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Because Culebra is off the beaten track, it is protected from tourist invasion to a great extent — but that also means it takes careful planning to get there without too many delays.

Get information on all the scheduled local flights or ferries, then coordinate connection times before booking your jet flight to San Juan. That way you can minimize waiting in airport/ferry lounges— and maximize lounge time on the beach.

ALLOW AT LEAST 2 HOURS between your jet flight and the local flight (1 hour if you fly out of or into San Juan International) or the ferry, traveling both to and from Culebra. Flight delays or heavy traffic can disrupt tighter scheduling.

Don't rent a car on the main island and try to take it to Culebra on the cargo ferry. You can't. There are various good reasons for this: reservations on the cargo ferry are usually very limited; insurance may not cover damage or liability incurred on Culebra; and most important of all if you need roadside assistance on the (sometimes rough) roads of Culebra your car rental company can't help you out. It is definitely better to first get to Culebra and then rent your vehicle there. See local rental car listings on our Getting Around page.

 

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Flying is the fastest, simplest way to get to Culebra. Three scheduled airlines service Culebra from San Juan. They fly to/from SJ international (SJU) and also to/from the smaller local airport, Isla Grande. The fare is higher flying to/from SJ International but saves you the taxi trip between airports. There is also a charter airline. The flight takes about 1/2 hour and is a wonderful way to see the coastline of the main island and get a bird's-eye view approaching Culebra. 
 
Isla Grande is a local airport about 15 minutes (if no traffic) by taxi from SJ International Airport. Fare between airports is approx $25 (per ride, not per person). Airline options are listed below. Flights vary from about $72-$150 each way (depending on airport, airline, demand, etc). They charge aditional per lb for overweight luggage (including carry-on). See websites for current overweight limits and $/lb charges.
 

OR you can take a 1-hour taxi ride (about $85) from the airport to the port of Fajardo where you board a ferry to Culebra. The ferry schedules can change without notice due to weather, repairs, availability, holiday travel, etc.  Fare is $2.25 each way. The ferry ride is about 2 hours, depending on the boat. There are are a limited number of daily crossings in each direction. On holidays or long weekends, there may be more passengers than space on the boat, so get to the ticket office a few hours ahead on these days. You cannot make advance reservations (except for resident vehicles). TripAdvisor forums about the ferry service are helpful. See info below.

  

BY AIR 

You can now book and pay on line with all three airlines. Be sure to print out your boarding pass or confirmation receipt and bring it with you.  Check airline websites for most up-to-date flight times.

AIR FLAMENCO http://airflamenco.net 877.535.2636 / 787.724.1818 

VIEQUES AIR LINK (VAL) www.viequesairlink.com  888.901.9247 

CAPE AIR  https://www.capeair.com 800.CAPEAIR (800.227.3247) 

 

CHARTER: AIR MARGARITA  Sergio Molinas  787.724.4498 

BY FERRY 

It's a good idea to call ahead to check the schedule if you plan to ferry over. They change without notice. 

Information 787.494.0934 ext2727, 2728, 2729 /Fajardo 787.860.2005 /Culebra 787.742.3161 

Passengers can also travel on the cargo ferries. Rented vehicles are not permitted on cargo boats; car rentals must be booked on Culebra (preferably in advance). Extreme weather or other conditions may affect departure/arrival times. A good rule of thumb: On days you are late the ferry is likely to leave early, and on days you are early, it is likely to leave late. Get to the terminal a few hours ahead to buy tickets. especially on holidays or heavy-traffic days (like shopping before a holiday). Passenger boat takes about 1-1/2 hours, cargo boat about 2 hours. 

 
FERRY SCHEDULE 2016
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WEEKDAYS
FAJARDO > CULEBRA
Passenger 9AM, 3PM, 7PM
Cargo 4AM, 5PM (+ Wed & Fri 9AM)
 
 
WEEKDAYS 
CULEBRA > FAJARDO
Passenger 6:30AM, 1PM, 5PM
Cargo 7AM, 7PM 
 

WEEKENDS / HOLIDAYS
Passenger ferries only, similar schedule (varies) 

 

 

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