13 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

13 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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13 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Newark
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Isla de Vieques
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  2​h
3
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
San Juan
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​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.
Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Culebra trip itinerary 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 August, Culebra is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

4
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, wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Sun Bay Beach, kick back and relax at Media Luna Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, and enjoy some diversion at Vieques Gun Club & Sporting Clays.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Culebra to Isla de Vieques takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Isla de Vieques are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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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 28th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque Nacional El Yunque, delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest, and then look for gifts at Monkey Threads.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read El Yunque National Forest trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Isla de Vieques to El Yunque National Forest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Monkey Threads, Bosque Nacional El Yunque
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Bosque Nacional El Yunque ©
Bosque Nacional El Yunque
Monkey Threads ©
Monkey Threads

5
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Explore San Juan's surroundings by going to Luquillo Beach (in Luquillo) and Museo de Arte de Ponce (in Ponce). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Old San Juan, stroll through Condado Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Las Americas.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Juan online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from El Yunque National Forest to San Juan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. August in San Juan sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Museo de Arte de Ponce, Luquillo Beach, Casa Bacardi
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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