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 in town directly across the street from the ferry terminal and less than 1 mile from the airport. Please note that Culebra Divers does not provide airport transfers, taxi services, or transportation to/from the mainland or Vieques.
We do NOT recommend traveling the same day as your tour as transportation to Culebra can be challenging and we are unable to offer a refund if you cannot get here in time.
You may be able to book one of the limited online advance ferry tickets via the new online ticketing system (puertoricoferry.com). Especially during high season (December – March, July), getting ferry tickets can be difficult. It is important to note that when the system says ONLINE TICKETS SOLD OUT, that doesn’t mean the ferry is full, just that there are no online advance tickets left. It will list the number of remaining tickets available at the box office in Ceiba.
However attempting to buy a ticket same day and “walk on” the ferry you risk missing the boat and possibly a day of your vacation. The ferry ticketing system can be challenging and frequently travelers are disappointed with the results. **The “Pax and Cargo” does NOT arrive in one hour as listed on the ferry website. It is a minimum of 1.5-2 hrs so please do not rely on that right before the morning tour.
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.
**Our afternoon boat returns by 4:30 pm – we ask that you not schedule a departure near this time as you will be cutting the tour short for others and/or you could miss your transportation if our boat is late.
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 April 2023). Culebra’s airport is roughly a mile away from our shop. We are unable to pick up guests.
Option 1: FLY from San Juan International (SJU)
Time = 30 minutes (direct flight)
Money = from $100
- Cape Air: Small regional carrier (although they are the only option that links itineraries with the major airlines, they have a recent history of last-minute and no-notice cancellations which make them a very risky choice)
- Seaborne Airlines: Small regional carrier
- Air Margarita: This is a white glove charter service that departs pretty much on your schedule.
VIEQUES – Occasionally there is a direct ferry from Vieques to Culebra, 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 (with distance from our shop). TripAdvisor is another great resource. We encourage booking directly with the provider when possible to save fees!
**There is currently NO CAMPING at Flamenco Beach, not sure when the campground area will reopen**
- Casa Resaca (1.6 miles)
- Casa Sunny (20 min walk)
- Club Seabourne (just under 2 miles)
- Gypsea Mermaid Guesthouse (1.4 miles)
- Hilltop Guest House (1.7 miles)
- Island Charm Guest House (1.3 miles)
- SeaGrapes Culebra (1.3 miles)
- Secret Garden (1.3 miles)
- Villa Boheme (7 min walk)
- Villa Fulladoza Guest House (9 min walk)
If you fall in love with Culebra and never want to leave, check out these companies for current real estate listings:
Car Rental and Bike Rentals
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 and sightseeing. Here are links to some local rental agencies for both eBikes and cars:
- Carlos Jeep Rental
- Choco’s Bronco Rental
- Experience Everything (eBikes)
- Jerry’s Jeep Rental
- UTV Rental (golf carts only)
We highly recommend that you reserve your transportation as soon as you book your flights/lodging as 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.