A crescent shaped bay, white sand, bright turquoise water, Caribbean blue skies, and a palm lined shore Flamenco Beach is what many would consider paradise. Continuously named one of the best beaches in the world, Flamenco Beach, Culebra should be at the top of any beach goers list.
Keep reading this post to find out how to get to Flamenco Beach, Culebra for free and away from the crowds! The island is located approximately 17 miles east of main land Puerto Rico and is accessible by passenger ferry or chartered plane.
Culebra is part of the US territory of Puerto Rico, has more of an island vibe than the main land. Visiting Culebra would be the perfect addition to your beach holiday on Puerto Rico. Read my guides to Old San Juan and Rincón to complete your trip!
Getting to Culebra
Culebra is a small island at only 11 square miles and is reachable by ferry or propeller plane from Cieba, Puerto Rico. You can buy ferry tickets ($2.25 each way) at Porferry.com and the ride is under an hour or you can buy a ticket with Air Flamenco for a 15 min flight. ($45 one way)
Pro Tip: be weary if only the cargo ferries are running to the island. This means that the seas are rough. Unaware of this, we were cramped into a tiny cabin in the front of the cargo ferry and over half of the passengers were sea sick (including myself!)
Once on the island of Culebra you’ll definitely want to rent a golf cart or Jeep from Jerry’s or Carlos’. We rented a 6 person golf cart and riding around was half the fun and experience when exploring Culebra!
How to Get to Flamenco Beach for Free & with No Crowds
If you want to experience this amazing beach with no one else around, you’re in the right place. When you are driving on PR 251 towards Flamenco Beach there will be a dirt road on the right side of the road at mile marker 1.6k. This is where you will want to turn off! If you’ve come to the sign for Flamenco Beach and Villa Flamenco Beach, turn around you have gone too far.
When looking at Google Maps, don’t go towards Flamenco Beach Parking Area. You are going to want to go around Laguna del Flamenco on the opposite side of the parking. It is a dirt road and will be muddy and full of puddles if it has rained recently (this is honestly half the fun though!) It is about a ten minute drive and there are seven parking spots at the end. We came mid week so there was no issue with parking but if you are arriving on a weekend day I would try to come early!
Yay! You have arrived!
I recommend packing a picnic for an epic beach day. There are stalls at the opposite end of the beach though if you need them. Bring your snorkel gear, beach games, and camera – you are going to want to stay all day!
After a day at the beach, watch the sun set at Melones Beach and then head to the Dinghy Dock for pain killers (the drink!) and a classic Puerto Rican meal. After dinner drinks can be had at The Spot just down the road.
Where to Stay on Culebra
When traveling on a budget I always love to find a great Air Bnb where we will be comfortable during our stay. Linked here is the place we rented. The Costa Bonita Villas seemed to be a popular place to stay with a pool. Club Seabourne is the only boutique hotel on the island!
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- Bring your own snorkel gear! There is a great spot to snorkel just to the right (or they rent equipment near the parking lot)
- Walking the whole length of Flamenco will take you about 20-30 minutes each way!
- Don’t even try to bring your rental car. Cargo ferry space is reserved for locals and truck deliveries. If you’re lucky enough to get your rental car on you may not be so lucky on the way back!
- Recommended time on Culebra: 2-4 days
Headed to Puerto Rico? Don’t forget to include Old San Juan and/or the surf town of Rincon in your vacation plans!
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