32 days in California Deserts, Santo Domingo Pueblo & Puerto Rico Itinerary

32 days in California Deserts, Santo Domingo Pueblo & Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Palm Springs, United States
— 5 nights
Fly to Albuquerque International Sunport, Drive to Santo Domingo Pueblo
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Santo Domingo Pueblo, United States
— 5 nights
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Drive to Albuquerque International Sunport, Fly to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Drive to Ponce
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Ponce, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 5 nights
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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 5 nights
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Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 5 nights
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El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
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Palm Springs, United States — 5 nights

Venture out of the city with trips to Palm Desert (The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens & Desert Holocaust Memorial).

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Palm Springs trip itinerary builder site.

Tampa to Palm Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Palm Springs is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Tampa in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Palm Springs, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Santo Domingo Pueblo.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips

Santo Domingo Pueblo, United States — 5 nights

Kewa Pueblo , formerly known as Santo Domingo Pueblo, is an Indian pueblo and a census-designated place in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santo Domingo Pueblo: Ojito Wilderness (in San Ysidro) and Ponderosa Valley Vineyards (in Ponderosa). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santo Domingo Pueblo, take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, take a peaceful walk through Santa Fe National Forest, and grab your bike and head to La Bajada Hill.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santo Domingo Pueblo trip itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Palm Springs to Santo Domingo Pueblo. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Palm Springs in January, expect Santo Domingo Pueblo to be cooler, temps between 44°F and 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ponce.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Ponce, Puerto Rico — 3 nights

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Change things up with these side-trips from Ponce: Utuado (Cacique Eco Adventure Tanama & Horseback Riding Tours) and Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy (in Camuy). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce and examine the collection at Parque de Bombas.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ponce trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santo Domingo Pueblo to Ponce. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Santo Domingo Pueblo to Ponce. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Santo Domingo Pueblo in February: high temperatures in Ponce hover around 81°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan.
Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours
Side Trips

San Juan, Puerto Rico — 5 nights

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
Make the 12th (Sat) a memorable day with a climbing tour. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Condado Beach, don't miss a visit to Ashford Avenue, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of History, Anthropology and Art.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Ponce to San Juan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a shuttle. In February in San Juan, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Isla de Vieques.
Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
Side Trips

Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico — 5 nights

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.
Isla de Vieques is known for beaches, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Balneario Sun Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Media Luna, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques online visit planner.

You can fly from San Juan to Isla de Vieques in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Isla de Vieques are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Culebra.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Culebra, Puerto Rico — 5 nights

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Culebra is known for beaches, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach, stroll through Brava Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and step off the mainland to explore Culebrita.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Culebra road trip app.

Fly from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In February in Culebra, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can fly to El Yunque National Forest.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico — 3 nights

Get out of town with these interesting El Yunque National Forest side-trips: Fajardo (Kayaking & Canoeing, Laguna Grande, &more) and Isla Palominos (in Las Croabas). Make the 25th (Fri) an awe-inspiring day at El Yunque National Forest.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read El Yunque National Forest online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in February, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Adventure
Side Trip

Puerto Rico travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Kayaking & Canoeing
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.