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How To Get To Flamenco Beach Culebra, Puerto Rico

Detailed instructions on how to get to Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico on a budget. 

walkway to playa flamenco puerto rico

If you are considering a trip to Culebra, the small island off the coast of Puerto Rico, then you are probably wondering how to get to Flamenco Beach. 

Playa Flamenco (as it’s know to locals) is the most popular beach on Culebra and often makes it onto lists of the top beaches in the world

However, it is a bit complicated to get to Flamenco Beach.

Here’s how to get to Culebra and then get to the beach plus a cost breakdown.

How To Get To Culebra

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The first step in getting to Playa Flamenco Puerto Rico is getting to the island of Culebra, which is 17 miles off the east coast of Puerto Rico. 

You can get to Culebra on a small plane or ferry.

We opted for the ferry since it was WAY cheaper and more flexible. 

The ferry ride is 45 minutes each way and only costs $2.25 for adults and $1 for kids. 

overhead view of culebra from plane

If you are interested in flying to Culebra, here are some details:

  • Flights depart daily from San Juan and Ceiba (on the east coast, an hour from San Juan). 
  • Flights from Ceiba are $45 each way on Air Flamenco.
  • Flights from San Juan are $89 each way on Cape Air.

If it is in your budget to fly, it is the fastest way to get to Culebra.

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Ferry To Culebra

inside of ferry to culebra from cieba

The ferry is run by Puerto Rico Ferry out of the Ceiba ferry terminal, which is a little over an hour from San Juan. 

Definitely buy your tickets at least two weeks in advance because they do sell out!

The ferry was very nice and comfortable inside and exceeded my expectations. 

However be warned that the 45 minute ride to Culebra is quite rough. 

girl in seats on culebra ferry

Some people definitely got sick and I even started feeling queasy the last few minutes of the ride. Luckily my daughter was fine!

On the plus side, we did see some whales at the surface as we approached Culebra which was a treat. 

Also, the return ride to Ceiba is MUCH smoother and shouldn’t cause any issues. 

map of cieba to culebra ferry routescreenshot of ordering ferry tickets for cieba to culebra

Tickets are super affordable at $2.25 for adults, $1.00 for kids and $1.00 for seniors each way. 

After you buy your tickets online you’ll get an email with QR codes that will be scanned as you enter the ferry. This is super convenient!

The schedule changes seasonally so I suggest checking the PORFERRY site for your dates. 

For example, in June the passenger ferries leave Ceiba for Culebra at:

  • 6:00 am
  • 9:00 am
  • 1:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm

You’ll want to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time to allow time to get from the parking lot to the ferry building and get your tickets scanned, etc. 

In June the ferry returns from Culebra to Ceiba at these times:

  • 7:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 2:30 pm
  • 5:30 pm

When we went there was also a late ferry that left at 9:30 pm, which is what we ended up taking back. 

You can buy your tickets in advance from the PORFERRY site. 

I strongly suggest you buy your tickets at least two weeks in advance because the popular times do sell out.

We wanted to take the 9:00 am ferry but it was sold out, so we had to take an 11 am ferry instead. 

Our roundtrip for one adult and one child was $7.

Ceiba Ferry Terminal Parking

parking lot from above

You do have to pay to park your car at the Ceiba ferry terminal. 

When we went the cost was $8 per day. You can pay by cash or credit card. 

Unfortunately, the parking is not directly next to the terminal. 

You can walk (about 10 minutes) or take a free shuttle bus. 

Keep in mind that when the ferry returns there are a lot of people trying to get back to the parking lot at once and you will likely have to wait for a shuttle. 

How To Get To Flamenco Beach: Ceiba Ferry Terminal 

cafe in cieba ferry terminal puerto rico

There is a cute little cafe inside the ferry building if you need to grab a snack. There are restrooms as well. 

seating in ceiba ferry terminal

To get into the waiting area for the ferry you will have your tickets scanned on your phone (or you can print them out of course). 

The waiting area was great – covered to protect you from the sun and kept cool by giant fans. 

mom and daughter with shaved ice

There was a man selling shaved ice in the waiting area so we got some while we waited. 

They started to board the ferry about 20 minutes before departure. 

How To Get To Flamenco Beach from Dewey Ferry Terminal

jeep rental playa flamenco puerto rico

The ferry from Ceiba arrives in Culebra in the only town on the island, Dewey. 

Flamenco Beach is about 3 miles from town, so getting there is the next leg of your journey. 

You can either take a public shared van (publico) or rent a vehicle for the day. 

The cost per person for the publico is $6 round trip cash. This is a set cost so you won’t be gouged on the price!

There are dozens of shuttle buses waiting outside the ferry terminal so just grab the first one with room and you are good to go. 

Or you can rent a Jeep or golf cart for the day through the popular Carlos Jeep Rental. Just be sure to make your reservation well in advance!

If you do rent a vehicle it is $5 to park at Flamenco Beach.

How To Get To Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico: Cost

girl walking on flamenco beach in puerto rico

As you can see, it is complicated to get to Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico – but that is part of the adventure of going here!

And once you set foot on the slice of paradise, it will all be worth it. 

Here is a breakdown of the costs involved in getting to Playa Flamenco Puerto Rico for one adult and one child:

  • Ferry terminal parking: $8
  • Round trip ferry tickets: $7
  • Publico transport to the beach: $12
  • Entrance fee/donation to the beach: $4

The total cost to visit Flamenco Beach for the day was about $15 per person.

Wow, does that seem like a deal when I look back on the experience!

I hope this post answers all of your questions about how to get to Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico. 


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Saturday 25th of November 2023

Whats your recommendations for going from san juan to Ceiba? Also does the ferry takes a car if I rent one.



Tuesday 25th of July 2023

Do you think if we show up at 4am at the ferry terminal on a Saturday- 5 of us would get on a ferry noon? The puerto rico ferry thing - I was not successful with :( in booking in advance- the don't release tickets predictably. Basically, my question is -can we "wing it"? Thanks!


Saturday 29th of July 2023

Yes, there are tickets available the day of. You shouldn't have any trouble!


Monday 24th of July 2023

Leah thank you very much for all the information. Question there is umbrella or beach chair rental?


Saturday 29th of July 2023

Yes, there are umbrella and beach chair rentals!


Friday 30th of June 2023

Hi Leah! Thank you for this information! We are looking to go to Culebra with a toddler and 8 month old, both needing car seats. Ideally we would like to take the public van to avoid the steep jeep rental cost. Do you know what families with little kids do in this situation? Thank you!


Saturday 1st of July 2023

Hi Heidi! I assume people just hold the kids, much like on Disney World transportation where car seats aren't permitted. The public van ride is short and you'll not go more than 35 mph. But if you're wanting car seats the only option is to rent a car or Jeep for the day.


Saturday 10th of June 2023

Hi! I’m wondering how to navigating with a 10 month old. Will they let us on the shuttle? I will have him in a baby carrier. Is the shuttle free? Are there umbrella and chair rentals on the beach?


Sunday 11th of June 2023

Hi Sarah! The shuttle is paid - when I went it was $5 per person. I assume they will let you on with your little one, I can't imagine them leaving you stranded. And yes, there are plenty of umbrella and chair rentals on the beach. If you are nervous about the shuttle, your other option is to rent a vehicle for the day:

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