Isla Culebra – [ The Last Virgin ]


The first known inhabitants on Culebra were pre-Taino Indian (ca. 500 A.D.),In 1493 Christopher Columbus, became the first European  to touch the Islands of  Culebra, Puerto Rico, consisting of a chain of 23 islands. The Culebra Archipelago is a group of numerous islands and cays, located in the Caribbean Sea, part of the collective island group of the Caribbean region known as the West Indies, part of the Antilles Islands.

                                           Isla de Culebra  [kuˈleβɾa]  –  the main island 

Cayo Alcarraza                                       Cayo Raton                              Isla Culebrita                        Cayo Pirata     

Cayo Ballena                                             Cayo Pela                                  El Mono                                     Roca Speck

Cayo Botella                                             Cayo Sombrerito                 Cayo Lobito                            Roca Lavador

Cayo del Agua                                          Cayo Tiburon                        Las Hermanas                      Cayo Pelaita

Cayo de Luis Peña                                 Cayo Verde                              Piedra Stevens                      Cayos Geniqui  

Cayo Lobo                                                  Cayo Yerba                               Cayo Botijuela                      Los Gemelos

Cayo Matojo                                             Cayo Atuna                               Roca Culumna (part of Cayo Lobito)

Cayo Norte                                                El Ancon                                     Piedra del Norte (part of Culebrita)

 

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Isla Culebra  the Main Island is just off the coast of Puerto Rico and is located around 17.5 miles east of mainland, 16 miles west of St. Thomas and 6 miles north of Vieques.  Culebra is characterized by an irregular topography resulting in a long intricate shoreline filled with isolated sandy coves and virgin white beaches not easily accessible, yet all guaranteed to delight the escapist in you with pristine aquamarine waters. Many areas are nesting sites for sea turtles, and offer excellent snorkeling just offshore, where the water is rife with unspoiled coral reefs and marine life. The coast has cliff, sandy, coral, and rock beaches that are framed beautifully by arid tree-covered hills.  Sea grape fields, or Mangrove forests. The highest point on Culebra is Mt. Reseca 650 ft.  (198 m) and 80% of the island’s area is volcanic rock from the Cretaceous period. Facing east is Culebra’s largest harbor named Ensenada Honda.

The vast number of sandy beaches most of which open onto a crescent-shaped bays edged by sea grapes, palm trees, and hills that comprise a part-like forest of cupey and jaguey trees with their impressive stilt roots. The vast amount of boulders support orchids, bromeliads, anthuriums and the endemic Peperomia wheeleri; the thorn thickets, palm forest types and cactus scrub associations support diverse bird and reptile species.

Culebra’s 23 island structure contains areas that are enveloped by a barrier coral reef system which protect many of the crystal-clear crescent-shaped lagoons from the often rougher Atlantic northern waters. Some of these bays have vast amount of long sandbars which means shallow water stretches a long way offshore. There’s more of a surf to the northern areas, which is a popular spot for surfing, boogie boarding, and body surfing. The waves are well formed but never too big, which makes it a perfect spot to learn to surf. Other northern beaches offer the more seasoned boarder challenges in world class portions.

Beach Listing of Culebra

Flamenco Beach often ranked # 2 in the top 10 most exotic beaches in the world

Playa Carlos Rosario [ Beach ]……….……………….……………..….Playa de Cascajo [ Beach ]

Playa Brava [ Beach ]……………….…..……………………………….…..Playa Las Vacas [ Beach ]

Playa Larga [ Beach ]……………….…..……………..……………………..Playa Pueblo Español

Playa Punta Soldado [ Beach ]…..…..……………………………….…..Playa Resaca [ Beach ]

Playa Tamarindo [ Beach ]…………….…………………………………..Playa Tortuga [ Beach ]

Playa Zoni [ Beach ]…………………………………………………….……..Playa Melones [ Beach ]

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