Getting to Culebra
Culebra Divers - Culebra, Puerto Rico
Directions to Culebra
There are two ways to get to Culebra; by air or by sea. Our morning dive boat departs at 9:00 AM so it is best to fly in, or arrive a day in advance, if you hope to catch our morning tour. Getting here via ferry can be a real challenge unless you are able to book tickets in advance via the new online ticketing system (https://porferry.com/). During high season, getting ferry tickets and getting on the ferry is even more challenging. The flights to Culebra are on small airplanes and they book up fast, so make your flight reservations early. Our shop is located downtown so we are 1 mile from the airport and across the street from the ferry terminal. Please note that Culebra Divers does NOT provide transportation to/from the mainland or Vieques.
A note on flying and diving
These are low altitude flights, and even though some customers do opt to fly from Culebra back to the main island prior to the expiration of the no-fly countdown on their computer, we recommend you adhere to the current DAN guidelines of at least 12 hours after a single dive and at least 18 hours after multiple dives or multiple days of diving. An option our customers frequently choose is to fly over to Culebra to kick off their vacation as soon as possible, and then take their time getting back to the main island via ferry.
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. It is the age-old question of time versus money. How much is each hour of vacation time worth to you? Hopefully the information below will help you decide. Please note all times and fares are estimated, based on a single passenger, and subject to change without notice.
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 $140 ($90 taxi fare + $50 flight)
Option 4: FERRY out of Ceiba
Time = 2 to 4 hours (1.5 hour taxi ride + 45 minutes to 2 hour ocean voyage depending on if you get the fast passenger ferry or the cargo ferry)
Money = $95.25 ($90 taxi fare + $2.25 ferry ticket + $3 online booking fee)
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. 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), Ceiba (FAJ/RVR) airports. The fares range from $50 to $150 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 does offer direct flights starting as low as $40.
- Vieques Air Link: Small regional carrier
Culebra Divers has several recommended properties and their distances from our shop. TripAdvisor is another great resource.
- Casa Nirvana (13 min. walk)
- Club Seabourne (just under 2 miles)
- Hilltop Guest House (just over 1.5 miles)
- Island Charm Guest House (1.3 miles)
- The Lighthouse (20 min. walk)
- Villa Boheme (6 min. walk)
Additionally, check these sites for property rentals. There is a wide selection:
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.