Semana Santa can be a crazy time in Latin countries in April – especially on beach destinations or on airplanes where seating sometimes becomes quite limited. Yesterday we experienced the craziness on small Culebra Island, 18 miles off shore from mainland Puerto Rico and only 12 miles from St. Thomas and the US Virgin Islands. Flamenco Beach has been voted one of the top beaches in the Caribbean by several publications. Usually its pure white sand beaches are relatively isolated but this time in the middle of Semana Santa its sand was covered with hip young college students partying. Its about an hour catamaran ride here from Marina Puerto Del Rey. Snorkeling is decent with a number of reefs in the area but the true highlight is the beach and the crystal clear waters!
Culebra Island only has about 2000 permanent residents – you can rent a car here. Camping is very popular as there are a number of campsites right next to the beach. A small bay with brackish water has a number of sea turtles. Vieques Island is not far from here and one of the highlights there is the bio-luminescent bay at night.
There are several options for getting here – we chose East Wind Adventures – food and all the rum punch and pina coladas were included in the trip to and from the island!