There are lots of beaches in Culebra, Puerto Rico, but it’s not really what you might call a well-developed tourist spot. After all, the island until recently was a hotspot for military weapons testing, so it wasn’t exactly welcoming for visitors. But that’s the kind of ambiance that’s perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle to find some peace and quiet.
It’s most famous beach is Flamenco Beach, and such is its fame nowadays that it’s becoming very crowded there especially during weekends and holidays. It does tend to defeat the purpose of getting some tranquility and privacy. So if the crowd at Flamenco Beach is getting on your nerves, you can just get up and leave. But you don’t even have to go far to find a picturesque and quiet alternative, because Carlos Rosario Beach is just nearby.
The snorkeling here is great, although you should really avoid standing on the reef. The water is fine and clear, the coral reef is fine and there are lots of fish for you to play with. Someone even complained that there were times when there were too many fish!
It’s always possible to get to Carlos Rosario Beach from town by hiring a water taxi, a boat, or a kayak. But if you’re already in Flamenco Beach, you don’t have to. Carlos Rosario Beach is literally within walking distance.
All you need to do is find the parking lot at Flamenco Beach. There you’ll find a chain-link fence, and it may be partially chained with a lock. Those chains and lock should not keep you from entering the gate and walking the trail, which will get you directly to Carlos Rosario Beach.
There’s also a rather intimidating sign probably left by the US military, reading “DANGER – Unauthorized Personnel Keep Out – Unexploded Ordinances.” So technically you enter and use the trail at your own risk. But this sign seems like some sort of legal technicality that must have been suggested by a lawyer to keep you from filing a lawsuit against the military should something happen.
The truth of the matter is that nothing will happen to you because nothing has happened to anyone, and this trail has been used many times already.
Preparing a Visit to Carlos Rosario Beach
Just be prepared by bringing everything you need, including food and drinks, toilet paper, and perhaps a folding umbrella and a folding chair for each person. Bring trash bags too. There’s nothing to buy or use here except what you’re bringing. No one (especially vendors) will bother you, and on a weekday you probably will have the beach all to yourself.
With Carlos Rosario Beach, you get excellent scenery, superb snorkeling, and a whole lot of privacy.