Culebra is a small Caribbean island off the east coast of Puerto Rico near the US Virgin Islands. It’s part of Puerto Rico (and therefore the USA) and still has an undiscovered feel that is hard to come by in the West Indies. I first visited Culebra for a few nights in April 2013, which was documented in some previous posts linked below:
We returned to Culebra in May 2014 for a longer stay. Thankfully not much had changed in the last 13 months.
Casa Yaboa and Jacinto - we stayed at the same cottage which had not changed a bit and the owner Jacinto once again picked us up from the small airport with same friendly local dog there wagging her tail, and once again took us to the Milka grocery store to get supplies before driving us to the cottage a few miles away. Jacinto also came back by the next morning to take us to pick up our Avis rental jeep and remained with us until we had it, which ended up being a two hour ordeal. (Tip: rent from Carlos or Jerry’s jeep rentals, even if more expensive than the corporate name brand). Jacinto is a great host and I’m glad we chose to stay at Casa Yaboa again. We also met Jacinto's wife Susie during a relaxing break from her restaurant and she is very fun to talk to.
|Common area at Casa Yaboa
|One of the views from Casa Yaboa
Flamenco Beach – Consistently named as one of the world’s best beaches, Playa Flamenco is Culebra's most famous asset and hence it is where the majority of the tourists and ferry riding day trippers congregate. (Secret – Tortuga beach on Culebrita is even nicer). We only went to Flamenco once this time and made a point of seeing the old rusty tank at the end of the beach which we had missed last time.
|Here I am posing for a pic at the tank on Flamenco Beach!
Hike to Brava Beach – Take the paved road that runs behind the museum until it ends at a gate. Walk through the gate in the same direction you were just driving. It’s a 22 minute walk down a well maintained trail (you actually feel like you are hiking). The trail leads to this awesome, huge, crescent beach with rough waves crashing on the shore. Do not attempt to swim here. Just enjoy being the only people on this beach as we did for the 2 hours we sat there under a makeshift lean to. Bring your own water and snacks. It was a 22 minute hike back up as well. I timed it!
|The trail to Brava Beach - very nice!
|Brava Beach - turtles nest here
|View of light house from afar
|Culebrita's abandoned light house up close!
|View of St. Thomas USVI from top of Culebrita lighthouse
|Walking trail on Culebrita to Tortuga Beach
|Standing on Tortuga Beach looking left
|Standing on Tortuga Beach looking right
|The "aero perro" once again there to wish us a safe trip home
As I mentioned above, 3 of the restaurants were (temporarily) closed the week we were there in May, but in addition to Dinghy Dock we ate at Heather's Pizza couple times - surprisingly good pizza and pasta. We also cooked some meals at the cottage. Had it been an option we would definitely have eaten at Susie's, and Mamacita's would have provided another waterside bar alternative. Barbara Rosa's didn't look open on the night we planned to eat there, although we did find a couple food carts such as Munchies and Tiki's Grill open for some inexpensive alternatives. That's part of Culebra's charm - you never quite know when or if a place will be open so you just have to go with the flow.