8 days in Newark & Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Newark & Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Newark, United States
— 1 night
Fly
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
Drive
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El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
Fly
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Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
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Newark, United States — 1 night

Newark is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey and the seat of Essex County. On the 29th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Teaneck Creek Conservancy, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Boulevard E, then steep yourself in history at Hamilton Park, and finally admire the striking features of Newark Penn Station. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Mount Pleasant Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lucy's Church, and then get lost in a book at Newark Public Library.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Newark day trip website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Newark Liberty International Airport, La Guardia Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In June, daytime highs in Newark are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly to San Juan.
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San Juan, Puerto Rico — 3 nights

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Mar Chiquita and Playa Vega Baja. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balneario El Escambron, walk around Parque de las Palomas, appreciate the history behind Plaza Colon, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Las Americas.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the San Juan holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Newark to San Juan takes 7 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, San Juan is somewhat warmer than Newark - with highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to El Yunque National Forest.
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El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Cataratas Juan Diego, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Angelito Trail, and then hike along Big Tree Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest route planner.

Getting from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in El Yunque National Forest are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Culebra.
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Culebra, Puerto Rico — 2 nights

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Culebra National Wildlife, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melones Beach, and then stroll through Playa Punta Soldado Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carlos Rosario.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Culebra trip itinerary site.

Fly from El Yunque National Forest to Culebra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. July in Culebra sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 80°F at night. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Kayaking & Canoeing
A U.S. territory encompassing one big island and several smaller ones, Puerto Rico appeals to visitors from around the globe with its rich history, pleasant climate, natural beauty, and renowned local cuisine. Most tourists take a vacation in Puerto Rico for that classic seaside experience, though the island offers much more than just sun and sand. Tours of Puerto Rico usually start in the city of San Juan, which boasts a trendy bar scene and plenty of art museums for visitors looking to add a bit of culture to their vacation. A short drive from the island's urban centers, pristine rainforests serve as peaceful retreats from the city bustle and ensure plenty of chances to spot wildlife and take exhilarating nature walks.
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