13 days in Puerto Rico & St. Thomas Itinerary

13 days in Puerto Rico & St. Thomas Itinerary

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Drive
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El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
Drive to Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Ferry to Isla de Vieques
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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 1 day
Fly
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Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
— 6 nights
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San Juan, Puerto Rico

— 2 nights

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to La Muralla and then pause for some photo ops at Plaza de Colon. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Mar Chiquita, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Vega Baja, and then appreciate the history behind Paseo de los Presidentes.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan itinerary maker website.

Newark, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to San Juan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Newark in January, with highs in San Juan at 84°F and lows at 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

— 3 nights
On the 14th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Monserrate Beach and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Big Tree Trail, then stroll through Angelito Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at La Coca Falls, and finally stop by Monkey Threads.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your El Yunque National Forest trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

— 1 day

Isla Nena

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through La Plata Beach, then get great views at Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, then step off the mainland to explore Vieques Island, and finally explore the ancient world of El Hombre de Puerto Ferro.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Charlotte Amalie.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands

— 6 nights

Duty-free Capital of the World

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Morningstar Beach and Hull Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Drake's Seat and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charlotte Amalie: Drunk Bay Trail (in Coral Bay) and Cruz Bay (The Parrot Club & Oppenheimer Beach). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden, stroll through Ocean Surfari - Feed Monster Tarpon, contemplate the long history of Blackbeard’s Castle, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bluebeard's Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Charlotte Amalie day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Isla de Vieques to Charlotte Amalie in 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charlotte Amalie

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Rico travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Forests
A U.S. territory encompassing one big island and several smaller ones, Puerto Rico appeals to visitors from around the globe with its rich history, pleasant climate, natural beauty, and renowned local cuisine. Most tourists take a vacation in Puerto Rico for that classic seaside experience, though the island offers much more than just sun and sand. Tours of Puerto Rico usually start in the city of San Juan, which boasts a trendy bar scene and plenty of art museums for visitors looking to add a bit of culture to their vacation. A short drive from the island's urban centers, pristine rainforests serve as peaceful retreats from the city bustle and ensure plenty of chances to spot wildlife and take exhilarating nature walks.

St. Thomas travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Gift & Specialty Shops · Scuba & Snorkeling
Plan a trip to St. Thomas for a holiday full of duty-free shopping, relaxing, and sightseeing. Although the most commercialized of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas is rich in culture and history. A popular cruise ship destination, the hilly island boasts idyllic beaches, upscale resorts, a lively nightlife, and a fine dining scene. Whether you're looking to visit churches and museums, laze on tropical beaches, or have an outdoor adventure, you won't run out of things to do on St. Thomas.