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Pristine waters, white sand, and a pleasantly established campsite await you at what is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
If camping on a postcard perfect tropical island is on your bucket list, Flamenco Beach is a must.
Take the ferry from the port in Fajardo (40 min drive from San Juan Airport) to Culebra Island. The cost is $2.25 each way and takes about one hour. The ferries depart at 9:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 5:00 pm daily. Make sure you purchase your tickets in advance as they book up quickly (priority goes to the locals) and you may not be be able to travel until the next day.
Upon arriving on the island, there will be many taxis waiting. The cab ride is about 10 minutes long to Flamenco Beach and the cost is $3 per person.
If the camping office is still open, you can go purchase your permit -- $30 per night per tent (they accept cash only). If you arrive late, go ahead and set up a camp -- the camping office goes around early in the morning and puts tickets on the tents which you can bring in to make your payment.
From the parking lot, take the main trail and you will see the campsites on your left and the beach on the right. All the campsites are just a few steps from the beach, but the most coveted spot is campsite E which is right on the beach (and also the furthest walk from the parking lot).
The amenities at the campsites include flush toilets, outdoor showers, and water tanks with potable water. Trees are abundant so make sure to bring your hammock! (Bugs are also abundant at dawn/dusk so don't forget the bug spray). No campfires are allowed but you can grill with charcoal or fuel based camp stoves.
There are food kiosks near the parking lot with delicious and cheap eats -- and even frozen cocktails and mixed drinks! You will also find a small store where you buy any forgotten supplies and rent snorkel gear.
Make sure to take the short hike (go through the gate at the parking lot) to the amazing Carlos Rosario Beach which is snorkeling and sea turtle heaven!
- Sleeping bag / sleeping pad
- Flashlight / headlamp
- Bug spray
- Sun screen
- Snorkel gear (you can also rent at the store)
- Rope to hang your wet clothes after swimming
- Cash for the food kiosks and camping fees
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