Author: Jeannie G3 (---.asm.bellsouth.net)
Date: 09-05-08 17:07
Hola! That's a great week, just before the holidays kick in and start. It will be all about logistics and how well you plan it out but, one week is doable. Although, you might want to put your energy into two places, get acquainted and promise to return.
There's lot to see and do in San Juan. I would suggest calling the Puerto Rico Tourism Company 1-800-866-7827 and request maps, magazines, info of PR in general, San Juan, El Yunque (Luquillo), Fajardo and Culebra. They will send you all this free.
I would suggest to stay at least 1 or 2 days in San Juan. See San Juan on the first day and maybe go to El Yunque on the second. El Yunque can take a couple of hours if you only want to do a drive through and the occasional pic, half a day if you want to hike a short trail, or most of the day if you want to hike all the way to the highest peak and "El Yunque". Check out their website:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/caribbean/. There's info about the trails and how much time it takes to hike and what there is to see.
Third day head out to Culebra via ferry or fly out. If you take the ferry, you need transportation San Juan to Fajardo then ferry out of Fajardo. If you fly, take a taxi to Isla Grande and fly out to Culebra Airport.
In Culebra you can dive (there are a couple of outfits that will take you, everthing included, search under FORUM SEARCH on this page for info about that) you do need to be certified, snorkle (there are places where you can rent gear), go to the beach: Flamenco, Carlos Rosario, Zoni, Melones, etc
Eating: kiosks at Flamenco, Mamacitas, El Batey, etc.
Lodging: search under SHELTER on this page for places to stay. I've stayed at Casita Tropical, Posada La Hamaca and there are others just as good.
How to get around: there are rental places for jeeps, golf carts, scooters and bikes. There are also "publicos" which are van like taxis that take you from point A to B for $2 maybe more if they have to pick you up and we have also hitch hiked, makes for great conversation with the locals and it's safe. It's safe everywhere on Culebra.
Check out Culebra's newspaper: http://theculebracalendaronline.com/
This website is also great for getting info. Let us know if you need more info.Happy travels! J