Sunday, January 3, 2021

Dewey Puerto Rico Isla Culebra Travel Guide

When you arrive to Culebra, either by ferry or by plane, Dewey is the Island's main port of entry.  The small town will be the first place you see and it will be where you will most likely get most of your provisions while on Culebra.  With this in mind, it is good for the camper or visitor to Culebra to get to know the town right away. 

Dewey is a very small and easily walkable town that has a good variety of shops and restaurants for the traveler.  There are a couple of bakeries, a few grocery stores, and a host of other stores around the island.  A full service bank makes getting cash easy.  The bank is located near the ferry terminal on the main street, Pedro Marquez.  Nearby are two pizza restaurants (William's Pizza and Heather's Pizza), bakery, and a few restaurants.  There is also a gift shop nearby if you are looking for souvenirs. 

If you are camping and have time, it may be a good idea to stop by one of the grocery stores in town before paying $3 to make your way to the campground at Flamenco beach.  Publicos are very easy to catch at the ferry terminal and you will not miss out on transportation if you do not get on one right away. 

Near the ferry terminal is the Information Center that is maintained by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.  There is also a U.S. post office just north on the opposite side of Pedro Marquez street. 

Pedro Marquez Street, Dewey, Puerto Rico.

The small fruit and vegetable stand across from the post office is a good place to get some fruit.  The variety changes almost daily, so be sure to check back often.  Quality is different depending on the day and season of the produce that is being sold.  With that being said, there is a good variety of items at the produce stand, a variety that the grocery stores of the island do not come close to meeting.   If you are a vegetarian or vegan or just trying to eat healthy while on the island, you will want to stop at the produce stand and pick up some fruits and vegetables for your camping trip.

The town of Dewey is pretty quiet overall, but more-so on the weekends, especially Sunday and on holidays.  Many grocery stores and other stores are not open on Sundays and many do not open in the morning hours.  Keep that in mind if you are paying for a publico to take you into the town.

There are a couple of small "park" areas in Dewey.  One is located on Ensenada Honda, which is the body of water to the north of town.  The other is located near the south part, by the ferry terminal.  These park areas are small, with a couple of picnic tables, but are both a nice place to relax if you are in town for a while.

The small town of Dewey, Puerto Rico.

If you want to rent a Jeep or another vehicle on Dewey, head towards the airport to Carlos Jeep Rental.  A vehicle is not necessary to enjoy the island, but it makes getting around a lot easier.  With that being said, many people do not rent a vehicle while on the island and still enjoy seeing the sites that are easily accessible by foot or by publico.  Many of the area beaches can be reached by publico for a small fee ($2-$3 from the ferry terminal or other points in town).  

A good way to familiarize yourself with the town is to just explore the area.  The town is perfectly safe any time of day.  It is much more laid back than many other areas that you may have visited so far on your trip.  With that in mind, it is not a very large town, but you will find that rarely is everything in town open, so you may find that there are some surprises in store each time you visit. 
There are a variety of places to get groceries and necessities in Culebra and it is good to know of the various places if you are going to be camping on the island or otherwise staying for an extended period of time.  Many of the grocery stores have cheaper items than the food kiosks on Flamenco Beach.  There are three main grocery stores on the island that are similar in size.  Also, it is worth noting that grocery stores accept ATM/credit cards for purchases over $10.  

Grocery Stores on Isla Culebra

Although the hours are listed one some of the grocery stores, keep in mind that many are closed or open less frequently on Sundays and are generally closed on holidays.  It is wise to not spend money on a publico or make the trek into town on days that stores may be closed if you are going to just do your shopping.  If you are camping on Culebra, keep this in mind and be prepared with enough food to get you through the weekend or plan on visiting the kiosks, which are generally open (although sporadically) on Sundays and holidays.

Supermercado Costa del Sol
Monday - Saturday: 7 am to 9 pm
Sunday: 7 am - 12 pm (noon)

The grocery store, or Supermercado, that is near the airport is the closest to the beach, and is an easy walk from the camping area.  It takes roughly half an hour to walk to the store, and it is recommended that if one is making their way to this store on foot, morning is the best time to walk due to lack of shade in some areas and a long hill that rises before reaching the airport. 

This store is well stocked with various grocery items, drinks, and some meats.  However, there is little fresh fruit and vegetables at this store. 

Superette Mayra
Monday - Saturday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, closed 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, open again 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

This store is somewhat larger than the Supermercado close to the airport, and has more variety.  It is located in town at the corner of Escudero Street and Pedro Marquez Street (both of the "main streets" in town.  You will notice that there is a hill with a red and white bridge that rises towards the top. 

Like the supermercado, there is little in the way of fresh fruits and vegetables, but plenty of frozen foods, canned goods, and drinks.  There is a section for sundries such as toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, sunscreen, and the like.

One can purchase fuel for camp stoves or a small disposable camp stove here that is made out of aluminum with charcoal inside for about $6.  If you want to cook something at the beach, campground, this may be good to purchase.

Colmado Milka

If you continue along Escudero Street, past the bridge, and turn left at the fire station on the other side, you will see Colmado Milka.  This grocery store looks rather small on the outside, but inside it is well stocked with a good variety of items.  If you can not find what you are looking for at the other main grocery stores on the island, it is worth checking this one out.

Items such as soy/almond milk, a variety of drinks, canned goods, cereals, meats, some vegetables and fruits, and frozen foods can be purchased here.  

Culebra Produce Stand

If you are looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, this is the place to go.  The produce market is located around the corner from the ferry terminal on Pedro Marquez Street.  The selection varies, but items include bananas, apples, pears, rambutan fruit, kiwi, various types of nuts, corn on the cob, potatoes, and more (depending on the season).   There is also a freezer section which carries fruit smoothie drinks and soy milk. 

Other Places for Groceries

There are some other mini marts located on the island.  Dakati Gas Station and Mini Mart is located further on the same road as Colmado Milka.  There is also a gas station near the ferry terminal which sells a few things.  If you are looking for bread, most stores carry at least some type of bread, but the bakeries are recommended for fresh loafs.  Two that come to mind are Panaderia Tropical Bakery, which is located across from the ferry terminal as well as Pan Deli, which is near Superette Mayra. 

See our Culebra Puerto Rico Guide for More Information on Camping on Isla Culebra!

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