Flamenco Beach at Culebra: One of the Best Beaches of the Caribbean and the World

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Flamenco Beach at Culebra is a crescent moon shaped spectacular beach. It has turquoise transparent waters and fine white sand.

Many famous beaches around the world are surrounded by a long line of hotels. This is not the case of Flamenco, instead it is surrounded by green lush vegetation. Playa Flamenco is truly an escape form a modern and rushed society.

Playa Flamenco

A lot of people, including me!, consider it to be one of the best beaches of the Caribbean and the world. In fact, Travel + Leisure wrote an article on 2010 about the best secret islands in the world. Culebra was one of them and it was mentioned that “discerning travelers claim that crescent-shaped Playa Flamenco is the Caribbean’s most perfect swath of sand”.

This is the reason why people from all over the world visit Culebra all year round.

Watching the ocean’s different tones of blue is so relaxing. Feel the warm sand under your feet. Refresh yourself from the tropical heat in the crystal clear waters. Listen to the rythmic music of the waves, the wind and the birds. What else can you ask for?

Playa Flamenco agua y montañas

Where does the name Flamenco come from?

Flamenco Beach in Culebra receives its name from the birds that used to live in the lagoon that is close to the beach. These birds are called flamingos (in Spanish flamencos). The elderly people that have lived in Culebra before the US Navy occupied the island saw the flamingo birds.

Unfortunately these birds don’t live in the lagoon anymore. They left due to the activities of the Navy. Some time ago one flamingo bird was seen again at the lagoon and this created a lot of excitement to the Culebra residents.

Explore

There are some interesting things to explore at Flamenco. One of them is a war tank that was left on the shore of the beach as a reminder of the days the US Navy occupied the island.

Playa Flamenco en Culebra: Tanque

To see it simply walk to your left (when facing the water) on the shore of the sea. There is another war tank close to this one, but not on the shore but on higher grounds when you walk into the vegetation.

Playa Flamenco en Culebra:Tanque

If you walk to the opposite direction on the shore of the sea (to the right when facing the water), you will find the Culebrenses favorite area of Flamenco Beach: ‘el muellecito’ or the ‘little dock’. This is another structure left behind by the US Navy. A lot of children from Culebra have learned to swim there.

Playa Flamenco en Culebra: Muellecito

Snorkeling

Flamenco Beach at Culebra is not a snorkeling beach per se due to the abundance of white sand. However there are some areas where you can try to snorkel. One of them is just at the center of the beach where there is a large area of rocks where fish live. Also you can try at both ends of the beach where there are also some rock formations.

Food

One of the advantages of visiting Flamenco beach over visiting other Culebra beaches is that if you get hungry you can buy food at the kiosks that are located close to the parking area. The other beautiful Culebra beaches don’t have any food stands or bathrooms or anything, just the beach! Visiting them is also a great idea if you want to escape from all the hustle and bustle.

Camping

Flamenco is the only beach in Culebra where camping is allowed. For more information click here.

Advice

Since Flamenco Beach is the main attraction of this beautiful island, it is the most visited place and sometimes it can be a little crowded. Do you wish to find it less congested? Then don’t visit it on the months of June and July, or on holiday weekends (for example: the Holy Week). If you don’t mind all the people then you can come any time of the year.

Playa Flamenco en Culebra: Arena Blanca

Enjoy your visit!




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