US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico | Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, Water Island
Island Discovery Series -
Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands
Regional Experiences Puerto Rico | Vieques | Culebra
St. Thomas | St. John | St. Croix | Water Island


About this itinerary

Recommended travelling time: 20 Nights
Recommended travel season: Winter
While visiting one island can lend itself to a truly relaxing vacation, visiting neighbouring islands, especially when they are as close as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, can be an amazing experience. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, discover four larger islands, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Water Island and St. John, and some 50 smaller islands and cays. Puerto Rico is made up of three larger islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra, and about 140 smaller islands, cays and islets. Ways to "island hop" include by air, ferry, boat charter or private water taxi.

Puerto Rico

 

Puerto Rico has a wealth of urban experiences to discover and stunning beaches to explore. The cities of San Juan and Ponce offer an eclectic range of shops, a vibrant food scene and museums and architecture to soak up the local culture. For those who love nature the El Yunque National Forest is not to be missed. The beaches are some of the best in the Caribbean where plenty of water sports are available for visitors to try out.
Recommended stay: 3 days



Vieques

An island off Puerto Rico's eastern end, Vieques, measuring 135-square-miles, is prized for its 40 pristine beaches. At night Bioluminescent Bay glows a blue-green with microorganisms in the water and can be explored by kayak. Wild horses can be spotted in the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. For some local culture, visit the Fuerte de Vieques, a partially restored mid-19th-century Spanish fort that houses the Vieques Museum of Art and History.
Recommended stay: 3 days

 


Culebra

Return to Seattle before driving north to Anacortes and boarding the Friday Harbor Ferry to the stunning San Juan Islands – a collection of 172 islands and reefs, including the biggest islands, San Juan, Orcas and Lopez. Savour the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing orcas in the wild, or tour the islands by bicycle or kayak. Enjoy a stroll through Friday Harbor's San Juan Islands Museum of Art and The Whale Museum.
Recommended stay: 3 days

 


St. Thomas

St. Thomas has a wealth to offer. For those looking to shop it is a tax-free haven. If you are looking to immerse yourself in history visit Blackbeard's Castle on Government Hill, from which you can enjoy spectacular views of St. Thomas Harbor. Mountain Top and Paradise Point also offer wonderful vistas. Nature lovers can observe marine life at Coral World Ocean Park or hike up through the mountains.
Recommended stay: 5 days



St. John

Head to St. John and Virgin Islands National Park, which covers two-thirds of the island. An oasis of natural beauty, many start in Cruz Bay before heating to Mongoose Junction, a beautiful stone and wood complex with shops and restaurants to choose from. From here either head inland on an open-air safari bus to enjoy views from Bordeaux Mountain or head down to the beach to snorkel with tropical fish.
Recommended stay: 2 days

 


St. Croix

St. Croix, south of St. Thomas, is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Explore idyllic Christiansted and Fort Christiansvaern, which houses an exhibit on local military history. In the island's other town, Frederiksted, there are more historic sites to be visited. Snorkelers and divers should visit Buck Island Reef National Monument to snorkel the reef. There are also tours and tastings at the Cruzan Rum Distillery and the Captain Morgan Rum Distillery.
Recommended stay: 2 days


Water Island

Water Island is a peaceful haven, only 500 acres, and a short ferry ride from St. Thomas. Take everything you might need. There are no cars, instead travel is by rented golf cart. Enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants or beach bars and be sure to stop by Honeymoon Beach It's a perfect day trip or an escape for a few days. Limestone Bay is also popular for its diving and snorkelling.
Recommended stay: 2 days

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