Culebra (Snake Island) is an island municipality of Puerto Rico originally
called Isla Pasaje and Isla de San Ildefonso. It is located
approximately seventeen miles east of the Puerto Rican mainland, twelve miles
west of St.Thomas and nine miles north of Vieques.
Culebra is spread over 5 wards and Culebra (Dewey) Pueblo (The downtown area
and the administrative center of the city). The island is also known as Isla
Chiquita (Little Island) and Ultima Virgen (Last Virgin).
is an archipelago consisting of the main island and twenty-three smaller islands
that lie off its coast.
Culebra is a popular weekend tourist destination for Mainland PuertoRicans,
Americans and residents of ViequesBecause 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), which can be
reached by shuttle buses from the ferry. 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