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possibly moving to Culebra
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: Jen Malik (
Date:   02-22-11 12:27

Greetings. I used to live in Culebra from 1977 to 1986. I was a little girl and my parents ran/operated a successful busines; Villa Boheme during that time.
I attended escuelita from nursery through third grade. I am still in touch with some of my childhood friends......BUT I am looking for ALL the Help I can get!
I wish to move my family (myself, husband and six year old daughter) to Culebra. I have not visited in 14 years. My father went back about eight years ago, and told me of the big changes, but also how lovely it still is.
My heart still belongs to my little childhood paradise. I seek an expat lifestyle, my husband and I have many different self-employment possibilities but I have so many questions I need to talk to some one who lives there now.
Please tell me if you think acupuncture for the commnunity at a LOW cost, massage on the beach, owning and running our own retreat style lodging, hoop dance at various places like flamenco ect and selling hula hoops (go check out my facebook for pics of what I am talking about for the hoop dancing) might be of ANY interest to those visiting or livnig on the island. We also teach healing movent classes; yoga, QiGong, KungFu, we are artists and I also do children's wool animal puppet plays and hand made wool toys for all ages. .....anyone? anyone? what is it LIKE down there? Am I totally diluded in thinking we could fit in there now?
We wish for a simple simple life...way far away from America and all the subburbia madness.
Thank you

You can only be where you are

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Re: possibly moving to Culebra
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: minerva figueroa (
Date:   02-22-11 14:34

Hi Ms. Malik,

Thank you for your message. I am including a link to the website. Let me know if you still think it is appropriate for your goals. My property is not in the hotel's rental pool and can only be rented long term (minimum 6 months) (per our contract with Bahia Marina) thru Culebra Vacation Planners. VP's owner is Mike Macarthy. He is a good friend of my husband and well known in the island.
The property is a one bedroom two baths fully furnished and equipped with a two range stove, refrigerator, TV, radio, water heater and two air conditioning units-the balcony faces the bay and has a breathtaking view of Ensenada Honda; The living room has a full size futon, the bedroom has two full size beds. I hope the description helps.

If my property is not suitable I am sure Mike and his staff can assist you on your search.

Minerva Figueroa--OCEC Outreach
949 400 8123

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Re: possibly moving to Culebra
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: Molly and Jerry (
Date:   02-24-11 06:52

Molly and I are the owners of Casita Tropical Guesthouse. We have it on the market for a reasonable price, you can see it at clasificadosonline and tripadvisor. It may be a good opportunity for you with your experience. You can write us at or call us (787)742-3270,(412)519-7896 or (786)382-5275
I am also selling a 34' sailboat setup for fishing charters and liveaboard.

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Re: possibly moving to Culebra
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: Claire Fallon (173.243.87.---)
Date:   03-14-11 17:11

Hey Jen,

There is a lot of body work going on here now.
I run the Yoga Studio here on Culebra, and there is no need for another teacher. The classes are very small due to the small population here. I hope you find this information helpful. Good luck on your search.


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Re: possibly moving to Culebra
Culebra, Puerto Rico
Author: SR (
Date:   03-18-11 20:08

Hi Jen,

I saw your comment about thinking of relocating ‘expat’ living in Culebra.

I am a Puerto Rican and my family traveled every year to Culebra when I was young. We helped open up the road that heads towards Punta Soldado with some locals that still live up on the hill near the airport. It was a trail, now although is still looks ruff and unpaved you can drive down to the beach area, still pristine and undiscovered tough.

Your idea is fascinating, don’t give up.

Here are a few things of my latest visits to Culebra that you may find interesting, the good, the bad and the ugly.

- Population of expats has increased, now ~18%

- Flamenco beach is still gorgeous!! And one of the best beaches I’ve seen, and I been at Phi Phi Island, check Phi Phi online.

- Issues with the Ferry. The economy has hit hard PR and the transportation system of the island has suffered cuts. Recently there were protests on foot and dingy boats to prevent the arrival or departure of Ferries at both Culebra and Vieques. This affected the businesses and many people lost jobs. If you think of owning a Guesthouse, when Ferry stops, there is no business. Anything related to tourism will suffer acutely whenever this happens. Now the Ferry is working again, but the issue of funding is still of a month ago.

- Vieques has a W hotel, this is good for Vieques and Culebra.

- There has been an increase in vandalism of boats. Mostly people who have property but do not live there full time. Violence in the main Island of PR has increased and quite scary.

- The population of PR has decreased, and is one of the few places with a negative decline.

- The city of Culebra has been renovating since the last 15 years or more. The school is an eco-model design. The Ferry dock at Dewey has a nice Tourism Info mini building.

- There are more Jeep, Motorcylces and bike rentals. Also more flights at the small airport.

- Flamenco remodeled a small area and provided kiosks for food vendors.

Your idea of massages is feasible, if you can get a permit at Flamenco beach it may work. This idea is working for a masseuse at Isla Verde beach. She just has a nice massage bed, a table with lotions, towels and a nice Tarp. Also a very clear sign with prices for ½ hour ~ $45, 1hr~$60, works well for people in a rush. You can get it close to foot traffic but still private and with all the people that arrive to Flamenco you get the bulk of the tourists.

The hoop dance may also work similarly at Flamenco, when big holiday weekends.

Just need to know if you can get a permit. I dont really know about the permits.

A Holistic Center may also work giving you more local business, mix acupuncture/massage (sell it for people with back problems) with some martial arts, and if you are artistic come up with your own lotions and holistic souvenirs in a good locale may also work. It all depends in your marketing skills.

Guesthouses are saturated, some are too expensive to generate income of sale.

Anyways I stop now…

Cheers Good luck.

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