Culebrita



A trip to Culebrita just appears to fit naturally with visiting Culebra Island, especially if you are planning on snorkeling. You can get to the island inexpensively by water taxi. Passengers disembark on the west pier.

This island is a part of the protected wildlife refuge; it is open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. An abundance of coral reefs populate much of the island making it a tremendous snorkeling destination. From the pier, hike up the marked trail for about ten minutes and you'll arrive at Bahia Tortuga, by far the largest and best of the island's six beaches.

Consider your visit incomplete until you visit the lighthouse. It is about a twenty minute hike up a different trail from the pier. A shadow of its original construction due to neglect, there is a concerted effort underway to restore it to a semblance of its old glory. Best to visit during week days when the crowd is sparse and private boats are not as much of a nuisance as they occasionally are on weekends and holidays.

You'll need to bring your sunscreen and snacks as there are no facilities here. An added attraction are the sea turtles that use the island as a nesting ground and are seen swimming frequently along the reefs near the shoreline.


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