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Culebra is a small Caribbean island, mostly covered in nature preserve that lies about 20 miles east of Puerto Rico. Culebra is part of the self governed commonwealth associated with the USA.
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- Flamenco Beach is quite outstanding, and unlike the other beaches in Vieques and Culebra, popular enough to attract a real crowd. The beach is in a calm cove and stretches into a circle of nearly a mile in length, and a few rusted-out U.S. Army tanks silently watch over the beach. The water is clear, shallow, and calm, and the waves are small. Reefs exist on each side of the beach and are very easy to access directly off the beach if you have snorkeling equipment with you, and other snorkeling beaches can be accessible by taking the (safe) path through the old army minefield. The reefs are not world class but they are interesting enough for amateur snorkelers. Facilities at the beach are few. Showers run sporadically and there are flush toilets, but no lights other than in the bathroom. Fresh water is freely available. Bring a cooler with plenty of snacks and drinks, plus towels or beach chairs if you can. Campers should be warned that it gets surprisingly windy and chilly at night. Bug spray is recommended. Bring a tent and sleeping bags, and, if you have one, bring a hammock to string between two trees for a night under the stars.
- The Culebra National Wildlife Refuge,. established by Teddy Roosevelt in the early years of the 20th century, offers pristine environments for bird and turtle watching in several locations on and around the main island.
- Bioluminescent Organisms: While the neighboring island of Vieques may provide a more reliable source, Culebra’s waters do contain bioluminescent organisms. Talking to the locals and heeding their advice should maximize one’s chances of witnessing the phenomenon and kayak rentals are available on the island to bring more mobility to your maritime search in the darkness.
- Snorkeling: Shallow reefs are plentiful around Culebra. However, in recent years warmer water has killed off much of the once vibrant coral surrounding the island. Yet, the live patches of coral that remain and the schools of colorful fish surrounding them are spectacular. Combine these traits with amazing underwater visibility, up to 15-20 feet depending on the weather, and it makes for a fun snorkeling experience for both beginners and experts.
- Scuba Diving: The best reason to visit Culebra. Though the shallow reefs have been hit hard by warmer waters, deep sea coral is still thriving. At depths ranging from 20-60 feet these coral formations are spectacular to swim in and around. Sea life is abundant and variable. Visibility is superb and easily ranges up to 60 feet when off shore. Dive masters are knowledgeable, experienced and patient. All of these aspects combined with phenomenal pricing and Culebra becomes one of the most cost-effective places to scuba dive.
- Rent a jeep and visit the beaches. Carlos Jeep Rental  has a wide variety of Cars and jeeps.
- Rent a small motorboat ($150-$200/day) and visit the nearby islets such as Culebrita with even more private beaches.
- Camp on Flamenco Beach and just relax. Call (787) 742-0700 for more information on Camping
- Capt. Bill Browneller, ☎ 805 452-3587. 9 to 5. Charters whis 37 foot trimaran to Culebrita, Tamarindo and Luis Pena for a day of snorkeling and sailing. Hot lunch is prepared and water and ice with snacks through the day. A full day on the water. $125/person.
- Bird Watching: Hosting a wide variety of sea bird species, Culebra makes for excellent bird watching (especially in its numerous sanctuary zones).
- Turtle Watching: During the late spring and early summer Culebra hosts a variety of sea turtle species. Returning to the island to lay their eggs, Hawksbill, Leatherback, and Green sea turtles can be observed by beachgoers in the dark of night so long as their direct nesting sites are left undisturbed. The local Department of Natural Resources takes groups of volunteers to survey the turtles on occasion and the agency is your best bet to both find and respectfully interact with the largest sea turtle species on Earth (the aforementioned Leatherback Sea Turtle).
There are several small restaurants on the island as well as small hotels which have restaurants. Reservations are recommended if you plan on going to a hotel restaurant.
- Mamacitas Hotel and Restaurant (besides offering accommodation). Has a restaurant and a tropical bar on the canal. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all great menus, although a little bit pricier than other local fare.
- Dinghy Dock. Has a wonderful atmosphere and a good ment with a regular crowd of ex-pats. It's name is literal as people dock their dinghys and hop up for a table. If you head down when the chef gets in at about four thirty, you can help him feed the Tarpon fish that swim around the dock waiting for table scraps.
- Juanita Bananas. Has Island Cuisine with fresh vegetables, local seafood and top quality meats. Open Friday through Monday for Dinner. Spectacular Sunset views from outside terrace.
- Susie's. Makes delicious fish and meat dishes in a casual and elegant environment,Indoor and outdoor facilities next to the canal.Chef Susie specializes in Tropical latitudes cuisine mixing Puertorrican food with Asian and Indian nuances.Full bar and wine selection available. Popular with older expats and locals.
- Colmado Milka, a reasonably priced grocery store with recognizable American brands and native foods. Open daily but only in the morning on Sundays.
- Superette Mayra is a small jam-packed grocery store that has it all, including sundries such as cooking pots, supplies for diabetics, reading glasses, cheap coffee machines, beach toys, plastic flower pots, sewing needles. Closed Sundays and during siesta time 1-3 pm.
- El Eden, up the road from Colmada Milka. A sandwich and liquor shop, this restaurant comes particularly recommended, and provides a taste of America if island food grows tiring. Also has a bar and gift shop. Open daily.
Several food vendors hawk their wares daily at the entrance to Flamenco Beach. The grilled meat-on-a-stick is both delicious and cheap. Lots of bottled water and other cold drinks from vendors with ice chests.
- Barbara Rosa's Restaurant, 95 Calle Escudero (near Airport,along the main road heading west out of Dewey), ☎ 787-397-1923. Th-M 5PM-9PM. There is no waiter service. That is how it is here: you drive up, grab an open seat. Offers homemade crab soup, fish n’ chips, lump-meat blue crab cakes, and shark nuggets (a local favorite). The food is cheap and tasty, and your host is charming. Bring your own beer, wine or favorite mix.
Mamacita's bar and restaurant, , in the heart of the town is popular but quite pricey. El Eden's laid back decor may fool you but make no mistake, this is a 5 star restaurant worthy of NYC. The lobster risotto is to die for! They serve dinner only 3 nights per week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) but you absolutely must experience it. From the gnocchi with pesto, fresh eggplant lasagna and swordfish dinner to the prime rib, there is something for everyone. They have a great brunch on Sundays and delicious sandwiches made with fresh bread every day (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) this place should not be missed. They do accept reservations and it is advisable during the busy season. 787-742-0509 The Chinese restaurant in town sells some liquor, but the proprietor speaks no English and only some Spanish, so good luck there.
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