5 days in Puerto Rico & Union Island Itinerary

5 days in Puerto Rico & Union Island Itinerary

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
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Clifton, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
— 1 day
Ferry to St. George's, Fly to Culebra
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Culebra, Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico — 1 night

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Juan road trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in May: high temperatures in San Juan hover around 88°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Isla de Vieques.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico — 1 night

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 3rd (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Malecon and then kick back and relax at Balneario Sun Bay.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Isla de Vieques trip maker site.

Getting from San Juan to Isla de Vieques by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in May, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Clifton.
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Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Clifton, St. Vincent and the Grenadines — 1 day

Clifton is a town located on Union Island, which is part of the Grenadines island chain of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Palm Island.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Clifton day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Isla de Vieques to Clifton takes 8.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Clifton when traveling from Isla de Vieques in May, with lows around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Culebra.
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Culebra, Puerto Rico — 1 day

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Flamenco Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Culebra journey tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Clifton to Culebra takes 14 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Clifton in May since evenings lows in Culebra dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Puerto Rico travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Kayaking & Canoeing
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.
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Union Island travel guide

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Islands · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing · Bodies of Water
Off-the-beaten-track Union Island displays all the features you'd want from a remote paradisal island: the sun, the sea, the sand, and the massive yachts. The main town offers a pleasing number of eateries serving dishes with classic Caribbean flavors, with the atmosphere building as the evening kicks on. Turtle-spotting has become one of the main things to do on Union Island, with renewed efforts to clean up the beaches and protect the iconic creatures from poaching.
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