Culebra

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Culebra
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Culebra

Culebra is a popular weekend tourist destination for Mainland Puerto Ricans, Americans and residents of Vieques. Because of the "arid" nature of the island there is no run-off from rivers or streams resulting in very clear waters around the archipelago.

Culebra has many beautiful beaches including Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco). The beach extends for a mile of white coral sand and is framed beautifully by arid tree-covered hills. The beach is also protected by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources as a Marine Wildlife Reserve.

Great sailing in the Spanish Virgin Islands. Winds mostly from the E and NE at a steady 10+ knots. Watch for reefs and fish pots, mosquitoes, and sun burn. People are generally friendly, but remember this is a third world area in State's clothing. Always start a conversation with asking how the person is doing, in Spanish if possible: "Buenos dias. Como estas?" Then ask your question.

Charts

See Puerto Rico.

Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Spanish Virgin Islands

Weather

See Puerto Rico.

Passages

Most popular is from Fajadro on "The Big Island" less than 20 miles to the W. Other approaches are from Vieques to the SSW and St. Thomas from the NNE. All are likewise less than 20 nm away.

See also Puerto Rico.

Islands

  • Vieques Lies SSW less than 9 miles (to Green Beach). Also populated and economically depressed. Secure your dingy well.
  • Cayo de Luis Pena Lies W of Dewey (approx. 19*20.0N, 65*20.00W) less than 1 nm. Unpopulated, protected nature preserve. Wonderful snorkeling and swimming.
  • Cayo Norte Lies off N shore. Uninhabited.
  • Isla de Culebrita Lies (approx. 18*19N, 65*13.6W) just NE of the entrance to Ensenada Honda. Protected anchorage at approx. 18*19.2N, 65*13.8W in Bahia de Tortuga. "Washing machine" pool on NE corner of the bay hidden in the rocks. CAREFUL: when the surf's up it's UP! Also an abandoned light house tops the island and is well worth the hike: what a view! But, spray on mucho repellant or suffer the itches later. Wonderful snorkeling and swimming.
  • St. Croix Lies SE approx. 40 nm - Part of the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • St. Thomas Lies NE approx 18 mn - Part of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Navigation

From the W (Fajardo and Vieques) there generally are two approaches: straight into Dewey on the W shore (ferry dock side) 18*17.90N, 65*18.65W, or from the E into Ensenada Honda (lighted and marked entrance at 18*17.33N, 65*16,35W). There is a connecting canal with a very low, immovable bridge between E and W, as it were, Dewey.

Entrance

Call Customs and Boarder Patrol if you are coming in from other than "The Big Island" or Vieques.

For entrance details see United States.

Berthing

  • Dewey Only "port"
  • Cayo de Luis Pena Lies W of Dewey (approx. 19*20.0N, 65*20.00W). Unpopulated, protected nature preserve. Wonderful snorkeling and swimming.
  • Bahia Melones Lies just N of of the ferry dock. Wonderful snorkeling and swimming.
  • Bahia Tamarindo Lies just N of of the Melones. Wonderful snorkeling and swimming.
  • Bahia de Flamenco Lies on the N side of the island (18*20.0N, 65*19.0W) Most beautiful beach on Culebra; wonderful swimming. Can hike out of the parking lot over the W hill to Tamarindo.
  • Playa Zoni Lies NE shore across from Cayo Norte. Great swim. Snorkeling???

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None

Anchorages

  • Dewey on either side, although the Ensenada Honda side is most popular.
  • Dakity just inside the entrance to Ensenada Honda and just behind the reef has mooring balls, good breezes and light insect infestations. But, it can a long, wet ride to town.
  • Bahia Cabras on the E shore about 1/3 in. This is the "waiting room" for the mangroves.

Facilities

Water

4/6/2018: The dinghy dock restaurant sells water again (after last seasons hurricanes): N18°18.1422' W65°17.9576'

Electricity

Give details on electricity outlets for any ports that provides them. If there are no electricity outlets enter "N/A (Not Available)".

If you have the GPS coordinates of the electricity outlet area. Please provide them along with any applicable telephone numbers etc. If you do not have the GPS coordinates, remove the "|lat=" & "|lon=" entries,

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Toilets

?

Showers

?

Laundry

04/06/2018: Excellent Laundraumat with several new washers and dryers in the Sorano appartment complex on the north side of Ensenada Honda.

Dinghy access via a simple boat launch: N18°18.5672' W65°17.8066'

Then walk 170m NE on main road to N18°18.5926' W65°17.7146'

Garbage

Many blue large bins in town.

Recycling center

accepting used oil: N18°18.4726' W65°17.0090'

Access via dingy to dock at: N18°18.3684' W65°16.9894'

Supplies

Fuel

Two fuel station in town, both have diesel and gasoline:

Easy dinghy access to TOTAL station in the middle of the Dewey Canal / Lagina de Lobina: N18°18.0681' W65°18.0465'

The other station is by the ferry dock on the West end of the Dewey Canal, access by dinghy more difficult, better at high tide.

Cooking gas

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Chandlers

In Dewey there are two hardware stores, one downtown just off the S side of the connecting canal having limited marine stores.

Services

Repairs

List repair services. If no or limited repair services are available on the island write "None" or "Limited".

If repairs are included in every port pages, the following line is appropriate, otherwise remove it. Also see each Port.

If repairs are specific ports or by individual mechanics provide specific information as follows:

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Internet

Are any internet or WiFi connections available in the island? If so where?

Mobile connectivity

Is there mobile telephone signal such as G4, G3, GPRS in the island? How strong is the signal? Are there any blind spots?

Vehicle Rentals

Are cars, motorbikes, and bicycles available for rent? If so give the name, location, tel number of the rental outlets.

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Provisioning

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Transportation

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Eating out

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Tourism

History

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Places to Visit

List places of interest, tours, etc.

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

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Links

References

  • Puerto Rico Tourism Company's Puerto Rico Travel Planner: Explore Beyond the Shore
  • Kathy Parsons, Spanish for Cruisers
  • Stephen J. Pavlidis, A Cruising Guide to Puerto Rico

Comments

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  • Be sure to get a FREE copy of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company's Puerto Rico Travel Planner: Explore Beyond the Shore. gotopuertorico.com; 800-866-7827. A MUST get.

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