You can always immerse yourself in the sparkling azure views and soothing breezes on peaceful Hilltop, but you might also want to enjoy the jewels among sights and activities around the rustic wilds of Culebra (many of which caught the eye of The New York Times!). Adventures are waiting for you to create them a few minutes away: you can dash in the surf, snorkel along rich coral reefs, sail with the Caribbean wind, curl your toes in world-class beaches in soul-rejuvenating sun, or dig up a good book that you didn't have room to pack... Here are a few of the pearls and a sampling of local, expert businesses to help you craft an unforgettable experience:
Beaches Flamenco – Culebra's crown jewel, Flamenco is the renowned, soft white sand beach that stretches for half a mile in turquoise cove, and routinely makes the lists of the top beaches in the world, as seen in the Huffington Post or here and here. Zoni – narrower with fewer visitors, but still has soft sand for a long walk; it's the perfect beach to catch a sunrise and see the islands of Cayo Norte and Isla Culebrita across the bay Brava – remote, usually deserted, but nice tan sand that is much more accessible by boat unless you like long hikes; swimming is not advised in the rough surf. Resaca – one of the the most difficult to reach, virtually requires a boat to get there, but big and beautiful (beware the undertow; swimming is risky!) Tamarindo – a mostly rocky beach for people who like to sit without sand getting everywhere, and a snorkeler's heaven! Carlos Rosario – a short (15-20 minute) hike from Flamenco's parking lot; soft tan sand with fantastic snorkeling on a spectacular reef Melones – a pebbly beach that features good swimming and snorkeling, and, oh yes, sunsets West Beach – narrow, beautiful sand, but requires a boat to reach; you may well see fantastic marine life, including turtles Tortuga – a long horseshoe around soft sand, and calm azure waters for a one-of-a-kind swim, but you'll have to get out to Isla Culebrita in the east to savor it!
Activities – Culebra enjoys a host of local businesses with all the local expertise you need to discover the right spot for your day's adventure!
Restaurants – Most eating establishments, but not all, are located in or near Culebra's main town of Dewey. Dinghy Dock (787)-742-0233 American, Puerto Rican Zaco's Tacos (787)-742-0243 Mexican with Caribbean touches Panaderia Pandeli (787)-742-3311 Bread, pastries, and breakfast, plus the best coffee on the island Mamacita's Restaurant and Bar (787)-742-0322 Mexican/Caribbean Susie's Restaurant (787)-340-7058 Tropical latitudes cuisine, mixing Asian and Caribbean Krusty Krab (787)-435-0671 Fresh local seafood. Seasonal Menu El Panino (787)-501-1441 Heather's Pizza (787)-742-3175
Vibra Verde (787)-909-4094 Caribbean, breakfast/lunch cafe Tiki's Grill (787) 742-0241 Breakfast, huge selection of Burger's for lunch
Grocery stores: If you prefer to cook in your Hilltop residence, not to worry! • The town of Dewey has a few small but well-stocked grocery stores include Colmado Milka, Marco's Grocery, Superette Mayra, and Supermercado Costa del Sol. • Baked goods: Culebra's one and only bakery, Panaderia Pandeli, is open early on most mornings. • For produce, check the produce stand around the corner from the ferry terminal, on Pedro Marquez Street.
Odds & Ends Culebra Museum of History (only open on weekends; admission is one dollar!) Culebrita Lighthouse (the building is closed and in need of renovation, but the views of the Caribbean and the surrounding cliffs are spectacular!) Culebra Public Library (built and maintained by volunteers, but is quite the gem if you have a book craving)