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 + Drive:  10​h
1
Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  2​h
2
El Yunque National Forest
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Puerto Ferro Lighthouse and El Hombre de Puerto Ferro. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Caracas Beach and Sun Bay Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Chiva, stop by Isla Vida, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques online itinerary planner .

Newark, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Newark to Isla de Vieques. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Newark in December: high temperatures in Isla de Vieques hover around 84°F and lows are around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Caracas Beach ©
Caracas Beach
Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach

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El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): hike along The Mine Trail (La Mina), then stroll through Angelito Trail, and then take in the awesome beauty at El Yunque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Big Tree Trail, then see the interesting displays at El Portal Tropical Forest Center, then kick back and relax at Balneario Luquillo, and finally look for gifts at Monkey Threads.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest vacation maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Isla de Vieques to El Yunque National Forest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in El Yunque National Forest can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Luquillo
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El Yunque ©
El Yunque
Big Tree Trail ©
Big Tree Trail
El Portal Tropical Forest Center ©
El Portal Tropical Forest Center

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San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mar Chiquita and then get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then kick back and relax at Isla Verde Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Paseo de los Presidentes.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read San Juan sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from El Yunque National Forest to San Juan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in San Juan can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Playa Mar Chiquita
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Playa Mar Chiquita ©
Playa Mar Chiquita
Isla Verde Beach ©
Isla Verde Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

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