Caleta Tortuga, 'Turtle Cove' in Spanish, is located on a scenic hillside overlooking Ensenada Honda. It is situated in such a way that the trade winds provide excellent ventilation year-round. For times when nature’s cooling isn’t quite enough, there are two air conditioned bedrooms to help keep you comfortable. Including a futon in the living room, there is ample room for up to six. Two full bathrooms mean no waiting for the facilities. The front deck is spacious, welcoming and an ideal place to relax and plan your day. It faces south-southeast so watching a beautiful Caribbean sunrise with a hot cup of your favorite beverage is easy and convenient. The tiled kitchen features a full-size stove and refrigerator, blender, microwave oven and a complete assortment of cookware, utensils and accessories.
For those seeking a golden glow, the wrap-around deck allows for ideal sun light no matter what the time of day. The Kenmore gas grill is there if you want to enjoy a juicy burger or sizzling steak. When you are ready to go exploring, you will find that Caleta Tortuga is just about perfectly located and only minutes away from anywhere on the island. Other amenities include ceiling/pedastal fans throughout, linens, towels, 32-inch flat screen TV and DVD player.
For those unfamiliar with the island, Culebra is located about midway between mainland Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, USVI. With a full-time population of only 2,000 people, it is a quiet, peaceful haven for those who seek to unwind and feel stress melt away. In spite of our diminutive size and population, however, we are home to several stellar restaurants. Our favorite is easily Zacos Tacos, but don’t let the name fool you. There is far more on the menu than just tacos, although we have never found a reason to try anything else. Other noteworthy restaurants include Susie’s, El Eden and the Dinghy Dock, just to name a few. There is also a plethora of superb food trucks located on the island. We haven’t tried them all, but so far every one has been a winner. You will also find not only the world famous Flamenco Beach, but many less-traveled and equally breath-taking beaches, all waiting to be discovered by you. But you don’t have to take our word for it, because Travel and Leisure magazine named Culebra as its top island in the Caribbean for 2013!
When on Culebra, make sure you find the time to visit Isla Culebrita, the small island off the eastern shore. It is home to Tortuga Beach, the inspiration for the name of this home. Also on Culebrita are some fabulous tidal pools fed by waves coming in from the open ocean. The power and fury of this display is truly inspiring. We love to scramble across the rocks, find a good vantage point and just lose ourselves in the majesty. It is almost a spiritual awakening.
One final note: As has been mentioned in some reviews below, the house is in a residential neighborhood and your day just might begin with the roosters crowing. You might also see or hear evidence of dogs, lizards, iguanas and of course, lots of birds. After having vacationed on several different Caribbean islands, we have come to expect such “local color” and to us it is a welcome reminder that we are not in Kansas anymore. We mention these facts because we genuinely want you to love your stay on Culebra so that you will return again and again, regardless of where you choose to lay your head.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How far is the nearest beach?
Flamenco is the nearest beach and can be reached in 5 to 10 minutes via golf cart or jeep.
Do I need a vehicle to get around and enjoy everything the island has to offer?
In our opinion, yes, a vehicle is necessary. While a healthy person could walk to Town or Flamenco with no problems, we think a vehicle is necessary for really getting to know Culebra. Beaches like Zoni, Brava and Resaca are spectacular and you won’t want to spend your time walking to them. However, if you prefer to simply relax on the porch with a cool beverage and a stack of good books, then no vehicles will be needed.
Do you supply beach-related items?
Yes! We have beach chairs, towels, a cooler, snorkel equipment, and even a few assorted beach toys for those with children.
Do you supply toiletries?
Since toiletries can be such a personal decision, we only provide a few select items. We supply Dawn dish washing liquid for use in the kitchen, anti-bacterial hand soap for use in the bathrooms and a generic body wash for use in the showers. If you prefer something more specific, make sure to bring it with you.