If you want to do some snorkeling, sunbathing, relaxing, hiking, and playing in turquoise waters, you can do all these things in one day and in one place – at Cayo Luis Peña.
This little island is not very popular among tourists but it’s truly a gem. It’s a nature reserve situated just off the west coast of Culebra, right across Playa Tamarindo. It is run by the Department of Natural Resources and is just one part of the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, locally referred to as the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre de Culebra.
You’ll need to cross the 1-mile channel to get there, so kayaking your way to this island is the best option. It’s open 12 hours daily, from 6AM to 6PM so you can’t stay overnight. Some of the activities that are allowed here include snorkeling, swimming, photography, and nature hiking. You can’t go fishing, camping, building campfires or even touching coral reefs. You are also not allowed to take shells and any other natural objects that you find.
What’s So Great About Cayo Luis Peña?
The island is essentially filled with nice coves and rugged terrain. Just like many other islands in the area, there are hardly any people around which means that it’s highly possible that you’ll have the entire little island all to yourself for the entire day. If you have grown tired of the crowded beaches in Puerto Rico, then a trip to Cayo Luis Peña is in order.
Another thing that attracts people here is the natural wonders that the island has to offer. You’ll see with your very eyes Mother Nature’s beauty when you go snorkeling here – amazing reef gardens, numerous marine life, and huge sea turtles frequenting the waters that surround the island. Nature enthusiasts won’t be limited to underwater sightseeing either because the place is also a nesting ground for seabirds and even the endangered hawksbill sea turtles. That said, there are times of the year where certain beaches in Cayo Luis Peña are closed to give way to nesting season.
As mentioned earlier, the best way to get to Cayo Luis Peña is to rent a kayak and your trip starts at Dewey on Culebra. There are several rental shops such as the Culebra Bike Shop. Or you can take a water taxi which costs approximately $45 per person. It’s more expensive but if you would rather not paddle your way to the island then this is your only option.
If you are planning to take a trip to Cayo Luis Peña, you need to remember that there are no facilities and shops on the island. So, please don’t forget to bring water, food, a hat, a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, plastic bags for your trash, and anything else you might need. Also remember to leave nothing and not to take anything that does not belong to you.
Cayo Luis Peña is a beautiful, clean and isolated island surrounded by white sand, blue waters, and lots of nature’s bounties. Let us help keep it this way by taking care of it during our stay.