Isla Culebrita Culebra, PR
nature park/reserve


Isla Culebrita is a small coral island located off the eastern coast of the island municipality of Culebra. It is part of the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge under the administration of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and belongs to the larger Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

“Little Culebra” is accessible by water taxi or kayak from Culebra. Plenty of drinking water and sunblock are a must when visiting Culebrita, as there are no facilities there and it is easy to lose track of time amidst the beautiful surroundings. On the island you will find great opportunities for hiking, diving, wildlife observation, and nature photography available to visitors daily from sunrise to sunset – as well as some of the best beaches in the vicinity.

First lit in 1886, the Culebrita Lighthouse is the only structure to be found here. Registered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, it has fallen into disrepair over the years. Although the structure itself is closed to visitors for the time being, the hike up is well worth your time, as it offers some truly breathtaking views.

Playa Tortuga or “Turtle Beach” is perhaps the more famous of Culebrita’s six beaches, with its turquoise waters and shallow tidal pools – a true taste of paradise. Leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles, both critically endangered species, use Culebrita’s beaches for nesting and can often be seen swimming near the reefs offshore. It is important that, in order to protect the island’s precious natural resources, visitors follow all the policies and regulations established by the refuge administration.

As removed from civilization as you can get in Puerto Rico’s eastern coast, Culebrita Island offers the perfect getaway for lovers of nature with an adventurous spirit.
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