8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Newark

2
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
On the 5th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Paseo de los Presidentes. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista and then delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan trip itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to San Juan is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Newark to San Juan. Traveling from Newark in April, expect San Juan to be warmer, temps between 87°F and 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

El Yunque Rain Forest
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Condado Beach ©
Condado Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Attractions like Sun Bay Beach and Media Luna Beach make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at La Chiva, take in the waterfront at Mosquito Pier, take some stellar pictures from Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, and stop by Isla Vida.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from San Juan to Isla de Vieques takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in April, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach

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 11th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Culebrita Island and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoni Beach.

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

Getting from Isla de Vieques to Culebra by combination of car and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In April in Culebra, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Culebra

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

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