Culebra Island (officially Isla Culebra, aka "Snake Island", Isla Chiquita /“Little Island”, and Ultima Virgen /“Last Virgin”) is an island-municipality of Puerto Rico. The isle is located 17 ml (27 km) east of mainland Puerto Rico, 12 ml (19 km) west of Saint Thomas and 9 ml (14 km) north of Vieques. Culebra covers a total area of approx 30.1 km2 (11.6 ml2) and has population of around 1,800 people, ranking it the least populous municipality of Puerto Rico.
- Culebra Island is spread over 5 wards and Culebra Pueblo, the downtown area and administrative center of the city. Because of the island's "arid" nature there is no run-off from streams or rivers, resulting in clear waters around the archipelago.
- Culebra is popular as a weekend (short-break) travel destination for Americans, residents of Vieques and mainland Puerto Ricans. Culebra offers plenty of beautiful beaches, among which is Playa Flamenco (Flamenco Beach) - rated world's 3rd best beach for 2014 by tripadvisor. The beach is protected by Department of Natural and Environmental Resources as Marine Wildlife Reserve.
- Until 1975 the area located west of Flamenco Beach and adjacent Flamenco Point was used for joint-US Navy/Marine Corps military exercise. Many military relics, such as tanks, remain in the region. Culebra and Vieques offered the United States' military a great experience to the Pacific battles as a feasible training area for the Marine Force in amphibious exercises for naval gunfire support testing and beach landings. Culebra and Vieques were the components of Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range Inner Range.
- The "Navy–Culebra protests" is a name given by American media to protests starting on the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico in 1971 against the U.S. Navy use of the island. These led to the United States' Navy abandoning of Culebra facilities.
- Other beaches on Culebra Island are only accessible via boats or private car. Of the smaller isles, only Culebrita and Luis Pena permit visitors and are accessible by water taxis from Culebra. Nature photography and hiking are largely encouraged. However, activities that would disturb nature reserves are prohibited, e.g. Motor Vehicles, Camping and Littering. Throughout the year camping is allowed on Playa Flamenco. Culebra is a popular destination for scuba divers due to the crystal clear waters and the many reefs throughout the archipelago.
Culebra Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Culebra Island dock (anchor) at Culebra - port town on the southwestern coast. On the following map of Isla Culebra you can see all the surrounding isles and the island's 5 barrios (neighbourhoods) named Flamenco, San isidoro, Fraile, Playa Sardinas 2 and Playa Sardinas 1.
The Culebra Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Culebra Island, Puerto Rico.
If you lose the Culebra Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Culebra Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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