11 days in New York City & Puerto Rico Itinerary

11 days in New York City & Puerto Rico Itinerary

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11 days in New York City & Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
train:  30​min
1
New York City, United States
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  2​h
4
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark, United States

3
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, don't miss a visit to 9/11 Memorial, and take a stroll through Times Square.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the New York City road trip website .

Newark to New York City is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1
night
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 11th (Tue), get lost in a book at Culebra Public Library and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Flamenco Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Zoni Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse, and then head off the coast to Culebrita Island.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Culebra road trip planning website .

Fly from New York City to Culebra in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, Culebra is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 89°F and lows of 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

3
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.
Isla de Vieques is known for nature, beaches, wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Bay, look for all kinds of wild species at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon, and enjoy the sand and surf at Media Luna Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques route builder .

Getting from Culebra to Isla de Vieques by combination of flight and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Isla de Vieques are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach

1
night
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Forest ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at El Yunque Rain Forest.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the El Yunque National Forest trip planner.

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 June, daily temperatures in El Yunque National Forest can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to San Juan.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest

1
night
San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of San Juan National Historic Site and then stroll through Condado Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Juan trip builder site .

Traveling by car from El Yunque National Forest to San Juan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in San Juan can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Condado Beach ©
Condado Beach
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan

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