12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico route builder

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Fly
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San Juan
— 1 night
Fly
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Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Drive to Ponce
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Ponce
— 1 night
Drive
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Rincon
— 2 nights
Drive to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Ferry to Culebra
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Culebra
— 3 nights
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San Juan

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): make a trip to La Puerta de San Juan, visit Old San Juan, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo de la Princesa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Pine Grove Beach, stroll the grounds of Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read San Juan trip planner.

San Diego, USA to San Juan is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. In August, San Juan is somewhat warmer than San Diego - with highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balneario Sun Bay and Playa La Chiva. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Playa Caracas will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Malecon, stop by Isla Vida, and get great views at Puerto Ferro Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques day trip planning site.

You can fly from San Juan to Isla de Vieques in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. August in Isla de Vieques sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Ponce

— 1 night
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along La Guancha de Ponce, pause for some photo ops at Museo Castillo Serralles, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ponce trip planning tool.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Isla de Vieques to Ponce in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In August in Ponce, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rincon.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Rincon

— 2 nights

Corner

A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Sandy Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Crashboat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, then visit a coastal fixture at Faro de Punta Higuera, and then kick back and relax at Domes Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rincon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ponce to Rincon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Rincon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Culebra

— 3 nights

Little Island

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
You'll get in some beach time at Flamenco Beach and Playa Zoni. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Tamarindo and Culebrita. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Culebra trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Rincon to Culebra in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, shuttle, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Puerto Rico travel guide

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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.