Author: Sabina Makhdomi (---.nyc.res.rr.com)
Date: 02-09-06 16:38
We just spent 5 great days in Culebra and wanted to offer our info.
We stayed at Maritza's Guesthouse. She was very very nice, we loved her! The apt was clean with kitchenette, which proved essential for us. It's a bit removed from town (20 minute walk), in the airport area, but we didn't have problems getting around. I had a serious mosquito problem at Maritza's, even with repellent, but it seems that might be true everywhere.
We cooked everyday. Food on the island was not enticing for us--as vegetarians, options were VERY limited. The grocery stores were good enough (though lacking in produce)--we went to milka's, mayra's superette, and genesis.
We didn't rent any kind of transportation. We used the publicos (shared taxis), which cost $2/person to go to town or to Playas Flamenco/Carlos Rosario. We went to Playa Brava (surfer beach) 1 day and were charged $20 total (2 ppl, roundtrip), which maybe was overpriced but that driver gave us a free ride to the ferry when we left!
We bought snorkeling gear while we were there. We had never done it before and were totally amazed by what we saw. We had a great time snorkeling at Punta Melones, Carlos Rosario and the beach which comes before it on the path (Tamarindo?), and even saw great stuff at Flamenco.
In terms of getting there, we took the bus from San Juan to Rio Piedras and a publico from Rio Piedras to Fajardo. Then we took the cargo ferry from Fajardo to Culebra, which is 2 hours (as opposed to regular ferry ride's 1 hour), and my boyfriend did get kind of sick. But he had no problem on the 1 hour ferry going back.
Overall, we loved our trip. We loved seeing the roosters, the hens with their chicks while walking around the town; encountering lizards, the occasional snake, the little land crabs on the paths to the beaches; beautiful birds all around, and of course, the amazing sea life. We can't wait to go back. We may try the campgrounds at Flamenco when we do, so we can afford to stay longer.
Hope this info is helpful!