Sunday, January 13, 2013

Grocery Stores on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico

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. 

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. 

10 comments:

  1. There is also Costa del Sol, down the street opposite the airport.

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  2. Genesis is also available and is behind the airport.

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  3. How do the campers normally store their food? Coolers? Do most people buy/rent coolers on Culebra? Is food theft a problem or are we safe keeping our cooler stocked at our campsite? Are there alternative services like refrigerator/freezer storage available?

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    1. You are perfectly safe storing your cooler at your campsite. As far as I know, there are currently no refrigerators or freezer storage systems available. Most people purchase ice at one of the small kiosks or get a bag of ice while in town.

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  4. Do any of the stores sell butane fuel canisters for backpacking stoves. Can't bring on the plane and not finding any camping stores in San Juan. Thanks

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  5. do these stores also sell alcohol?

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  6. Do any of the stores sell birthday cakes ?

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  8. I would recommend Colmado Milka, the store seems small from the outside but is well stocked. The fresh meet department has a pretty good variety of freshly butchered meets. One drawback is nothing is priced. There is a bar code reader in the middle of the store that will s can for prices.

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  9. Good to know about the comprehensive grocery store!

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