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Most visitors come to the Culebra Islands to snorkel, dive, sail, kayak, fish, turtle and bird watch or soak up the sun on one of many deserted beaches. You'll have to deal with uncontrollable urges to go skinny dipping. Some of my most conservative friends have even reported failure to overcome the urge. Two of the beaches are used by endangered species of sea turtles for nesting. Organized volunteer monitoring expeditions are available.
Snorkeling opportunities are almost limitless. There are many excellent sites available from shore, therefore no boat is needed. With 20+ islands to choose from, the diving is superb and diverse in relatively shallow water up to about 100 feet. As the visibility sometimes reaches 100 feet, you'll be able to see divers on the bottom. Water taxi service is available to explore the uninhabited islands. You're dropped off in the morning and picked up in the afternoon after having the island all to yourself for the day! What dreams are made of.
The reefs surrounding Culebra are inhabited by grouper, snapper and other good eating fish. There is an annual marlin tournament. Bonefishing has become popular.
Day sails to Culebrita are available. Culebrita (little Culebra) has two beautiful beaches, incredible tide pools and the "Baths" (see photo, right) where you can swim with numerous tropical fish that inhabit the pools.
The offshore cays are great destinations. Pack your lunch and snorkeling gear for an adventure you'll not soon forget. Rentals are available.
Hikers and mountain bikers follow dirt roads or paths to the far corners of the islands. Bird watchers focus binoculars on the numerous marine and terrestrial birds. Sightseers rent jeeps to reach remote and deserted beaches. The helicopter pad from Navy days is a popular photographic spot with commanding views of Resaca Beach and St. Thomas on the east horizon.
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