8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  2​h
2
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
4
San Juan
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Norfolk

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sun Bay Beach and Caracas Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at La Chiva, don't miss a visit to La Gran Ceiba de Vieques, visit a coastal fixture at Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, and get a taste of the local shopping with Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques online visit planner .

Norfolk, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Norfolk to Isla de Vieques is 1 hour. In December, Isla de Vieques is much hotter than Norfolk - with highs of 84°F and lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Caracas Beach ©
Caracas Beach
La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach

1
night
El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
On the 29th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Angelito Trail and then take a peaceful walk through El Yunque Rain Forest.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the El Yunque National Forest day 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, daytime highs in El Yunque National Forest are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest

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 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach and then browse the collection at Culebra Public Library. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Zoni Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Culebra trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from El Yunque National Forest to Culebra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach
Playa Punta Soldado Beach ©
Playa Punta Soldado Beach

1
night
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Paseo de los Presidentes, get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, and then kick back and relax at Isla Verde Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Juan online tour planner .

San Juan is just a stone's throw from Culebra. December in San Juan sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Isla Verde Beach ©
Isla Verde Beach
Paseo de los Presidentes ©
Paseo de los Presidentes

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