11 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

11 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico trip planner

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San Juan
— 5 nights
El Yunque National Forest
— 2 nights
Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights


San Juan

— 5 nights

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
Head to Plaza Las Americas and Depigment Artfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Sitio Histórico de San Juan and The Poet's Passage. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Luquillo (in Luquillo), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Fajardo) and Puerto Rico Premium Outlets (in Barceloneta). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan, pause for some photo ops at Holocaust Memorial Monument, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and steep yourself in history at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read San Juan tour planner.

Philadelphia, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to San Juan. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in December; daily highs in San Juan reach 85°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in San Juan

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

El Yunque National Forest

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Caribbean Trading Company Store and then take in the exciting artwork at Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read El Yunque National Forest holiday planner.

You can drive from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. December in El Yunque National Forest sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Isla de Vieques

— 3 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.
Head to Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery and Isla Vidafor some retail therapy. Relax by the water at Balneario Sun Bay and Playa La Chiva. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at Serenity Point Yoga & Visionary Arts, browse the eclectic array of goods at Fish Market, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques travel route planner.

Fly from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Isla de Vieques are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Puerto Rico travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
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.