What you need to know when traveling to Culebra Island
Culebra is a small island in the Caribbean located 20 miles east of Puerto Rico. Politically, Culebra is part of the self governed commonwealth associated with the United States of America. There are two ways to reach this island. First, you can get a ferry from Fajardo for as little as $3 and then get to the town via public transport. Second, you can take a charter flight from all the airports in Puerto Rico. The flights are offered by Air America Caribbean in San Juan, Fajardo, Vieques, Isla Grande and Ceiba.
This is the main attraction of the island. This circle shaped beach with old rusted American tanks from WWII is quite popular among tourists. The water is very clear and allows you to do some snorkeling. There are some quite interesting reefs to admire on each side of the beach. You will see bioluminescent organisms in Culebra’s waters. The kids will love this.
You can actually bring a tent and sleeping bags to camp directly on the beach but you should know that it can get quite cold at night. The beach is windy after the sun sets. If you don’t like camping, you are welcome at the Culebra Beach Rental Vacation Villas. The complex is located directly on the beach and allows you to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the island. If you want to stay on the beach at night make sure to get some mosquitoes repellents.
A disadvantage of this beach is that it has few facilities. There are some showers to rinse only but they don’t always work. There also are some flush toilets but there are no lights outside the bathroom.
You can rent kayaks or small motorboats to visit the islets nearby. For example, Culebrita has some beautiful private beaches where you can lie with your friends and pretend the island is all yours. You can also do scuba diving in special parts of the island.
Bird and turtle watching
There are many species of birds on this island which makes it a perfect location for bird watchers. There are several sanctuary zones where birds thrive and you are allowed to see them in their natural habitat. As for turtle watching, this activity is done best during late spring and early summer when you can see a variety of turtle species. They return to the island to lay eggs and can therefore be observed by tourists. The island actually hosts the largest turtle species on Earth (the Leatherback Sea Turtle) but you can also see the Hawksbill and Green sea turtles at night. The Culebra National Wildlife refuge is the best place for bird and turtle watching. It was established in the 20th century by Teddy Roosevelt.
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