16 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

16 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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16 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Newark
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Culebra
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Isla de Vieques
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  2​h
3
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
San Juan
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark

4
nights
Culebra

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Culebra is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach, stroll through Playa Punta Soldado Beach, browse the collection at Culebra Public Library, and step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Culebra online vacation planner .

Newark, USA to Culebra is an approximately 7-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Newark to Culebra. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Culebra to be warmer, temps between 85°F and 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

6
nights
Isla de Vieques

Isla de Vieques ©
For sixty years until 2003, most of the Isla de Vieques was closed off to the public, with the US Navy using the island's beaches and surrounding waters for drills and testing of new military machinery, such as bombs.
Isla de Vieques is known for nature, beaches, adventure, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Sun Bay Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Chiva, deepen your knowledge of military history at Camp Garcia, and enjoy some diversion at Vieques Gun Club & Sporting Clays.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Culebra to Isla de Vieques in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December in Isla de Vieques, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach

1
night
El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque Nacional El Yunque, then take a peaceful walk through El Yunque Rain Forest, and then look for gifts at Monkey Threads.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Isla de Vieques to El Yunque National Forest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In December in El Yunque National Forest, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to San Juan.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bosque Nacional El Yunque, Monkey Threads
Highlights from your plan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Bosque Nacional El Yunque ©
Bosque Nacional El Yunque
Monkey Threads ©
Monkey Threads

4
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
When in San Juan, make a side trip to see Kayaking & Canoeing in Fajardo, approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan online route maker .

Getting from El Yunque National Forest to San Juan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Casa Bacardi
Highlights from your plan
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Food Tours

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