President Theodore Roosevelt [USA] established a bird refuge on Culebra February 27, 1909, making it one of the oldest refuges in the system. Since then much of the island and the surrounding 23 islets, including Culebrita, have been protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a nature preserve, making the islands one of only two nesting sites for giant sea turtles, including the leatherback, in the U.S. The Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, 600 ha, protects large colonies of sea birds (approx. 85 species), particularly terns, red-billed tropic birds and boobies.
Of all the truly gorgeous beaches on the island of Culebra, nine miles off the main island's eastern coast, Flamenco leads the pack. This island municipality is a paradise of beaches so perfect they are almost impossible to believe.
The crowning jewel is Flamenco Beach, recently named one of the Best Beaches in America and Best Escape Beach by the Travel Channel. A magnificent mile or so of pure white coral sand framed by Culebra's arid, sun-toasted hills, it is protected as a Marine Wildlife Reserve by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. Here, you can escape from the crowds, jet skis and motorized sea vessels found on many of the major beaches on the main island of Puerto Rico.
Flamenco is only one of many unspoiled, pristine beaches on Culebra where you can enjoy blissful solitude as you swim in the blue green waters or explore some of the most stunning coral reef formations in the Caribbean.
Until 1975 Culebra was used for naval military exercises. Abandoned tanks and other military relics dot the area west of Flamenco Beach. If you tire of taking perfect beach scenes, you'll find interesting photographic material among the remnants of naval machinery.
The Lelolai Festival is a fabulous program exposing visitors to typical Puerto Rican music and dance in authentic settings.
Offered throughout the year, this is undoubtedly one of the most all-encompassing and attractive cultural festivals in Puerto Rico. Specifically designed to showcase the Island's enticing blend of Spanish, Indian and African traditions, customs and heritage, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company has proudly organized this festival for more than 25 years.
Dress Code: Casual, island evening apparel and shoes, not flip-flops, because you might dance. This festival is in November only. Puerto Rican female dancers are zesty, and the guys have to love zest to stay with them.
Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the spirituality of a seashore vacation can provide a time of meditation and renewal for body-mind.