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“Overrated and boring...”

Ranked #280 of 612 things to do in Puerto Rico
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Owner description: Much of the land area on the island of Culebra and the outlying islands is designated as a wildlife reserve, which is designed to protect important seabird colonies and turtle-nesting sites in Puerto Rico.
Reviewed 14 April 2012

I live in Canada, but l'm from Mexico, so l need sun once in a while, l thought about going to the Caribbean since l've been to mexico many times, l chose puerto rico because l heard it was the best place according to facebook and pictures online, l heard about Culebra and the pictures looked fantastic, just what l needed... The reality is totally different, all l wanted was white sand and turquoise water, l only found about a mile of that in Culebra at flamenco beach, crowded and you can't even swim in there, the water current is so strong it's dangerous, we visited other beaches like melones and tamarindo they are quiet because they are full of rocks, the snorkeling is amazing at melones and tamarindo l have to say, but dangerous, first of all the fact that the US army used to bomb culebra for target practices is scary enough, there's a warning at melones beach saying you have to be careful not to remove anything from the floor because of that reason, l just pictured myself flying in 10000 pieces finding a grenade on the floor, then it's super deep withing a few feet from the shore, and the water current is so damn strong there were times where l was swimming and l couldn't move at all. Then after sunset the island was so death locals told me it was dangerous and people do a lot of drugs there no wonder why the ferry had sniffing dogs everywhere, also all business "open sometimes, and some others are closed" the food is bad, l went to a lot of restaurants and it was frozen food defrosted with no seasoning... there's 2 super markets closed to the ferry, lucky if you found them open, it's expensive, I think if you idea is to rest in a tropical beach, go somewhere else, l heard vieques is about the same. And the beaches in San Juan are ugly....

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Reviewed 24 March 2012

We took a ferry from Fajardo to get to this place. We went to Flamenco beach as we saw that it was recommended. This is one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. No high rises, not even little buildings in sight when you're on the beach. It's just gorgeous, SOme parts have huge waves and others a perfectly calm for swimming,

3  Thank katie0225
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

We decided to take a day out of our week in Puerto Rico to go to Culebra. We had heard about the beautiful beaches... Well, we first thought we would take the boat, the weather had been fine, but then talking to several people we heard that though the boat/ferry fee is minimal it's a 2 hour ride where many people spend the ride sick and throwing up... (heard this from 3 independent parties!!) So we investigated and discovered that, although costly, we could fly in a small plane. FANTASTICO! Flamenco Airlines was just perfect. a 6-seater, gorgeous views for the 10 minute flight from Farjado with no vomit. A quick ride to town and lunch at Mamacitas... great food... then to Flamenco Beach.. beautiful.. Caught the 4:30 plane back to Farjado...
so, if you have the time, and love beautiful practically private beaches and adorable little towns, take the flight to Culebra. Some people we met were even staying over at the local hotels and perhaps even camping..

3  Thank rbwriter
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

Read all before you go!!!! July 2011: Culebra, Puerto Rico is considered by many people to have 1 of the top 10 beaches to visit, "Flamenco Beach". Believe it or not, I visited Culebra and found that Flamenco Beach is a beautiful beach, but I am NOT going to talk about it. I am going to talk about Tamarindo Grande Beach (AKA Carlos Rosario Beach), located at a 20 min hike away from Flamenco beach. Tamarindo Grande water is so clear and clean that sea life just jump at you. We were able to see all kinds of fish, sea plants, coral (just coming out of the water). If you want to have a photoshoot, this is a great place for it.
1st: How to get there? There is a Ferry ($4.50) that will take about 1 hour and 30 min. Buy the tickets in advance since the odds of getting there to buy it are really slim (or contact a local to help you get tickets;-) ). My fiance got a bit sea sick, but we were fine. Also you can fly there, Air Flamenco $105 round trip.
2nd: Get a bus/van (about $3 per person) to Flamenco Beach.
3rd: From Flamenco beach head West 20 min, through a small path. Be aware that you will see a sign that warns you about going through the path (stay on the path, and you will be fine, locals use it all the time).

What to bring? There are NO vendors "at Tamarindo Grande"(Flamenco beach does has vendors), so if you are planning a hole day:
1) Water or any liquids (alcohol is allowed at the beach), sealed tight food (ants feel the need to crash your party)
2) Please, please bring a trash bag/container or anything to keep this hidden place clean.
3) Water shoes (sea urchins and sharp rocks at the beach)
4) Water proof camera (just walk 15' towards the water and you will see all types of sea life)
5) Snorkeling gear
6) A bit more than just your phone camera (breath taking blue water)

We could not believe that we had this area just for the 2 of us... Just a family came for just 15 min.

I recommend to stay overnight, but a full day will do. (Plan ahead to buy round trip tickets, remember is hard to get them).
Also, visit the vendors on the way back to Flamenco beach, and try Shark meat.... Oooohhh so good, and of course cold coconut water.

This is just a day on an 8 day vacation to Puerto Rico... We also loved el Yunque, Vieques, Ponce, Humacao, The Old San Juan, Rio Grande (Grand Melia), and we ended up wanting more... we will come back to Puerto Rico and Culebra!

5  Thank Excalibur_angel
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Reviewed 25 November 2008

Dear Molly, Jerry, Ignasio and sandy and Cana and the cat

Last week we left from Bradley and took a connectiing flight from North Carolina To Puerto Rico. When we arrived on San juan we got in a rental car and drove an hour to the ferry. After we shopped for swim suits and trunk we we so excited that we forgot all the other things like sunblock, sandals and the electronics at walmart in the shopping cart in the parking lot. we arrived at culebra at 830 and Molly picked us up and drove us to Casita Tropical. Then we went to bed. The next day we got breakffast at a very interestin gplace iwth chickens and dogs running around and then went to Playa Flamengo to buggie board in almost 20 foot seas. then we went to a secret beach through the woods with butterlies and hermit crabs and we snorkled. james saw a nurse shark.

For lunch we had the best chicken scewers and pork and shark sticks at the beach and coffe con lache. Then we wnet back to Casita Tropical and we fell asleep. At night we went for Mamacitas for dinner. It was really good after dinner we walked back to Molly's it took a long time.

The third day Jerry took us dock fishing on his cool rubbber boat with Sandy the water dog and we had carribean hot dogs at the dock. james caught a discus or angel fish. we also had fresh pasion fruit juice and fresh coconut from across the street from julian. julian was very nice and had a very cute dog. he climbs the trees himself and gets all the fruits for the juice he makes. he also dives for his own con shells. julain fell out of a tree before and had heart surgery but is in great shape for being 80 years old. we went lizzard hunting and looking for iguanas. then we went to flamengo again and buggue boarded all day. we watched movies in the afternoon. for dinner we went to susies with jerry and we had lobster pasta. we saw large puffer fish and tarppons behind our table and james took pictures of fish eating bats.

we walked a lot and we put on sunblock a lot. and we walked. we also drove in jerrys van with the door open. that was very cool. we saw chickens running across the airport runways and horses wandering around. jerry said he has not seen any smart cars yet but a lot of stupid cars and that when you lick a big toad on the island you go crazy.

the last day we were on culebra we went fishing on jerrys boat the green iguana with jerry and ignasio and his dog canah. ignasio has been sailing for 41 years. the winds were 35 knots and the sailboat went on the side we almost slid to the other side. it was great. james caught a baracuda with nasty teeth and a huge king fish. we saw a great rainbow and the coast guard ship left when the wind got stronger. jeery and igansio are great sailors. after molly made the fish and we ate it with jerry and ignasion and sandy and canah. we went to the ferry. ignasio also showed us how to open a coconut with a very large machete. on the ferry we got a little seasick and fell asleep. we arrived at the hotel with a casino and 4 restautants a beach a pool and a game room. it was very fun but not as much as culebra. we hope we can visit soon again.

thank you very much for the good times

we will send you all the pictures soon. we are now going to san juan and then to the airport.

hanna and james.

2  Thank HannaJames
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