13 days in Puerto Rico & St. Thomas Itinerary

13 days in Puerto Rico & St. Thomas Itinerary

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13 days in Puerto Rico & St. Thomas Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h
3
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
— 6 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Newark, United States

2
nights
San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
On the 12th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of La Muralla and then pause for some photo ops at Plaza de Colon. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Mar Chiquita, then stroll through Playa Vega Baja, and then pause for some photo ops at Paseo de los Presidentes.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Juan vacation 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. Traveling from Newark to San Juan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in January, expect San Juan to be much warmer, temps between 84°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Mar Chiquita, Playa Vega Baja
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Playa Mar Chiquita ©
Playa Mar Chiquita
Playa Vega Baja ©
Playa Vega Baja
Plaza de Colon ©
Plaza de Colon

3
nights
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Forest ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate Beach and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Tree Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Angelito Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at La Coca Falls, and finally stop by Monkey Threads.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the El Yunque National Forest road trip planning tool .

You can drive from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In January in El Yunque National Forest, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Luquillo, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Monserrate Beach ©
Monserrate Beach
Big Tree Trail ©
Big Tree Trail
La Coca Falls ©
La Coca Falls

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): kick back and relax at La Plata Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, then head off the coast to Vieques Island, and finally explore the ancient world of El Hombre de Puerto Ferro.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques day trip app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from El Yunque National Forest 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. In January in Isla de Vieques, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Charlotte Amalie.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Vieques Island ©
Vieques Island
El Hombre de Puerto Ferro ©
El Hombre de Puerto Ferro
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse ©
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse

6
nights
Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie ©
One of the most visited cruise ship destinations in the Caribbean, the town of Charlotte Amalie is known around the world for its duty-free jewelry, perfume, and liquor shops.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Morningstar Beach and Hull Bay. Discover out-of-the-way places like Drake's Seat and Scott Bay Beach. Explore Charlotte Amalie's surroundings by going to Drunk Bay Trail (in Coral Bay) and Cruz Bay (The Parrot Club & Oppenheimer Beach). There's lots more to do: stroll through Bluebeard's Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Beracha Veshalom Vegimulth Hasidim Synagogue, go for a stroll along the water at Yacht Haven Grande, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Charlotte Amalie trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Isla de Vieques to Charlotte Amalie in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Charlotte Amalie are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte Amalie

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Thomas, Cruz Bay, Morningstar Beach, Drunk Bay Trail, Scott Bay Beach
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Morningstar Beach ©
Morningstar Beach
Scott Bay Beach ©
Scott Bay Beach
Hull Bay ©
Hull Bay

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