12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Isla de Vieques
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
3
San Juan
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ponce
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Tampa

1
night
Isla de Vieques

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Fish Market.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques trip itinerary planner.

Tampa, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. Traveling from Tampa to Isla de Vieques, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Tampa in November, with highs in Isla de Vieques at 86°F and lows at 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Wildlife Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Isabel Segunda ©
Isabel Segunda
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse ©
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse

2
nights
Culebra

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, examine the collection at Museo Historico de Culebra, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach.

To see photos and other tourist information, refer to the Culebra tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. November in Culebra sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

6
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Popular historic sites such as Old San Juan and Parroquia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus are in your itinerary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Condado Beach and Luquillo Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind (in Loiza), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Fajardo) and El Yunque Rain Forest (in El Yunque National Forest). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of San Juan National Historic Site, examine the collection at Museo del Mar, take an in-depth tour of Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Las Americas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan trip itinerary planner.

San Juan is just a short distance from Culebra. In November, daytime highs in San Juan are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Ponce.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Luquillo Beach, El Yunque Rain Forest, Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan

1
night
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at La Guancha, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce, then see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, and finally view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Carmen Sola de Pereira de Ponce.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ponce day trip planning website .

Getting from San Juan to Ponce by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from San Juan in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ponce: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas
La Guancha ©
La Guancha

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