Flamenco Beach#4 in Best Things To Do in Puerto Rico
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On the island of Culebra, which sits about 20 miles east of Puerto Rico, visitors will find a beach perfect for families, snorkelers and those looking for a remote spot that boasts a delightful aesthetic from nearly every angle. Flamenco Beach's 1 1/2-mile strip of sand is the most popular on Culebra and is often recognized by travelers and experts as the most beautiful in all of Puerto Rico.
Facilities like bathrooms and showers can be found on-site, and the beach's white sand is peppered with kiosks selling refreshments or offering chairs and umbrellas for rent (about $5 to $10 each). Amenities and tranquility are among the many allures of this favorite spot but above all else, travelers simply can't stop raving about the beach's beauty. Some travelers do complain that Flamenco Beach's popularity means it can get a bit crowded on the weekends (despite a lack of upscale resorts or restaurants). And your company won't just be of the human variety; fish tend to swim right up to the shallow water's edge.
Flamenco Beach is also home to a campground. To camp, you'll have to pay a fee of about $30 per night, and you'll need to bring your own equipment (or ask the campground office for details about renting a tent).
If you're staying on Culebra, visiting this beach is a must, but from the main island it can be quite a trek. Air Flamenco offers 15-minute flights from Ceiba to Culebra and Cape Air offers 30-minute flights between San Juan and Culebra. Ferries also run between Culebra and Ceiba, though the schedule can be erratic. Expect to arrive on Culebra about an hour after departing Ceiba. Ferries are run by the Maritime Transport Authority. Flamenco Beach is open daily and there's a $2 per person fee to enjoy the beach. Parking costs an additional $5. A few of the best Puerto Rico tours also make stops here.
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