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Old 02-20-2013, 07:27 AM
 
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Basically I am looking to hang by the beach. I will be spending 2 days in San Juan, 1 day in the Yunque rainforest and also spending 2 days and the Gran Melia.

Is it neccesary to go to Culebra or Vieques? Which island has the better beach? Anything you can offer will help. How much of a hassle is the ferry? It will be just me and my girlfriend and we are traveling to PR to relax and explore!
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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Basically I am looking to hang by the beach. I will be spending 2 days in San Juan, 1 day in the Yunque rainforest and also spending 2 days and the Gran Melia.

Is it neccesary to go to Culebra or Vieques? Which island has the better beach? Anything you can offer will help. How much of a hassle is the ferry? It will be just me and my girlfriend and we are traveling to PR to relax and explore!
Is it necessary to go to Culebra or Vieques? Not really.

But if you do, Culebra is probably the place you should go.

I've not been to Vieques yet, but have been to Culebra once and will most definitely go again!

Flying is the absolute best way to get there. That's how I went and was glad for it. It was a 75 dollar, 12 minute, hassle free flight from the main island. Everyone I know who's travelled to Culebra via the ferry has hated the experience. Sure, the ferry is only $20, but it takes one hour, and from what I've been told, you may have to wait for the next ferry if enough people cut in line ahead of you.

As The Most Interesting Man In The World would probably say:

I don't go island hopping each time I'm in Puerto Rico. But when I do . . . Culebra is the place I go! Stay thristy, my friend!

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Old 02-20-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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What airline did you fly with?
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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Flying is the absolute best way to get there. That's how I went and was glad for it. It was a 75 dollar, 12 minute, hassle free flight from the main island.
Wow, prices sure have gone up. Back in 1999, I missed the ferry and drove to the Fajardo airport. The flight took 15 minutes and cost $20 per person. The ferry was $2. Looking out the window, we saw the ferry and it wasn't even halfway there, despite leaving earlier.

By the way, if you have to choose, choose Culebra. Avoid it during Holy Week though.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:44 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Vieques has many stunning beaches. However, traveling to and from the island for 1 day can be a bit tricky and the publicos don't go to many beaches. You almost have to rent a car ahead of time to see the best beaches. Airfare from San Juan is pretty expensive. Fajardo and Ceiba are cheaper. The ferry can sometimes be unreliable especially in bad weather. For the best information, check out the forum on Tripadvisor. Many reliable experts there to answer your questions!

Isla de Vieques Forum, Travel Discussion for Isla de Vieques - TripAdvisor
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:36 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Here is the Tripadvisor forum for Culebra:

Culebra Forum, Travel Discussion for Culebra - TripAdvisor

We would have loved to take a day trip to Culebra when we stayed a week in Vieques. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights (except maybe an expensive charter) or ferries between the two that I know of. Pity!
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:53 PM
 
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Go to Kayaking Snorkeling Bio Bay Bioluminescent Tours Excursions Puerto Rico

You should do the Aquafari (Culebra) and Bio Bay (Fajardo).

The Aquafari includes the tickets for the ferry and the transportation in Culebra. The ferry is fun if you go outside, you might see dolphins swimming around. It is a "one day" excursion that starts in Fajardo-Culebra-Fajardo. It is a group, so you will never be alone or lost, it is safe and they guarantee you the spot, but you have to be on time. The ferry will leave at 9am with or without you. (belive me, they closed the gate in my face..... 5 seconds.... 5 seconds)
You have to be at the port early (around 8:00 am).

They take you to the wonderful beach of Flamenco (one of the top beaches of the world Best Beaches in the World - Travelers' Choice Awards - TripAdvisor), kayaking and snorkeling.

I think you will be back to the main island around 6pm. So you can plan the day for both excursions (aquafari and bio bay) Bio Bay is one of the most romantic and wonderful experience ever. That is my top spot to visit in Puerto Rico. It is better if there is no moon, full moon can take the magic away. So check the moon phases calendar before booking that tour. (I recommend the 8:30 pm excursion)


Ahhhh, I miss my beautiful island so much!!!!!! If you have any question, send me a message, I'll be glad to help you!!!
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I second the Bio Bay tour, it was awesome. I would advise NOT doing the kayak tour though. Do the pontoon tour. It looked as if the kayakers were doing so much work with paddling and trying to follow a blinking light to stay on route that they didn't get to really see the bay. It seemed very impersonal. This is only my opinion.

We were on the pontoon with guides who told us the history and facts of the bay, brought buckets of water on board, let us climb down the ladder to touch the water, etc.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:59 AM
 
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Culebra is the best beach to go. Voted one of the best over and over. A little known secret place in Puerto Rico.

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:39 AM
 
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I second the Bio Bay tour, it was awesome. I would advise NOT doing the kayak tour though. Do the pontoon tour. It looked as if the kayakers were doing so much work with paddling and trying to follow a blinking light to stay on route that they didn't get to really see the bay. It seemed very impersonal. This is only my opinion.

We were on the pontoon with guides who told us the history and facts of the bay, brought buckets of water on board, let us climb down the ladder to touch the water, etc.
I am thinking about doing the biobay tour when I go to pr next month. However I am staying in san juan and not sure about traveling back late from the biobay back to the guest house we're staying at. I guess I need a car.
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