Top ChoiceBeach in Culebra

Playa Flamenco

Playa Flamenco

Stretching for a mile around a sheltered, horseshoe-shaped bay, Playa Flamenco is not only one of Culebra’s best beaches, it also makes a regular appearance on the world's best beaches lists. Backed by low scrub...

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Isla Culebrita

If you need a reason to hire a water taxi, Isla Culebrita is it. This small island, just east of Playa Zoni, is part of the national wildlife refuge. With its six beaches, tide pools, reefs and nesting areas for...

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Bahía Mosquito

Locals claim that this magnificent bay, a designated wildlife preserve about 2 miles east of Esperanza, has the highest concentration of phosphorescent dinoflagellates not only in Puerto Rico, but in the world. A...

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Playa Carlos Rosario

This remote thin, white-sand beach has one of the best snorkeling areas in Puerto Rico thanks to a barrier reef that almost encloses the beach's waters; you can snorkel on either side of it by swimming through...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Culebra

Culebra National Wildlife Refuge

More than 20% of Culebra is part of a spectacular national wildlife refuge, which was signed into law more than 100 years ago. Most of it lies along the coastline, including more than 20 cays. Home to three...

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Sun Bay

Part of Puerto Rico's national park system, this half-moon-shaped bay, less than a half-mile east of Esperanza, is the island’s balneario (public beach), with all the amenities you could hope for, including...

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Playa Zoni

Head to the eastern end of the island and you’ll eventually run out of road at Playa Zoni. Many locals think this is a better beach than Flamenco and it's hard to argue. It's not quite as wide and curving, but it...

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Playa Caracas

Calm and clear, this beach is reached on a paved road and has gazebos with picnic tables to shade bathers from the sun; there's excellent snorkeling – lots of healthy sea fans and underwater life – off the...

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Playa La Plata

This secluded beach is as far east as you can go at present, spread across a mushroom-shaped bay with icing-sugar sand and a calm sea that shimmers with a thousand different shades of blue. The snorkeling is good...

Top ChoiceBeach in Vieques

Playa La Chiva

A favorite with locals, this gorgeous playa at the eastern end of the main road is long and open with occasionally rough surf. It's easy to find your own large patch of sand and you can find shade in the shrubs....

Nature Reserve in Vieques

Vieques National Wildlife Refuge

Lying within these protected confines are the best reasons to visit Vieques. This 18,000-acre refuge occupies the land formerly used by the US military. The 3100-acre western segment was used mainly as a storage...

Beach in Culebra

Playa Brava

It's beauty lies in its isolation; with no road you have to hike about 30 minutes along a little-used trail that is often overgrown with sea grape and low scrub. The rewards are a stunning swathe of sand of wild...

Beach in Culebra

Punta Soldado

On the southwestern tip of the island, Punta Soldado has a rocky beach perfect for exploring. The water is calm and clear and filled with healthy coral, also making it a great spot for snorkeling – turtles and...

Beach in Vieques

Playa Escondida

This deliciously deserted stretch of sand has absolutely no facilities – just jaw-dropping beauty. It faces Bahía Ensenada Honda, which is good for kayaking. The road here is very rough and is 4WD-only,...

Beach in Vieques

Pata Prieta

This gorgeous cove has a slender stretch of sand and protected waters that are excellent for snorkeling. A steep gravel path leads to the beach.

Beach in Culebra

Playa Resaca

A resaca is an undertow and a metaphor for a hangover, an allusion to the state of the water perhaps, or the way you'll feel after climbing up and down Monte Resaca to reach it. Not well maintained nor easy to...

Beach in Culebra

Playa Tamarindo

Snorkeling is the thing here; the beach shares the fish-filled waters of the Luis Peña Channel Natural Reserve, making it a popular spot for independent travelers as well as organized tour groups. This...

Beach in Vieques

Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas is excellent for a quiet picnic, some family-friendly snorkeling, and views of the mainland (note the wind farm) and El Yunque across the water. The sand here is not very broad, punctuated with coral...

Beach in Vieques

Playas Media Luna & Navio

If it's isolation you’re after, head east on the sandy road that runs along Sun Bay and you’ll enter a low forest. Go left at the fork in the road. In a couple of hundred yards, you’ll stumble upon Playa Media...

Island in Vieques

Cayo Afuera

This uninhabited pinprick of land lies a few hundred feet across the bay from Playa Esperanza. Part of the Mosquito Bay Reserve, many intrepid locals swim here (not advisable unless you're a strong swimmer and...