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DESTINATION: PUERTO RICO

Lazy days on the island of Culebra

Eighteen miles off Puerto Rico, the islet has unspoiled beaches, excellent snorkeling and diving and nothing to do for days on end.

March 09, 2003|Amy Farrar | Special to the Times

Club Seabourne, P.O. Box 357, Culebra, PR 00775; (787) 742-3169, www.clubseabourne.com. Among the options available here are a family villa that accommodates five people for $329 per night during high season, bay view villas for $219 per night and single rooms that cost $189 per night. Rooms are decorated in Caribbean decor. Restaurant has Creole and international cooking, including vegetarian dishes. Entrees start at $16.

Villa Boheme, P.O. Box 218, Culebra, PR 00775; (787) 742-3508, www.villaboheme.com. Near the main town of Dewey on Ensenada Honda Bay. Air conditioning, kitchenettes, balconies. Freshly painted, overlooks the bay. Doubles start at $60 per night.

Rancho Buena Ventura, P.O. Box 657, Culebra, PR 00775; (787) 742-3374 or (787) 742-0628. House on well-landscaped grounds can accommodate a group for $225 per night, or rooms can be rented singly for $75 per night. The house has a large kitchen, living room and covered porch.

WHERE TO EAT:

The Dinghy Dock, next to Villa Boheme. Open-air restaurant and bar on the canal offers Creole and international cooking, a variety of grilled dishes, some vegetarian meals and a selection of desserts. Breakfast options include coconut rum French toast and huevos rancheros. Meals $10-$20 per person.

The Oasis Pizzeria & Bar, (787) 742-3175. This Italian restaurant in downtown Dewey serves pizza and pasta dishes. Meals average $10 or less.

TO LEARN MORE:

Puerto Rico Tourism Co., 3575 W. Cahuenga Blvd., Suite 405, Los Angeles, CA 90068; (800) 874-1230 or (323) 874-5991, fax (323) 874-7527, www.gotopuertorico.com.

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