My hubby & I visited Culebra over July 4th weekend. WE LOVED IT!
METHOD OF TRANSPORT: Air Flamenco
We flew Air Flamenco from San Juan’s Isla Grande airport. We had booked our flight a month in advance. Our Air Flamenco aircraft was a 6-passenger plane, FUN! Check in 45 minutes before your flight.
We rented a scooter at the airport for $40/day & found the roads to be safe, and pretty smooth. We even carried our carry-on sized luggage back to the airport on the scooter! It's a much better alternative to relying on taxis, which was $5/person to town. Renting a bike $20/day, jeep $60/day.
HOTEL: Tamarindo Estates
Tamarindo Estates was wonderful. Luis, who checked us in was very friendly & thorough, making sure we knew all about the property & and anything we wanted to know about the island. Our 1 bedroom cottage #104 was $140/night. It had a deck with table/chairs, fully equipped kitchen, a couch, bedroom & super clean bathroom. Actually everything was super clean! Just the bedroom was air-conditioned, which is fine for me because I hate air-conditioning. There was a nice looking pool at the hotel, but we didn’t use it. It would be good for a family with kids.
FOOD: El Coabo & Mamacitas
El Coabo - this is the place for local food. If you want to go there, I can tell you the way we were told. Drive out of Dewey town toward the airport. Turn left on the residential street between the new yellow school & a playground. It’s in a bright blue-green house-looking establishment with colored lights outside. I'd double check with a local before trying to find it. The food was excellent & the Piña Coladas are strong! We prefered this place because it was local & the real deal.
Mamacitas - caters to tourists & offers excellent food at tourist prices. It has a nice location on the water & vacationy "I'm on an Island" atmosphere.
BEACHES: Flamenco & Carlos Rosario
Even though it was a holiday weekend, the beach was not super annoyingly crowded. Nothing even close to how the Jersey shore gets in the summer where your beach blanket is like inches away from your neighbors’.
Flamenco was stunning! Water = swimming pool blue! Snorkeling was ok, because the corals are kind of damaged. We actually saw 2 guys walking over them. I’m hoping they were wearing or their feet must have turned into sea urchin pin cushions. We did see a lot of juvenile fish, huge schools of minnows in the shallows & as we swam father out by the white buoy, we saw a sea turtle, a 4-foot long barracuda & schools of Blue Tang.
Carlos Rosario was a 15-20 minute walk from Flamenco’s parking lot. Bring your own provisions as there are none at this beach. Hike up and over a hill to get to the beautiful secluded beach, which is tree-lined, a bit pebbley, and just gorgeous! Not a lot of people. Snorkeling way better here! Better reef than Flamenco with Fan Corals, Parrotfish, schools of Blue Tang, French Angelfish, Damselfish, Gobies, Trumpetfish, etc.
EATING AT FLAMENCO BEACH: local food
You can bring your own cooler of food/bevs (no glass) to the beach or you can eat at the vendors grilling up goodies near the parking lot. There was lots to try, but we only got to sample a few: the grilled chicken on a skewer, swordfish & tostones, white rice – YUM! I want some now!
Enjoy! It’s the perfect place to swim, read, relax & eat.