Flamenco Beach is as pretty as a postcard. This idyllic location is on the north side of Culebra , adjacent to the Wildlife ... More
Flamenco Beach is as pretty as a postcard. This idyllic location is on the north side of Culebra , adjacent to the Wildlife Refuge. This stretch of coastline has one solitary hotel and very few tourists. If snorkeling is more to your liking, travel further north to Luna Pena Beach, another Culebra Beach. But if true seclusion is what you are seeking, the remote beach of Playa Resaca should be selected. The trek is a little cumbersome, but the beautiful scenery and wildlife are definitely worth the effort.
First of all there is a new operation taking the ferry service. The boat is clean, well run and you will save a lot of money by not flying. The ferry service previously left a lot to be desired but now it is fantastic. The crew had us excited about our destination.
We enjoyed clean accommodations, friendly people fantastic swimming and snorkeling and an all around great time.
I would come back again.
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVEEEEEEEEEEED it me and my friends after HS Graduation WOOW.... We camped in Culebra and it was awesome... Make sure you fall asleep looking to the stars... perfect smmoth grain sand clear blue waters and incredibly calm.... Bit of a hassle to get water and to shower but my greatest and best vacation so far..... GO!!!
Culebra Island (and its beaches- among them- Flamenco and Carlos Rosario) is by far the most affordable and spectacular tropical place in the Caribbean. But cheap is one thing and miserable is another. My recommendation is DO NOT go in the ferry. Fly there. Each way is @$100 and you save the hassle of driving to Fajardo, waiting on line on a horrible place, and riding in a 2hour ferry in which you WILL vomit. Guaranteed. My second recommendation is reserve a car with Carlos Jeep Rental On Time- meaning- at least 3 months in advance. Third- reserve a place to stay at least 4 months in advance. Do your research. Make sure is NOT Casa Azul- resort prices at motel accomodations. You could actually smelled the previous hundred people that stayed there. The cheapest possible sheets and towels, stained pillows, mattresses from hell, filthy old ragged covers. I mean: How much can a good set of sheets and towels cost nowadays in Wal-Mart? $10 $15? Jesus. Overall disgusting. Be specific about this with tenant. Zoni is the area with the biggest and most expensive houses, but is the most far from Flamenco (@25 mts driving). Stay close to town, hence, close to the 2 or 3 supermarkets and form Pan Deli, the best bread and coffee. Choose one day to take a boat trip to Cayo Norte and Culebrita with Captain Bill- best food in town aboard his boat. And guaranteed fun. Cell 787-215-3809. At least one night dine in Mamacita's. No reservations. Get there at 5:30 to be seated by 6:00 and make sure you get the good food. And definitely- go there one day for breakfast too- superb. When at Flamenco, you should walk the path to Carlos Rosario- @20 mts walk and not reachable by car. Take food and beverages, AND your snorkeling gear. BEAUTIFUL. Overall- great beaches, great views, nice people, not expensive.
M. Dumont, San Juan
What a day to remember for my Fiance and I. Before our trip to PR I called the ferry terminal offices several times to purchase tickets in advance, however, no one was available at their offices. Which is ridiculous!!!
Our day started out early waiting online for tickets in Fajardo. I was totally aware that we needed to arrive early due to long lines, however, I never seen anything like this in my life. Lines going around the corner and down the block. Our plan was to take the 9am ferry to Culebra. We arrived at 7:45am. For about an half hour the line never moved. While waiting in the hot sun, we noticed that it was 8:45am and we still have not reached half way to the ticket booth counter... when all of a sudden we hear an announcement that "there will be no more tickets sold for today" Mind you this was all in "Spanish". We had to ask for translation from a local.
Disappointed, hot, and upset we noticed Flamenco Air reps were soliciting people to take their chartered planes to Culebra so we opted to go with them for $35 15 min flight one way and return to Fajardo by ferry in the evening.
After a nice time at Playa Flamenco, we left early to purchase tickets at the Ferry terminal since they had posted on their ticket booth. "Tickets can only be purchased 1 hour prior to departure". Once again we stood online to purchase tickets. The lines kept growing. And the ticket booth never opened until the ferry came docked at 5pm. My Fiance was furious so we went to talk to the workers on the boat. They told him there are no more tickets and they only can hold 140 on the boat this evening and they did not know when the next boat would arrive to pick us up. I was literally going to lose it. Not only did we get rained on and our clothes was wet and sticky. We had to wait another 2-3 hours.
At this point my entire experience in Culebra was ruined. We latter found out that they were sending over a cargo boat to retrieve those that were left behind. Mind you we still had to purchase the tickets to get on the cargo boat. I understand that this trip to Culebra is extremely inexpensive @ $4.50 and something like this should be expected, but the service was horrendous. I've been to third world countries and never experienced anything like this. When you asked a question to the ferry employees nobody can tell you anything. The cargo ship finally arrives @ 8:45pm. Was I glad to see that ship!
If we would have known we would have been in this situation we would have paid for a RT ticket on Air Flamenco.
I can't say if I would ever return to Culebra but if I had the option I would recommend flying there to avoid the unexpected, unprofessional ism of dealing with the Ferry service.
i loved the beach it was so peace you could just sleep on the sand it was so soft ... the water was soooo clear you could see fishis swiming inside the water around your feet it was really beautiful and a good experince
Its atmosphere was soooooo relaxing that I felt like a millionaire!!!!!Thank you God for this little piece of heaven on earth and thank you Puerto Rico. I will never forget this place and for sure I will be back soon.
People were outstanding. The whole area is yours to explore and relax. Go and look for Chef Edwin Roland, his recipes and food preparation and taste are out of this world The nuevo Latino experience in relaxation and athmosphere.
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