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Top Nature Sites in Puerto Rico – Natural Wildlife Refuge Culebra

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Twenty-three offshore Islands comprise the Culebra Natural Wildlife Refuge, reserved for more than 120 marine bird-nesting colonies, including the largest sooty tern colony in Puerto Rico.

Culebra is a sun-bleached mound topped with dry scrub and coastal forests, cattle pastures and the brightly colored homes of its 2,000 residents. It’s one of the favorite attractions of Puerto Ricans, who hop on a ferry or private boat to spend weekends on this tiny Island.

The sand of its beaches is as white as can be and the waters so clear that snorkeling sometimes seems superfluous. The coral communities are blessed with a dazzling and striking display of colors and marine life. Scuba diving is a common and highly rewarding pastime.

Nature is at its most colorful and awesome in the Culebra Natural Wildlife Refuge, where you’ll experience some of the most wondrous underwater adventures, whether snorkeling, scuba diving or simply swimming.

Top Nature Sites in Puerto Rico   Natural Wildlife Refuge Culebra

While the Natural Wildlife Refuge has its own charm and appeal, the residents can be equally eccentric, attractive and magnetic. They share Culebra as a host might welcome the best of friends. Culebra is a tourist destination all onto itself, and reaching it by ferry is far easier than bidding it farewell.

How to Get There

From the International Airport take Road 26 and exit on Road 3 to Fajardo. Turn left on Road 194 and go Southeast for 2.1 miles. Turn left on Road 195, then bear left on Fajardo Dock. Take the ferry to Culebra. You may also take a flight from San Juan or Fajardo. Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (Isla Grande) from Old San Juan take Road 26 towards Carolina and take exit to Road 1. Right after the Marina (Club Naútico de SJ) make a right at Lindbergh St. Diego Jimenez Torres Airport (Fajardo), from San Juan take Road 26 and exit in Road 3 to Fajardo. Once in Fajardo take exit Road 976 and follow the signs.