8 days in Puerto Rico & Knoxville Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico & Knoxville Itinerary

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Start: Knoxville, United States
Fly:  8 h
1
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Fly:  30 min
2
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
Drive + Ferry:  2 h
4
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
5
Knoxville, United States
— 1 night
End: Knoxville, United States

2
nights
Culebra, Puerto Rico

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 (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach and then visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Zoni Beach, step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island, and then browse the collection at Culebra Public Library.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Culebra visit planning website.

Knoxville, USA to Culebra is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Knoxville in November: high temperatures in Culebra hover around 86°F and lows are around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

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

1
night
San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, thenget to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, and then look for gifts at Puerto Rican Art & Crafts.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan route builder app.

Traveling by flight from Culebra to San Juan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Puerto Rican Art & Crafts ©
Puerto Rican Art & Crafts

1
night
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Forest ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Bosque Nacional El Yunque, thendelve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest, and then look for gifts at Monkey Threads.

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Traveling by car from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks Nature 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

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nights
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the activities along Sun Bay Beach and then expand your understanding of the military at Camp Garcia. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Media Luna Beach, and then stroll through Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques road trip site.

Getting from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques by combination of car and ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In December in Isla de Vieques, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse ©
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse

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Knoxville, United States

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Smoky Mountain Knife Works, make a trip to East Tennessee Veterans Memorial, make a trip to Market Square, thenwalk around High Ground Park & River Bluff Wildlife Area, and finally learn about winemaking at Blue Slip Winery.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Knoxville online tour planner.

Fly from Isla de Vieques to Knoxville in 10.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Isla de Vieques in December, expect Knoxville to be much colder, temps between 53°F and 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Smoky Mountain Knife Works
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Smoky Mountain Knife Works ©
Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Market Square ©
Market Square
East Tennessee Veterans Memorial ©
East Tennessee Veterans Memorial

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