Is Culebra Safe For Tourists In 2024? – All You Need To Know

Culebra is a small island in Puerto Rico.

It has recently become a popular place to visit for tourists.

But is it safe?

I have been to Culebra many times, so I am well-positioned to discuss this topic.

In this article, I will discuss whether Culebra is safe for tourists.

I will also cover:

What is Culebra?
Is Culebra, Puerto Rico safe for tourists?
Is Culebra safe at night?
Is Culebra safe for solo travelers? 
Is Culebra safe to walk around? 
Is Culebra disability-friendly?


What is Culebra?

Culebra is a small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico.

image of Culebra Island
Culebra is located about 20 miles off the coast of Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Check out Culebra, Puerto Rico – All You Need To Know to learn more about the island.


Is Culebra, Puerto Rico safe for tourists?

Yes, absolutely!

Culebra is a small island, with very few inhabitants.

Most people that are on the island are visitors.

image of Culebra Island
The beaches on Culebra island are famous for their white sands and clear waters.

There are occasional petty crimes like theft that are also common in the mainland of PR.

Make sure to keep valuables safe and your money close to your person and you should be just fine.

It’s also important to keep in mind that the beaches on Culebra do not have lifeguards and to be careful while swimming.


Is Culebra safe at night?

Yes, the island is extremely safe at night.

Flamenco Beach is a popular night visit as there isn’t a lot of light pollution.

image of the sunset in Culebra Island
Nights in Culebra are perfect for stargazing as there is a very small amount of light on the island.

It is my recommendation to avoid swimming at night. 


Is Culebra safe for solo travelers?


Solo hikers and backpackers frequently hike the island.

image of a tourist sitting at the beach
Culebra is the perfect island for a solo traveler.

There is also plenty to do on the small island like spending the day at the beach or taking one of the many group tours available.

You can also visit the local museum to learn more about the history of the Taino people.

If you’re interested in a Culebra tour, check out 12 Best Tours and Excursions in Culebra, Puerto Rico.


Is Culebra safe to walk around?

Yes, and it’s common to see people hiking around the whole island, never renting a car!

image of a street in Culebra
The streets of Culebra are walker friendly, however you will need a vehicle to reach the islands more remote beaches.

If you are careful and plan accordingly, you should have no issues walking in Culebra.


Is Culebra disability-friendly?

Yes, many wheelchair users have visited the island with no issues and had a great experience.

There are many wheelchair-accessible vacation rentals close to Flamenco Beach, and the beach is wheelchair accessible.

image of Culebra Island
Flamenco Beach has a ramp to make access easy for everyone.

Keep in mind – Puerto Rico is a lively place. Locals and tourists enjoy loud music and gatherings.

These noises can happen late at night into the early hours of the day.

If you are someone who is sensitive to loud noises and may have issues sleeping, I would suggest bringing earplugs and a noise machine. 



FAQ section

Is Culebra safe for female travelers?

Yes, there are rarely any issues. Just be cautious with strangers, and be mindful when you drink alcohol.

Is Culebra safe for LGBTQIA+ travelers?

Yes! Locals on Culebra are very laid back. Culebra has some of the most LGBTQ+-friendly beaches in Puerto Rico, and Puerto Rico is the most LGBT-friendly island in the Caribbean.


Final thoughts

Culebra is very safe.

The most common problems are the same as what you would find in mainland United States or Puerto Rico, with theft being the biggest issue.

You can read more about safety in Puerto Rico with our other article Is Puerto Rico Safe for Travel? 12 Things You Should Know.

If you visit Culebra, then I also recommend that you visit the neighboring island Vieques to see the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay. This is a once in a life time experience.

Is Culebra Safe For Tourists In 2024? – All You Need To Know
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Jenny Diaz

Writer at Growing up in New York and spending my summers in Puerto Rico, I have always loved writing, travel, and animals. I began my career as a travel writer, and after many different jobs in media, I have settled back into what I love most. I enjoy the beach, exploring the island with my family, and coffee!

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