8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Newark

2
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
On the 4th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Paseo de los Presidentes. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista and then take a peaceful walk through El Yunque Rain Forest.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, use the San Juan road trip planner .

Newark, USA to San Juan is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to San Juan is 1 hour. In April, San Juan is much warmer than Newark - with highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

El Yunque Rain Forest
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Condado Beach ©
Condado Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
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, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Bay Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Media Luna Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Mosquito Pier, and take some stellar pictures from Puerto Ferro Lighthouse.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Juan to Isla de Vieques takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In April in Isla de Vieques, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach

2
nights
Culebra

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Flamenco Beach. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Culebrita Island and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoni Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Culebra day trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In April, daily temperatures in Culebra can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Culebra

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

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