This 10 day Puerto Rico itinerary was filled with history, culture, adventure, and relaxation. My grandma and I went for a girls’ vacation and an escape from the day-to-day.
Highs & Lows
Seeing the Vieques Bioluminescent Bay in a 2-person clear-bottom kayak on a moonless night
Dorado was isolated and had very little to do.
San Juan has become one of my favorite cities in the world. I absolutely love Old San Juan, with its colorful buildings and colonial history. Everyone on the island is so friendly and helpful. The food’s so good that you’ll miss it as soon as you’re wheels up. I highly recommend trying mofongo and Puerto Rican rice. Yum!
One night is all it took for me to fall head over heels in love with Vieques. This island is undeveloped, with stretches of beach that don’t have overpriced highrise hotels on them. It is pure bliss. The locals are so friendly and it’s got that small-town vibe of hospitality. Everybody knows everybody, and it’s like one big family. I’d live there for sure. I highly recommend Bili Restaurant, laying on the beach, and booking a Bioluminescent Bay tour.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I so wish I hadn’t visited Dorado. It’s a nice, more upscale suburb of San Juan, but it’s just not my vibe. I definitely prefer the kind of place where I can get out and walk, be amongst locals, and reach many things on foot. Dorado just isn’t that kind of place. I would have stayed in San Juan and Vieques longer. After spending just one night in Vieques, I will never stay such a short time again. I’d say give yourself at least 3 nights there.
Uber is readily available throughout the island, and we had no problem getting rides for long distances without scheduling. I do think I’ll rent a car next time, though, just for more flexibility to get around the whole island. Also, those Uber rides add up! After seeing how much we spent on rides, we could have rented a car for more convenience at a lower cost.
I was surprised by just how incredible the Vieques Bio Bay is. That one’s a can’t-miss. I could do that tour once a month for the rest of my life and never get bored!