36 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

36 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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San Juan
— 6 nights
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Culebra
— 7 nights
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El Yunque National Forest
— 2 nights
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Isla de Vieques
— 5 nights
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Manati
— 2 nights
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Utuado
— 2 nights
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Ponce
— 2 nights
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Rincon
— 2 nights
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Aguadilla
— 2 nights
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San Sebastian
— 3 nights
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San Juan — 6 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.
Make the 19th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Spend the 16th (Thu) peacefully gliding across the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, make a trip to Ashford Avenue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Juan road trip tool.

Budapest, Hungary to San Juan is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Budapest in December, things will get much hotter in San Juan: highs are around 34°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Culebra.
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Culebra — 7 nights

Little Island

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: enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Culebra Yoga, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Melones Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Culebra road trip planning website.

You can fly from San Juan to Culebra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to El Yunque National Forest.
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El Yunque National Forest — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): examine the collection at El Yunque National Forest, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then take in panoramic vistas at Yokahu Observation Tower. On your second day here, take a peaceful walk through El Yunque National Forest.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read El Yunque National Forest trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In December in El Yunque National Forest, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Isla de Vieques.
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Isla de Vieques — 5 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.
Isla de Vieques is known for beaches, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario Sun Bay, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Caracas, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques trip planner.

You can fly from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In December in Isla de Vieques, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Manati.
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Manati — 2 nights

Manatí is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) on the northern coast, north of Morovis and Ciales; east of Florida and Barceloneta; and west of Vega Baja. On the 3rd (Mon), stroll through Dorado Beach East and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Vega Baja. On your second day here, stroll through Playa La Cueva Las Golondrinas and then kick back and relax at Playa Mar Chiquita.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Manati route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Isla de Vieques to Manati takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, shuttle, and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Utuado.
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Utuado — 2 nights

Utuado is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the central mountainous region of the island known as La Cordillera Central. Step out of Utuado to go to Camuy and see Clara Cave (Cueva Clara), which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trek along with Hiking & Camping Tours, explore the ancient world of Parque Ceremonial Indigena de Caguana, explore the activities along Lake Dos Bocas, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Utuado trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Manati to Utuado by car takes about an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ponce.
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Ponce — 2 nights

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 8th (Sat), examine the collection at Parque de Bombas and then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Gilligan's Island and then take in the waterfront at La Guancha de Ponce.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ponce travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Utuado to Ponce by car takes about an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Rincon.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandy Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Faro de Punta Higuera and then enjoy the sand and surf at Domes Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rincon travel 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 bit warmer evenings in Rincon when traveling from Ponce in January, with lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aguadilla.
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Aguadilla — 2 nights

Garden of the Atlantic

Destroyed over the centuries by earthquakes and hurricanes, resilient Aguadilla now serves as one of Puerto Rico's top surfing destinations.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): delve into the distant past at The Old Aguadilla Lighthouse Ruins and then kick back and relax at Jobos Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Aguadilla holiday planner.

Aguadilla is just a stone's throw from Rincon. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Aguadilla when traveling from Rincon in January, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to San Sebastian.
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San Sebastian — 3 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Sebastian: Hacienda Tres Angeles (in Adjuntas), Puerto Hermina Beach (in Quebradillas) and Christopher Columbus Statue (in Mayaguez).

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read San Sebastian tour itinerary maker app.

San Sebastian is just a short distance from Aguadilla. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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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.
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