10 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

10 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Drive to Vieques, Fly to Culebra
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Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly
3
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Drive
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Ponce
— 1 night
Drive
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San Juan
— 3 nights
Fly

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Isla de Vieques

— 2 nights

Isla Nena

For sixty years until 2003, most of the Isla de Vieques was closed off to the public, with the US Navy using the island's beaches and surrounding waters for drills and testing of new military machinery, such as bombs.
Isla de Vieques is known for nature, beaches, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Bay Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the waterfront at Malecon, and kick back and relax at Media Luna Beach.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques trip website.

New York City, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to Isla de Vieques due to the time zone difference. In December, Isla de Vieques is much hotter than New York City - with highs of 84°F and lows of 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Culebra

— 2 nights

Little Island

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Carlos Rosario Beach, soothe aching muscles at Culebra Yoga, and then step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Culebra trip maker tool.

Do a combination of car and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December in Culebra, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

El Yunque National Forest

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the El Yunque National Forest holiday planner.

Getting from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in El Yunque National Forest are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Ponce.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Ponce

— 1 night
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then take a leisurely stroll along La Guancha.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ponce online road trip planner.

Getting from El Yunque National Forest to Ponce by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or fly. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from El Yunque National Forest in December, with highs in Ponce at 80°F and lows at 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

San Juan

— 3 nights

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Make the 26th (Sat) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, wander the streets of Old San Juan, and pause for some photo ops at Plaza de Colon.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan trip maker app.

You can drive from Ponce to San Juan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In December in San Juan, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Puerto Rico travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Forests
A U.S. territory encompassing one big island and several smaller ones, Puerto Rico appeals to visitors from around the globe with its rich history, pleasant climate, natural beauty, and renowned local cuisine. Most tourists take a vacation in Puerto Rico for that classic seaside experience, though the island offers much more than just sun and sand. Tours of Puerto Rico usually start in the city of San Juan, which boasts a trendy bar scene and plenty of art museums for visitors looking to add a bit of culture to their vacation. A short drive from the island's urban centers, pristine rainforests serve as peaceful retreats from the city bustle and ensure plenty of chances to spot wildlife and take exhilarating nature walks.