9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Newark
plane:  7 h 30 min
1
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Rincon
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
3
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Fly:  30 min
4
San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Newark

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.
On the 20th (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse, step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then stroll through Flamenco Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Culebra vacation planning tool .

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. In March, Culebra is much hotter than Newark - with highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Rincon.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach
Playa Punta Soldado Beach ©
Playa Punta Soldado Beach

1
night
Rincon

Rincon ©
A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
On the 22nd (Sun), stroll through Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandy Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from El Faro Lighthouse.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rincon trip planner.

Getting from Culebra to Rincon by combination of flight and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in March, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Rincon

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sandy Beach ©
Sandy Beach
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve ©
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve
El Faro Lighthouse ©
El Faro Lighthouse

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the waterfront at Malecon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sun Bay Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then make a trip to Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Chiva.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Isla de Vieques online route planner .

You can fly from Rincon to Isla de Vieques in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and ferry. Traveling from Rincon in March, expect slightly colder with lows of 72°F in Isla de Vieques. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
San Juan

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sitio Histórico de San Juan, visit Old San Juan, and then sample the fine beverages at Casa BACARDI Puerto Rico. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, then look for gifts at Marisel Herbal Bath & Body, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Juan day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Isla de Vieques to San Juan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In March, daytime highs in San Juan are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Climbing Tours
Marisel Herbal Bath & Body ©
Marisel Herbal Bath & Body

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