9 days in Washington DC & Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Washington DC & Puerto Rico Itinerary

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9 days in Washington DC & Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
1
Washington DC, United States
— 1 night
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:  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 the next day, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Memorial, and then get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Washington DC online sightseeing planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. In December, daytime highs in Washington DC are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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 La Chiva. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, take in the waterfront at Malecon, deepen your knowledge of military history at Camp Garcia, and kick back and relax at Media Luna Beach.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Isla de Vieques takes 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Isla de Vieques at 84°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to 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): look for all kinds of wild species at Angelito Trail and then identify plant and animal life at El Yunque Rain Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Luquillo Beach and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carolina attractions planning website .

Getting from Isla de Vieques to Carolina by combination of flight and car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Carolina can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to 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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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Luquillo Beach ©
Luquillo Beach
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Culebra trip planner .

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. January in Culebra sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough 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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