In the Culebra sun you're sure to be completely relaxed and having a grand ole time. Flamenco Beach is horseshoe shaped, half-mile-wide, is bordered by the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, one of America's oldest preserves from 1909. What makes this particular Culebra beach so special, is the surf break over the reef which is about a quarter-mile offshore on the west side. If you're curious, there's an old World War II tank, half-buried and rusting as a reminder that Culebra was once a firing range for the military. But the balneario at Flamenco on the west shore is first class. Fine, white-sand greets you and goes gently around to a pleasant picnic area. Here you'll find some vendors and the beginning of the campground area. We found the bottom here relatively rock free. And when you try snorkeling out towards the rock outcroppings, there are some nice brain coral with plenty of parrot fish, blue tang, and wrasse to see.You're not going to find a bad spot on the beach. Trust us. Puerto Rico sits with the Caribbean Sea on the south coast and the mighty Atlantic on the north coast. Culebra basks in the Caribbean and the waters are warm.
For a secluded picnic, swim or snorkel, take road 251 towards Flamenco beach. Then take a left onto the first dirt road, past the end of the airport runway (it is a little way). There is a private home on the left and another parallel road on the right. Continue along until you see the big Tamorindo tree - that gives us the beach name. Tamarindo beach has little sandy areas but lots of shade and calm water. There is also some pretty decent snorkeling. Park by a small concrete building and you're there. You can also hike to Culebras beautiful Carlos Rosario from here.