Playa Flamenco

Playa Flamenco information

Culebra , Puerto Rico
Hwy 251
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Stretching for a mile around a sheltered, horseshoe-shaped bay, Playa Flamenco is not just Culebra’s best beach, it is also generally regarded as the finest in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Backed by low scrub and trees rather than craning palms, rustic Flamenco gets very crowded on weekends, especially with daytrippers from San Juan. Alone among Culebra's beaches, it has a range of amenities. Weekdays are good for a visit, when crowds are few.

In the winter months you’ll feel like Robinson Crusoe contemplating the clarity of the water here; the name comes from the nearby lagoon, which attracts flamingos in winter. Services include a collection of kiosks (selling snack food, lunches, rum punches and beer, and renting beach gear and more), toilets, outdoor showers, lifeguards, picnic tables and an often jammed parking lot. Camping is allowed.

The iconic rusting tank is at the beach's west end, a legacy of when troops practiced invasions here. It's swirling green and yellow stripes are the work of local artist Jorge Acevedo, who says they represent a 'dancing fish.'

You can walk here from Dewey in under 30 minutes.