Visiting Culebra & Why It’s Better Than Going To The Big All-Inclusive Resorts

If you come to Isla Culebra in Puerto Rico, Spanish for Snake Island, it is an island municipality that is about 17 miles from Puerto Rican mainland. It is located about 12 miles to the west of St Thomas and 9 miles when you travel north of Vieques. Culebra is an island that comprises of 5 wards; there is a downtown area called Culebra Pueblo or Dewey as well as an administrative center. The locals of the island are known as Culebrenses; the population is sparse, which makes it a unique and exclusive resort or luxury getaway destination for many.

Being the last island of the Virgin Islands archipelago, it is also known as Ultima Virgen or Isla Chiquita which translates as Little Island. As per the history of the place, Christopher Columbus arrived here around 1493; it was later colonized and Carib Indians had their settlements here. The island remained abandoned for long after that and later Spanish settlements took over the region. Culebra is considered an archipelago where there are several small islands that surround a main island. The region has a long winding shoreline and the coasts are characterized by sandy beaches, mangrove forests and cliffs. Mount Resaca is the tallest point here as well as Balcon Hill. Ensenada Honda is a harbor here, the largest of the island and is considered to be secure from hurricanes. One can enjoy touring the different lagoons to be found around the island such as Flamenco, Zoni, and Corcho.

Those who are looking for an exclusive island getaway will find the rustic landscape and rich nature reserves here much more enticing than any modern luxury resort destination. Here one of the oldest bird sanctuaries is to be found as well as wildlife that is rare and unique to this part of the world.