about nineteen miles east of Puerto Rico and eight miles north of
Vieques, Culebra is the smallest of the inhabited Spanish Virgin
Islands. She is seven miles long and 3 miles wide.
Culebra is an arid island, having no rivers or streams. She gets her
water from Puerto Rico via Vieques. Because of the lack of run-off from
streams and rivers, Culebra boasts crystal clear waters with sixty feet
of visibility on a bad day.
Culebra is an island municipality under the domain of Puerto Rico, which
has been under the protection of the United States, since its annexation
from Spain in 1898. In 1909 the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge was
established. The refuge takes in over one thousand four hundred acres of
land and is well known both as a nesting area for numerous seabirds, as
well as the endangered leatherback turtle and Culebra giant anole.
Culebra has by about three thousand residents. The quiet, unspoiled
island has little to offer in nightlife, except for a quiet, safe walk
in the moonlight or the occasional sound of guitar music from one of her
few night spots. The island has little crime and very little to do, but
relax at the beach or your favorite watering hole. The snorkeling and
scuba diving around Culebra are outstanding. Hard and soft corals abound
in the shallows and magnificent reefs encircle the island. Tropical fish
and other sea life abound. The depths rarely exceed one hundred feet.