12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: San Juan
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Palmer
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Arecibo
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
4
Barceloneta
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
5
Toa Baja
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Utuado
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Quebradillas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Cabo Rojo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
San Juan
— 3 nights
End: San Juan

3
nights
Palmer

Set back from the busy coast, Palmer has a charming, hidden-away atmosphere.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind and The Outlet Mall 66. Visit Luquillo Beach and Balneario Luquillo for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Coqui International, take in the dramatic scenery at Las Paylas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and contemplate the long history of Monumento Historico Cueva Maria de La Cruz.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Palmer tour itinerary tool .

San Juan to Palmer is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Palmer are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Palmer

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Luquillo, Loiza, The Outlet Mall 66
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Luquillo Beach ©
Luquillo Beach
Coqui International ©
Coqui International

1
day
El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
You've now added El Yunque Rain Forest to your itinerary. On the 18th (Tue), delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest.

Discover how to plan a El Yunque National Forest trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Palmer to El Yunque National Forest in an hour. In June, daytime highs in El Yunque National Forest are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Arecibo.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Wildlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest

1
night
Arecibo

Arecibo ©
Arecibo is a municipality on the northern coast of Puerto Rico (U.S.), on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, located north of Utuado and Ciales; east of Hatillo; and west of Barceloneta and Florida. For ratings and tourist information, refer to the Arecibo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from El Yunque National Forest to Arecibo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from El Yunque National Forest in June, you will find days in Arecibo are a bit cooler (83°F), and nights are about the same (76°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Barceloneta.

Things to do in Arecibo

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Aventura Cueva Ventana ©
Aventura Cueva Ventana

few
hours
Barceloneta

Barceloneta ©
Affectionately nicknamed "City of Pineapples," Barceloneta owes its agricultural heritage to the fertility of its land and the purity its water, with its large underground water reservoirs attracting pharmaceutical companies in recent years.
To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Barceloneta road trip app .

Barceloneta is just a short distance from Arecibo. June in Barceloneta sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Toa Baja.
Highlights from your plan
Barceloneta ©
Barceloneta

1
night
Toa Baja

Toa Baja ©
Toa Baja is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the northern coast, north of Toa Alta and Bayamón; east of Dorado; and west of Cataño. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Centro de Conservacion de Manaties de Puerto Rico, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Antonio de Padua, then stop by Local Story, and finally kick back and relax at Dorado Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Toa Baja sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Barceloneta to Toa Baja in an hour. When traveling from Barceloneta in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Toa Baja, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Utuado.

Things to do in Toa Baja

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Dorado, Centro de Conservacion de Manaties de Puerto Rico
Highlights from your plan
Dorado Beach ©
Dorado Beach
Parroquia San Antonio de Padua ©
Parroquia San Antonio de Padua

1
night
Utuado

Utuado is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the central mountainous region of the island known as La Cordillera Central. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stop by Cafe Gran Batey, explore the ancient world of Parque Ceremonial Indigena de Caguana, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Utuado sightseeing planner.

Getting from Toa Baja to Utuado by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Toa Baja, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Utuado, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Quebradillas.

Things to do in Utuado

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Parque Ceremonial Indigena de Caguana
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Parque Ceremonial Indigena de Caguana ©
Cafe Gran Batey ©
Cafe Gran Batey

1
night
Quebradillas

Quebradillas ©
Quebradillas is a municipality of the island of Puerto Rico (U.S.), located in the north-western shore bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of San Sebastián; east of Isabela; and west of Camuy. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Penon Amador Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Hermina Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Tunel de Guajataca.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Quebradillas online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Utuado to Quebradillas takes an hour. In June in Quebradillas, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Cabo Rojo.

Things to do in Quebradillas

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Penon Amador Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tunel de Guajataca ©
Tunel de Guajataca

1
night
Cabo Rojo

Cabo Rojo ©
For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cabo Rojo sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Quebradillas to Cabo Rojo takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cabo Rojo when traveling from Quebradillas in June, with lows around 81°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Juan.

Things to do in Cabo Rojo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Joyuda ©
Joyuda
Kiosco de Dulces Tipicoss ©
Kiosco de Dulces Tipicoss

3
nights
San Juan

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, then view the masterpieces at The Poet's Passage, then get to know the fascinating history of San Juan National Historic Site, and finally appreciate the history behind Paseo de los Presidentes.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan trip tool .

Getting from Cabo Rojo to San Juan by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and shuttle. June in San Juan sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

La Marquesa Forest Park
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Isla Verde Beach ©
Isla Verde Beach

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