9 days in Washington DC & Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Washington DC & Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC, United States
1
Washington DC, United States
— 1 night
Subway + Fly:  6 h 15 min
2
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1 h
3
Carolina, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  45 min
4
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h
End: Washington DC, United States

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Washington DC, United States

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, and then get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Washington DC tour planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Lincoln Memorial ©
Lincoln Memorial
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sun Bay Beach and Media Luna Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, deepen your knowledge of military history at Camp Garcia, glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and take in the waterfront at Malecon.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Isla de Vieques trip builder app.

Do a combination of subway and flight from Washington DC to Isla de Vieques in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Isla de Vieques reach 84°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Carolina.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

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

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Carolina, Puerto Rico

Carolina ©
Known as the "Land of Giants" in honor of its celebrated residents--including poet Julia de Burgos and baseball player Roberto Clemente--Carolina makes a living as both an industrial center and a hub of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Angelito Trail and then delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Luquillo Beach and then get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Carolina travel route app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Isla de Vieques to Carolina in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In December in Carolina, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Carolina

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

El Yunque National Forest, Luquillo Beach, Old San Juan
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Luquillo Beach ©
Luquillo Beach

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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.
On the 3rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Culebra trip itinerary maker tool.

Do a combination of car and flight from Carolina to Culebra in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough 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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