seabirds, lizards and endangered species, including brown pelicans, and leatherback and hawksbill turtles.