WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND OUR VISITORS TO FLY TO CULEBRA INSTEAD OF TAKING THE PASSENGER FERRY. Flying is the most reliable--and least time-consuming--way to get to Culebra. The ferry system historically has been unreliable, especially for non-residents.
BY PASSENGER FERRY:
You may check the schedule and buy passenger tickets online at https://www.puertoricoferry.com or in person at the Ceiba ticket office. However, if you are unable to buy the tickets way ahead of time, we would strongly suggest you take the airplane.
Ferries to/from Culebra depart from the port town of Ceiba, Puerto Rico. The port of Ceiba is 1.25 hours from San Juan International Airport (SJU) under light traffic conditions, and 2.5 hours on rush times. A taxi (or “publico van”) is readily available as you exit the airport in San Juan; $90-100 for the trip for your family group. UBER, when available, would be somewhat cheaper.
Passenger ferries are fast (45 minutes). The cargo ferries take 1.5 - 2.0 hours, and also carry passengers. The present one-way subsidized fare is $2.25 + book fees, per person, and is expected to increase soon to about $11.00.
We strongly recommend that you purchase the ferry tickets online in advance to avoid lines at the ticket office and assure that there is space for you.
If coming by ferry, you should take the PASSENGER ferry, which lands at the dock in town (Dewey, Culebra), while most of the CARGO ferries would land at a dock at San Ildefonso, away from town (Dewey).
If you are flying in from abroad and want to take the passenger boat to Culebra to check-in at Tamarindo Estates that same day, you would need to land into San Juan not later than 12:00 Noon. This would normally allow sufficient time to get your luggage and then the taxi to the Ceiba ferry dock. The last boat you may take and still be able to check in at Tamarindo Estates departs Ceiba at 3:00 PM.We recommend that you do not rent a car on the main island of PR to take on the cargo ferry to Culebra. Bookings for cars on the cargo ferry are very limited, insurance may not cover if you take car on the ferry, and you would not be able to get roadside assistance on Culebra from the rental company. It is highly recommended that you first get to Culebra without a car and rent a car from the local Culebra companies.
Most of the airplanes to Culebra depart from San Juan Isla Grande Airport (SIG), some depart from San Juan International Airport (SJU), and they take only about 35 minutes from San Juan. The flight from Ceiba to Culebra takes about 12 minutes. Flights between San Juan and Culebra are about $90 pp each way and between Ceiba and Culebra $50 pp each way. For airline schedules, please call the airlines or visit their websites.
VIEQUES AIR LINK (VAL) www.viequesairlink.com 787.741.8331.
CAPE AIR www.capeair.com 508.771.6944
Taxi Aéreo http://taxiaereopr.travel/, Air America Caribbean http://airamericacaribbean.com/, MN Aviation http://www.mnaviation.com/, Air Margarita (787.529.2336) http://www.airmargarita.com, Air Flamenco http://www.airflamenco.net, and Vieques Air Link http://www.viequesairlink.com. Below is more information.
MAIN LOCAL AIRLINES
Guests coming from abroad would typically arrive at the San Juan International Airport (SJU). Most of the flights from San Juan to Culebra (CPX) depart from the smaller Isla Grande Airport (SIG), which is a 15-20 minute taxi ride from San Juan International Airport (SJU). The flight from San Juan takes about 35 minutes to Culebra (CPX). The flight from Ceiba to Culebra takes about 12 minutes.
Flights between San Juan and Culebra vary from about $90 pp each way and between Ceiba and Culebra $50 pp each way. Airlines charge for overweight luggage. You may check details with them.
1. Vieques Air Link
INFO & RESERVATIONS
2. Air Flamenco
INFO & RESERVATIONS
3. CAPE AIR
......AIR CHARTERS........ Chartered flights, timed more at your convenience, are another option. If your group has 5 people, the per person cost could be about the same as in a scheduled flight.
Air America Caribbean
Vieques Air L.
ONCE YOU ARE IN CULEBRA, HOW DO YOU GET TO THE RENTAL APARTMENT AT TAMARINDO ESTATES?
FROM THE CULEBRA FERRY DOCK keep driving on main street (Rd. #250) towards the airport. FROM THE AIRPORT location drive or take a taxi to Tamarindo Estates, 7 to 10 minutes. From the airport, stay on Rd #251 North for about 1.3 miles; at Km. 2.2 (by the yellow house) turn left into Tamarindo road till the very end (about 3/4 mile). At the circle on TAMARINDO ESTATES BEACH APTS., walk to the office building and follow the posted instructions for check in.
RENTAL CARS: Both Jerry’s Jeep Rental and Carlos Jeeps have their service booths at the airport terminal, where you can arrange to rent or pick up a car.
MORE DETAILS ON TRANSPORTATION TO CULEBRA ISLAND:FLYING FROM THE UNITED STATES TO SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO: For people coming from abroad, the easiest way to reach Culebra is via San Juan, Puerto Rico. The flight from New York to San Juan takes 3 1/2 hours; from Miami to San Juan it's 1 1/2 hours. WE RECOMMEND OUR VISITORS TO FLY TO CULEBRA FROM THE MAINLAND PUERTO RICO. San Juan International Airport (SJU) is served from the U.S. Mainland by American Airlines, Delta, US Airways, Continental, Northwest, Spirit Air, and United. From the rest of the world, San Juan (SJU) Airport is served by Air Canada Vacations, Canadian Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa's partner Condor, Copa Airlines, Iberia, and LACSA-Group Taca.
FLYING FROM SAN JUAN TO CULEBRA: There are basically two ways of travelling from the 'Big Island' of Puerto Rico to Culebra. You can either take an airplane or take the passenger boat. Flying to Culebra is usually the most hassle free option, and in 35 minutes you can get from San Juan to Culebra. Flying in from San Juan to Culebra is in most cases the only way to be able to check in into your hotel the same day of your flight from abroad. There are several daily flights arriving in Culebra from San Juan Isla Grande Airport (SIG) on Vieques Air Link (787-722-3736) and Air Flamenco (787-724-6464). You may also consider chartering a plane to expedite your arrival.
Major Air Carriers Serving San Juan International Airport (SJU) from the U.S. and Abroad
American Airlines, phone 800-433-7300, flies from NYC, Newark, Boston, Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and St. Louis
Delta, phone 800-241-4141, offers service from Atlanta
United, phone 800-538-2929, flies from Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Spirit Air, phone 800-756-7117, flies from Fort Lauderdale with connections from New York, Atlantic City, and Detroit
Lufthansa's partner, Condor, flies out of Germany
LACSA-Group Taca flies from San José, Costa Rica
Copa Airlines serves San Juan from Panama and major Central and South Amerca's cities
Continental, phone 800-231-0856 has daily service from Newark, Houston, and Cleveland
Northwest, phone 800-447-4747, flies from Detroit, Memphis, and Minneapolis
US Airways, phone 800-428-4322, flies from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Charlotte
Air Canada Vacations, phone 800-774-8993,offers service from Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary
Canadian Airlines, phone 800-426-7000 serves San Juan from Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary
British Airways, phone 0845-7222-111 in the U.K. flies from London
PASSENGER AND CARGO FERRIES - CEIBA/CULEBRA
Approaching the Culebra ferry docks
One of the cargo ferries
Passenger dock in Culebra.
Passenger boat departing Culebra
Another passenger ferry
P. O. Box 313, Culebra, P. R. 00775, Tel. (787) 742-3343
PR Rd.251, Km 2.2 (Interior), End of Tamarindo Rd.), Culebra, P.R. 00775
GPS Coordinates: 18.3130° N, 65.3162° W
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