Let me start by saying it had been my dream to camp on a beach for so long! And I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and adventurous campsite in Culebra, Puerto Rico.
It was Spring Break 2016 when I traveled with a group of friends to Puerto Rico. We were several days into the trip when we headed to the smaller island of Culebra – the part of the trip I had been looking forward to the most. The plan was to camp on the beach, spending the days playing in the clear, tropical waters and of course drinking rum. (We were going to check out the Bacardí Rum Distillery, but distillery tours and tastings were $50?!)
It was the best experience.
Here are some of the best things about Flamenco Beach Campground on Culebra Island:
1. You access the island via ferry
We left behind our rental car and boarded the ferry from Fajardo (a 1-1.5 hr drive from San Juan). The 45 min boat ride cost just $4.50 roundtrip. The only hiccup was that the waters were so rough that my one friend had to use the barf bag provided But other than that, we arrived safely in Culebra. You can also find flights to Culebra for around $100, but I think there’s much less adventure in that!
2. Your campsite is a stone’s throw from the waves
Like I said, it had always been my dream to camp on a beach. And I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful beach, at a more beautiful price of $30/tent/night.
3. There are abandoned army tanks hidden around the shore
Will definitely enliven the explorer within you. My history-nerd friend I traveled with was geeking out.
4. The beaches aren’t overcrowded
We had a lot of the beach to ourselves, even though it was Spring break.
5. Tiny herds of wild chickens roam the beaches
I don’t know why, but I loved it!
6. You will likely meet the coolest neighboring campers
I loved how totally lived-in some of the neighboring campsites looked. Some people fall too in love with the beach, and kind of move in for a few months. These are the exact type of interesting people I always want to get to know.
There were also some people playing the game Bigger or Better. Ever hear of it? You basically approach other people’s campsites with something to trade them. And you just try to trade up for something either bigger or better than what you have! We traded our way up to someone’s spare sleeping pad!