9 days in Caribbean Itinerary

9 days in Caribbean Itinerary

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9 days in Caribbean Itinerary

Start: Phoenix, United States
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h 15 min
2
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
George Town, Cayman Islands
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Phoenix, United States

2
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.
On the 17th (Sat), take in the waterfront at Malecon and then explore the activities along Sun Bay Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): kick back and relax at Media Luna Beach, expand your understanding of the military at Camp Garcia, and then identify plant and animal life at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques day trip planner .

Phoenix, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Phoenix to Isla de Vieques. When traveling from Phoenix in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Isla de Vieques: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) 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
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge

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.
On the 19th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach, head off the coast to Culebrita Island, and then enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Culebra holiday website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Culebra

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

1
night
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana ©
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
On the 21st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Macao Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Punta Cana itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Culebra to Punta Cana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to George Town.

Things to do in Punta Cana

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Macao Beach ©
Macao Beach
Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach

3
nights
George Town, Cayman Islands

George Town ©
George Town is a city situated on Grand Cayman island of the Cayman Islands. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Seven Mile Beach and Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Stingray City Grand Cayman, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery, Head underground at Devil's Grotto, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read George Town online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Punta Cana to George Town takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August in George Town, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 80°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in George Town

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Cayman, Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter
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Seven Mile Beach ©
Seven Mile Beach
Stingray City Grand Cayman ©
Stingray City Grand Cayman

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