Looking to visit one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico? Well then you, our fine friend need to make your way to Puerto Rico’s island of Culebra! Wondering how to get to Culebra? From day trips to ferries and flights, we have a complete transportation guide on the best way to get to Culebra Puerto Rico below.
How To Get to Culebra from San Juan Puerto Rico
Where is Culebra Puerto Rico?
You’ve read about the beaches and Culebra’s amazing snorkeling, but where is Culebra exactly?
Culebra is a small island located 17 miles (27 km) east of the mainland of Puerto Rico. Home to crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and loads of marine life (like sea turtles), Culebra is a beach goers dream!
Getting To Culebra
Since Culebra is an island, driving to Culebra is not possible. Wah, wah, wah. So, how do you get to Culebra then?
Well, there are three ways you can get to Culebra island. The first transportation option is to book a day trip, the second is to take the a ferry and the third is to fly.
Culebra Day Trip (Getting There Option 1)
If you don’t have the time to do an overnight or several day trip to Culebra island or just like the idea of someone planning your trip for you, then a day trip is perfect for you!
Ferry To Culebra (Getting There Option 2)
The second transportation option and it also happens to be the cheapest way to get to Culebra is the taking the high-speed ferry from Ceiba.
NOTE: The ferry from Puerto Rico to Culebra USED to be located in Fajardo. Ferry service to Culebra no longer operates out of Fajardo. It now operates out of Ceiba.
San Juan to Ceiba Ferry Terminal
Staying in Old San Juan and wondering, “How do I get from San Juan to Ceiba ferry?” Welp, it’s simple. You’ll need to take a Uber or Taxi to get from Old San Juan to the Ceiba Ferry Terminal.
The ride from San Juan to Ceiba is about an hour (33 m / 53 km) and for an Uber, we paid about $75 (one way, not including tip).
Culebra Ferry Tickets
There is no guarantee you’ll be able to purchase a ferry ticket once you arrive at the ferry terminal in Ceiba, so it’s best to book your ferry ticket ahead of time.
You can buy tickets in advance at PORFERRY. You’ll have your tickets emailed to you and that is what you’ll show to the ferry terminal worker as you are in line to board ferry to Culebra.
NOTE: The PORFERRY site is in Spanish. If Spanish is a foreign language to you, make sure you have your “Google Translate” on and with a simple click, the site turns to English.
We recommend not buying your ticket in person on the day of your departure, but if you’d like to, the ticket window opens 1 hour before each scheduled departure.
How Much is The Ferry to Culebra?
The ferry to Culebra is a really affordable way to visit one of Puerto Rico’s most popular island. Below are tickets prices that will help you plan your trip to your Puerto Rican island getaway.
|Person||Culebra Ferry Ticket Cost|
|Infants (0-2)||$0.00 per person, one way|
|Children (3-11)||$1.00 per person, one way|
|Adults (12-59)||$2.25 per person, one way|
|Seniors (60-74)||$1.25 per person, one way|
|Senior (75+)||$0.00 per person, one way|
|Disabled||$1.13 per person, one way|
How Long Is The Ferry Ride to Culebra
The ferry ride to Culebra itself is a 45 minutes ride, but for planning purposes, 3 hours is more accurate for the one-way trip as a whole.
3 hours, you say?!? Well yes, let us explain…
If you add up the total time it takes you to get to Culebra, you’re looking at about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
- 1 hour: The ride from San Juan to Ceiba
- 1 hour: The suggested arrival time at the ferry terminal before your scheduled departure
- 45 minutes: The ferry ride
See, about three hours 🙂
The 45 minute ferry ride flies by and it’s a very comfortable – cushioned seats, AC, outdoor as well as indoor seating.
Ceiba to Culebra Ferry Schedule
There are several daily ferry departures that operate weekly. For more details, check out the ferry schedule below.
|Depart Ceiba for Culebra||Depart Culebra for Ceiba|
For the most up-to-date ferry schedule, please visit PORFERRY
For planning purposes, if you take the 9:00am ferry, you’ll need to leave San Juan at 6:45am/7am for you to arrive at the ferry terminal by 8am for your 9am departure. Remember, it’s recommended to arrive an hour before your scheduled departure.
If you take the 9am ferry, you can plan to have your feet on Culebra soil by 9:45am and your toes in the sand around 11:00am 🙂
Culebra Puerto Rico Ferry Planning Tips
Book In Advance
Play the better safe than sorry route and do yourself a favor and book your ferry ticket to Culebra in advance. We’d hate for you to travel 1-hour from San Juan and have tickets be sold out.
Get To The Ferry Terminal An Hour Early
Plan to arrive at the Ceiba Ferry Terminal an hour before your scheduled departure. An hour will give you plenty of time to get the lay of the land, grab a snack and line up to ensure you get a seat on the ferry.
Pay Attention Where You Line Up
As you line up to catch the ferry, pay attention. The left side of the queue is for passengers going to Culebra where as the right side of the queue is for passengers going to Vieques.
Thirsty and Hungry?
There is small cafe located within the Ceiba Ferry Terminal – The Surf Shack.
The Surf Shack offers coffee, muffins, chips and hot sandwiches for those needing some food before jumping on the 45-minute ferry.
There is also wifi and outlets in the cafe for those who need it.
Parking At The Ceiba Ferry Terminal
If you have a rental car, there is a public parking located next to the ferry terminal where you can leave your car for about $5 per day.
Each passenger visiting Culebra can board with a small piece of luggage for no additional fees.
If you’re carrying on items like coolers, umbrellas, surf boards, etc. you’ll need to pay additional fees. Depending on what exactly you’re carrying on, the prices vary from an additional $1 to $6 USD one way.
Flights to Culebra (Getting There Option 3)
The third and final option on how to get to Culebra happens to be one of our favorites – the San Juan to Culebra flight. Flying to Culebra from San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is as easy and 1-2-3.
Culebra Airport Airlines
Culebra’s Airport is known as Aeropuerto Benjamín Rivera Noriega. It’s a small airport that operates several daily flights to and from the mainland of Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.
There are a few airlines that fly from San Juan to Culebra – Silver Airways and Cape Air. Other airlines like Air Flamenco and Vieques Air Link fly to and from Culebra but to Cieba instead of Old San Juan.
San Juan to Culebra Flight Cost & Flight Time
The flight time is about a 30 to 35 minute flight costing anywhere from $89 – $135 for a one-way ticket.
For reference, from take off to touch down, our flight took about 28 minutes.
About The Flight To Culebra
The flight into Culebra can be a bit bumpy but the scenery more than makes up for the bumpy ride!
The airline we flew with was Cape Air and allow us to paint a little picture for you. We left Flamenco Beach an hour before our flight and with sand still on our toes and salt water in our hair, we took off for San Juan.
No stress, easy-peasy.
Before we knew it, we were in San Juan and back in our hotel showering up for dinner that night.
So, What’s The Best Way To Get to Culebra?
Really, it’s up to you! Personal preference as they say. But if you’re asking us (the people who took the high speed ferry and flight), we’d have to say flying.
When comparing ticket prices, the ferry is by far the cheapest option – which is why we booked it.
However, our first mistake was not even entertaining the idea of flying to Culebra. When you add in the drive time, the cost to get from San Juan to Ceiba and then taking the high-speed ferry, flying to Culebra isn’t that absurd of an option.
After looking into the flight more, we forwent our return ferry ticket to Ceiba and booked a one-way ticket flight from Culebra to San Juan. For us, it was totally worth it and a great experience!
If your goal is to spend as much time on the island as possible, we say fly. If you have the time to spare and are in no hurry, the high-speed ferry is for you.
- The Luxury Inclined: The Seabourne Hotel offers private balconies and bay views, making this hotel perfect for relaxing. With an easy to access dock and signature rum cocktails, a few days at Seabourne will have you feeling right.
- The Budget Conscious: Hotel Kokomo is located in the center of town close to the ferry terminal, restaurants and bars. Offering private rooms with AC, Kokomo is a great place to call home for a few days.
- Something in Between: Mamacitas Guest House is situated along a water way. With an onsite restaurant and bar, Mamacita’s is a great location on Culebra.
For more accommodation choices and places to stay on Culebra, you can check the latest place and prices here to secure an unforgettable Puerto Rican accommodation.
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