We're planning a trip to Puerto Rico, late this year or early next. We're thinking of renting a car and driving around the island for 2 weeks to visit many of the highlights. We've being doing some research and would like to have a good combination of culture, nature, beaches and food. From reviewing we're thinking of the following starting and ending in San Juan where we'll be flying to/from
2 nights - Luquillo (El Yunque, beach, food kiosks)
2 nights - Vieques (Beaches, bioluminescent bay)
2 nights - Old San Juan
It feels like a lot of moving about, but when I look at the map it seems to make sense vs staying in less placing and doing day trips which would ultimately mean more driving, and more backtracking.
We'd also like to fit in a day trip to Culebra, but not sure how best to accommodate, is it possible to get the ferry to Culebra, back to the mainland and then to Vieques in one day? that way we could visit the 2 islands in 3 days, with 2 nights on Vieques.
We also like the idea of staying in two different areas in San Juan to experience, the modern and the history of the city, but we could replace that with a longer stay in one area.
We were also considering staying in Jacaya or Ponce, I think we're leaning towards Jacaya as it will give us a different experience in the hills, but Ponce may be easier? thoughts?
Appreciate any advice.