Culebra is a tiny nugget of paradise right off of Puerto Rico’s Northeast coast that just happens to have some of the most beautiful beaches in all of the Caribbean. In fact when I first saw it’s powder sand and cerulean blue waters it reminded me of the poster ready beaches found on the Greek Isles. And yet no passport is needed(as an American) and it’s about 3,000 miles closer.
However, if you do want dance your Shakira off, this island is not for you. Culebra is blissfully void of dance clubs, high end shopping and hip hotels. Although the smattering of restaurants and accommodations will keep you well taken care of for a few nights stay and day trips as well. This is a place to tune the world out.
Tip: Everything I said goes out the window during holidays celebrated in Puerto Rico (especially during Holy Week) where it becomes so overwhelmed by campers that it resembles Woodstock sans Jimmy and Janis. So make sure you check before you leave.
Hotel recommendation: Club Seabourne is a nice place to stay, great staff, clean refreshing rooms (let’s hear it for air conditioning!) and really good food.