16 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

16 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico travel route planner

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Fly to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Drive to El Yunque National Forest
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El Yunque National Forest
— 2 nights
Fly
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Culebra
— 1 night
Fly
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San Juan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayamon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carolina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ponce
— 3 nights
Drive
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Caguas
— 2 nights
Drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Fly to Stockholm

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El Yunque National Forest

— 2 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mini Boat Adventures and Yokahu Observation Tower.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest trip website.

Stockholm, Sweden to El Yunque National Forest is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Stockholm to El Yunque National Forest. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in September; daily highs in El Yunque National Forest reach 38°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to fly to Culebra.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Culebra

— 1 night

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 15th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then step off the mainland to explore Culebrita.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Culebra holiday planner.

You can fly from El Yunque National Forest to Culebra in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Culebra can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

San Juan

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paseo de la Princesa and La Muralla. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old San Juan and Sitio Histórico de San Juan. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and ponder the world of politics at The Capitol of Puerto Rico.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Juan online holiday builder.

Fly from Culebra to San Juan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in San Juan are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bayamon.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums

Bayamon

— 1 night
Bayamón is a municipality of Puerto Rico located on the northern coastal valley, north of Aguas Buenas and Comerío; south of Toa Baja and Cataño; west of Guaynabo; and east of Toa Alta and Naranjito. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico, then explore the world behind art at Museo De Arte De Bayamon, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia San Antonio de Padua.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bayamon road trip app.

Bayamon is very close to San Juan. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carolina.

Things to do in Bayamon

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carolina

— 2 nights

Land of Giants

Known as the "Land of Giants" in honor of its celebrated residents--including poet Julia de Burgos and baseball player Roberto Clemente--Carolina makes a living as both an industrial center and a hub of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): do some rugged touring at Carabali Rainforest Park and then kick back and relax at Monserrate Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): look for gifts at Monkey Threads, then zoom along the surf with Ocean Pro Adventure - Jet Ski Tour & Boat Charters, and then head off the coast to Cayo Icacos.

Plan trip to Carolina with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Bayamon to Carolina by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and car. In September, daily temperatures in Carolina can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Ponce.

Things to do in Carolina

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Ponce

— 3 nights
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Museo de Arte de Ponce and Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Parque de Bombas and Museo Castillo Serralles will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponce: Faro Los Morrillos (in Cabo Rojo) and Island Scuba (in Guanica). There's more to do: shop like a local with Centro Cultural Carmen Sola de Pereira de Ponce and admire the striking features of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ponce travel route planner.

You can drive from Carolina to Ponce in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carolina in September: highs in Ponce hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Caguas.

Things to do in Ponce

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Caguas

— 2 nights
Caguas, founded in 1775, is a city and municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the Central Mountain Range of Puerto Rico, south of San Juan and Trujillo Alto, west of Gurabo and San Lorenzo, east of Aguas Buenas, Cidra, and Cayey.Caguas is located 20mi (twenty minutes to an hour by car) from San Juan and 40mi (an hour and a half by car; it may take longer because of mountainous area in between the two cities) from Ponce. On the 26th (Sat), examine the collection at Caguas Tourism Office, stroll around La Marquesa Forest Park, and then examine the collection at Museo del Tabaco Caguas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Caguas planning app.

Drive from Ponce to Caguas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Caguas

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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.