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Hola! Thank you for your interest in Culebra and our rental properties. Culebra is known to those who cherish it as "the Spanish Virgin Island." It is a tiny unspoiled treasure of the Caribbean. Officially, Culebra is part of Puerto Rico so visitors are within a commonwealth of the United States. Passports are unnecessary and the currency is U.S. dollars. There are approximately 2,500 residents and most will return a smile or hola. The official language is Spanish though a majority of the people speak English. Culebra caters to eco-tourism providing great opportunities for turtle watching, sailing, snorkeling, diving, surfing, flats and off shore fishing, sea kayaking, bird watching, and hiking. You won't find any major hotels, casinos, fast- food chains or night clubs. What you will find are some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. The coral formations around the pristine shoreline and the surrounding Cays make up an underwater forest of uncompromising beauty and adventure. Culebra (includes island of Culebra and smaller off island islands that are officially part of Culebra) is largely undeveloped with approximately one third of its 7,000 acres designated as wildlife reserves. Please read the "Zoning Section" of this web site for an understanding of how and why Culebra is different from most Caribbean Islands and therefore very special. Culebra is accessible from San Juan International Airport and the Isla Grande Airport via Flamenco Airlines 787-724-1818 and VAL 787-741-8331. Isla Grande Airport is a 10 minute cab ride from the International Airport but the flights are more affordable. Affordable and reliable air charters- Air Margarita (Sergio) 787- 529-2336 or 787-550-4294 and Air American Caribbean- 787-460-7558.
An alternate method of travel is to take the ferry out of Fajardo. This adventure requires an approx 45 mile cab ride from the airport and a one and half to two hour ferry ride. There have been recent improved scheduling changes to the schedule call us for more information on this on this option.
Culebra Island Realty is owned and operated by Jim & Cheryl Galasso. Jim is a retired law enforcement officer from Long Island, New York. Jim is a licensed real estate broker and Cheryl is a licensed sales person in Puerto Rico. Since 1997 they have owned and operated Culebra Island Realty and have specialized in real estate and private vacation rental homes. On Culebra between guest houses and small hotels there are only about 375 rentable rooms. This limits the accessibility to Culebra. So Culebra Island Realty offers visitors the affordable opportunity to enjoy the island from a different perspective and with more privacy and comfort. We have developed an attractive list of privately owned rental properties. In the "Vacation Rental Information" section of this web site there is more information about Culebra and a list of these homes for your examination. The eastern half of Culebra has approximately 65 homes. Most of this area is zoned either one or five or twenty -five acres per house. The homes on the eastern side of Culebra will offer you very secluded and nicely appointed homes for your Culebra experience and most are a short distance to the magnificent Zoni Beach. For those of you reading old guide books , the road to the eastern end of Culebra has been fully paved and is in excellent condition. All our homes have fully equipped kitchens. All linen and towels are provided. Our service includes free airport or ferry pick- up. We also provide all types information upon request.  It is important to reserve your jeep or vehicle early –we specifically DO NOT recommend “Golf Cart” rentals to anyone renting a house out east. There are a few homes that require four wheel drive jeep type vehicles. Golf carts are ok for a few of the homes we represent in or around the small hamlet of town that is 3 blocks by 3 blocks. Jeep Rentals Agencies we recommend- Jerry’s Jeep- 787-742-0526 and 787-742-0587 And Carlos Jeep – 787-742-3514.  If you are interested in any of our properties, please contact us via email culebrarentals@att.net or call Cheryl directly at 787-435-6596 and we will be happy to answer your questions. Our reservation policy requires a 50% deposit by personal check or money order which confirms your reservation. Your deposit is non- refundable unless we are able to rebook your rental dates minus a twenty-five dollar service charge. The 50% balance is due upon check in and is payable in either cash, traveler's checks, bank certified check or money order. At check-in a security deposit is required to cover loss, breakage, or the need for excessive cleaning. The amount of the security deposit varies between $150 to $1200 depending upon the house. The security deposit is refunded via mail. Also due at check in is a 7% tax charged by Puerto Rico on all short term vacation rentals. This tax became effective April 1, 2004. Finally, if your heart and soul are capture by the beauty, simplicity and peace that Culebra offers speak to Jim or Cheryl. He is a licensed real estate broker (Lic #7885), Cheryl is a licensed sales person in Puerto Rico. They are the owners of Culebra Island Realty.
**PLEASE CALL JIM AT 787-742-0227 or 787-435-6752 FOR REAL ESTATE
**PLEASE CALL CHERYL AT 787-435-6596 FOR RESERVATIONS

LAST UPDATED MAY 1, 2014