Culebra island

Known for its white-sand beaches, Culebra is one of the major attractions in Puerto Rico. If you are looking for hiking, beach hoping, or just some quiet time, then this the place for you.

Located 20 miles from Fajardo, on the east side of Puerto Rico, it can be reached by boat from Fajardo (Ferry schedule). This small island of about 10 square miles is bustling with marine life, and makes for great diving, snorkeling or casual beach going.

Flamenco beach is truly one of the best beaches in the world; its soft white sand and turquoise water waves, and the green hills makes it a stunning place to relax. This beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and simply relaxing or snapping photos.

Other beaches worth visiting include Playa Carlos Rosario and Playa Tamarindo. Surrounded by beautiful barrier reefs, these are among Puerto Rico’s best snorkeling areas.

While in Culebra, one can also reach the uninhabited island of Isla Culebrita water-taxi from the east coast. A great spot to see is yet another famous beach Playa Tortuga.

Until 1975, there was a Naval base in Culebra. The iconic tank (pictured above) located on the west of the beach side, is evidence of that.