Isla Culebra Cruise Port
Port of Isla Culebra: An Overview
The island of Culebra -- the smallest of the Spanish Virgin Islands -- is just seven miles long and 3.5 miles wide and exudes an entirely different vibe than its popular neighbor, Puerto Rico, the commonwealth to which Culebra technically belongs. Some 2,000 people call this U.S. territory home and adore Culebra's quiet quirkiness.
People flock here in search of solitude, nature (birds and sea life) and beaches. In fact, those in the know commonly refer to Flamenco Beach as one of the world's best. But there are a number of gorgeous beaches on Culebra, with many affording privacy (sometimes you won't see another soul on the sand) and spectacular views.
Cayo Luis Pena, an islet that's part of the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, has plenty of tucked-away beaches that can be reached by rented kayaks. After you work up an appetite, enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants in Dewey, the island's "capital," such as Dinghy Dock (seafood), Mamacita's (burgers, sandwiches and fish) or Zaco's Tacos (incredible carnitas, beer-battered fish and tuna tacos).
Beaches: Beach enthusiasts consider Culebra's sandy stretches to be some of the most exquisite in the world, so carve out time to enjoy at least one of them. Horseshoe-shaped Flamenco Beach is the busiest on the island. It's got just about everything you'd want: spectacular soft white sand and shallow turquoise water that's perfect for bathing. The snorkeling can be good here as well. There are public bathrooms and chair/umbrella rentals. Locals sell food and drinks from kiosks.
Snorkeling: If you're looking to head underwater, you can walk to Melones Beach from Dewey. (Look for the unmarked road behind the church.) The beach is rocky and you've got to watch out for sea urchins, but you'll have the opportunity to see turtles and all manner of fish that enjoy the coral reef right offshore.
Views: Zoni Beach, a long, narrow strip of sand, lures those in search of spectacular views across to Culebrita, St. Thomas and St. Croix. If you time your visit right, you may even see the leatherback turtles that nest there. (Moms lay their eggs in May, and the babies hatch in July.)
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
Currency is the U.S. dollar. Local banks and ATMs are readily available in the town center, Dewey, as well as at the Colmado Costa del Sol grocery store near the airport.
The official language of Culebra is Spanish, but most residents also speak English.
--By Andrea M. Rotondo, Cruise Critic contributor
Isla Culebra: Star Legendsu-arizonaCulebra is another wonderful island. We rented a golf cart from Jerry's Jeep Rental and drove all over the island. We especially loved Zoni beach and Mamacita's restaurant, and it was great fun driving around in the golf cart. Jerry's Jeep is not ... Read more