My boyfriend and I will be meeting up in New York and then flying down to San Juan before ending up in Vieques! We have never been here before and are going at the recommendation of many friends. We will be there from December 1st to 7th, at which time we will go and enjoy San Juan for a week.
We are staying at a rental cottage, but I am not one hundred percent sure where it is in relation to everything else on the island. (From what I understand, it's small, so that shouldn't be an issue.) Thanks to many of the other forum posts, we decided to fly instead of ferry and opted to rent a car for the week.
Here is our itinerary as of right now:
Dec 1: Fly to Vieques
Dec 2: Drive around, explore, and eat
Dec 3: Drive around, explore, and eat
Dec 4: Abe's Biobay Tour at night
Dec 5: Drive around, explore, and eat
Dec 6: Afternoon snorkeling trip with Sea Vieques
Dec 7: Fly to San Juan
Is this itinerary too open? This trip will serve as a reunion (as we have been away from each other for about 6 months) and a vacation. We are both beach bums, which is why we wanted to spend a lot of time doing nothing. :) I want to make sure that we don't miss anything though.
Is there a standard for tipping for services such as the tours? Is it the usual 15 percent plus or minus according to the level of service?
Is the suggestion to always leave the rental car unlocked valid? I have seen it a lot on the Puerto Rico forums. We don't mind having to do it, if it would alleviate a destructive break-in.
Are there any special considerations to take for December travel? I am in Afghanistan and my boyfriend is in North Carolina, so we are both hoping that the weather will be much warmer down there than it is where we are! I will be packing bathing suits and other warm weather clothes. Should I throw in a sweater just in case?
Will the restaurants be open by then? I keep reading that they are closed for part of the year.
I think that all of my other questions have been answered by other posters already, such as where to buy food and what restaurants to eat at. Thank you in advance for your feedback! Sorry about the long post. I am getting very excited. After a five month wait, the trip is only 25 days away!