Getting to Culebra
Culebra Divers - Culebra, Puerto Rico
Fly or Ferry?
It is the age-old question of time versus money. How much is each hour of vacation time worth to you? Hopefully the Options below will help you decide.
Our shop is located downtown so we are directly across the street from the ferry terminal and just short of 1 mile from the airport. Please note that Culebra Divers does not provide airport transfers, or transportation to/from the mainland or Vieques.
There are two ways to get to Culebra – by air or by sea. Getting here via ferry can sometimes be a challenge unless you are able to book tickets in advance via the new online ticketing system (https://porferry.com/). During high season (December – March), getting ferry tickets can be even more challenging. The flights to Culebra are on small planes and they fill up fast, so make your flight reservations early. A popular option is to fly to Culebra to kick off your vacation quickly, and then take the ferry back to Puerto Rico to save a few dollars and extend your surface interval if you’ve been diving.
Some of the small regional air carriers partner with the major airlines, so when searching for flights try Culebra (CPX) as your final destination instead of San Juan (SJU) and see if you get lucky!
If not, the first step to getting here is to book a commercial flight to San Juan International Airport (SJU). Many of the major airline hubs have non-stop service. From there, you have several options on what to do next. Please note all times and fares are estimated, based on a single passenger, and subject to change without notice (last updated June 2020).
Option 1: FLY from San Juan International (SJU)
Time = 30 minutes (direct flight)
Money = from $79
Option 2: FLY from Isla Grande (SIG)
Time = 50 minutes (20 minute taxi ride + 30 minute flight)
Money = from $115 ($25 taxi fare + $90 flight)
Option 3: FLY from Ceiba (FAJ/RVR)
Time = 1 hour 45 minutes (1.5 hour taxi ride + 15 minute flight)
Money = from $135 ($90 taxi fare + $45 flight)
Option 4: FERRY out of Ceiba
Time = 2.5 to 3 hours (1.5 hour taxi ride + 45 min to 1.5 hour ocean voyage depending on if you take the fast passenger ferry or the cargo ferry)
Money = $95.25 ($90 taxi fare + $2.25 ferry ticket + $3 online booking fee)
Click here for the Official Online Ferry Ticketing System. Beware of other sites claiming to sell advanced ferry tickets. There is only one official site.
If you plan to buy tickets at the terminal be prepared to arrive very early, get in line, and have a lot of patience. If anyone in your group gets sea sick; it may not be your best option. Consider arriving by ferry the day before your tour to avoid any penalties for travel issues.
Due to our cancellation policy, we caution against same day ferry transportation plans if you’ve booked a morning tour with us. Flying, or arriving at least a day in advance, is recommended. The flights to Culebra (CPX) originate out of San Juan International (SJU), Isle Grande (SIG), and Ceiba (FAJ/RVR) airports. The fares start as low as $45 each way, depending on which airport you choose, and get you here in literally minutes compared to potentially an hour or more by ferry.
VIEQUES – Unfortunately there is no direct ferry from Vieques to Culebra; however, Vieques Air Link periodically offers direct flights starting as low as $40 and Taxi Aereo provides charter service.
Culebra Divers does not offer lodging, but we’ve compiled a list below from customer recommendations (sorted by distance from our shop). TripAdvisor is another great resource. We encourage booking directly with the provider when possible to save fees!
- Villa Boheme (7 min walk)
- Villa Fulladoza Guest House (9 min walk)
- Casa Nirvana (13 min walk)
- Casa Sunny (20 min walk)
- The Lighthouse (20 min walk)
- Abuelo’s Beach House (1.3 miles)
- Casita Tropical (1.3 miles)
- Island Charm Guest House (1.3 miles)
- SeaGrapes Culebra (1.3 miles)
- Secret Garden (1.3 miles)
- Gypsea Mermaid Guesthouse (1.4 miles)
- Hilltop Guest House (1.7 miles)
- Club Seabourne (just under 2 miles)
For larger accommodations, most featuring stunning views and private pools, check out the listings here:
- Culebra Property Rentals (multiple listings)
If you fall in love with Culebra and never want to leave, they do property sales too!
Renting a vehicle is the best option for getting around the island. Although small, Culebra has many steep hills and our our roads/sidewalks are not always pedestrian friendly. For multiple people, or multiple days, renting is more cost effective than using the Publicos (taxis) for island adventures & sightseeing. Here are links to the two local car rental agencies:
We highly recommend that you reserve your vehicles as soon as you book your flights/lodging as vehicle availability is limited and changes rapidly.
Diving and Flying
Granted, the flights from Culebra to the main island are low altitude flights; however, the experts at DAN still recommend 12 hours after a single dive and at least 18 hours after multiple dives or multiple days of diving. An option our divers frequently choose is to fly over to Culebra to kick off your vacation as soon as possible, and then take the ferry back to Puerto Rico to save a few dollars and extend your surface interval before flying home.