Author: Jeannie G3 (---.asm.bellsouth.net)
Date: 08-23-08 13:51
Hola! You could do all three areas, it's just a matter of logistics and how much time you want to spend in each area. El Yunque you could do in one day: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/caribbean/, great website with lots of info. The best trail to hike is the Vereda Trail, which I've done many times, very scenic. It will take you anywhere from 1 1/2-2 hours depending on your pace and how many times you stop to take pics but, of course that's where you can see the famous peak El Yunque and during your climb or descend, you can see as far as Fajardo and surrounding areas. I could tell you volumes but, check out the website for yourself.
As far as snorkling, I think you can't beat Carlos Rosario at Culebra. From my own personal experience and what I've heard others write in this Forum, you can see a good variety of marine life and you don't have to go very far. It's just next to Flamenco beach, 15-20 minute hike. Culebra is a smaller island which means it's very easy to get around by publico or rental vehicle. You can visit most of the beaches in 2 days. Smaller also means more TLC from the locals.
Vieques being bigger means more time. There has been big publicity about "La Isla Nena" that even more and more of the locals are taking the ferry to check it out. The beaches are nice as well as good reviews from lodgings and places to eat. Never visited but I've seen many pics and have friends who say it's great. I'm sure you can find some on the internet.
Plan for things such as traffic or ferry delays, etc. You can see all 3 and do a scouting trip and then plan for a longer return for a future vacation or pick one or two places this time and promise yourselves to return later and see the rest. It's all beautiful, you have to return!
Happy travels! J