5 days in El Yunque National Forest, Arecibo & San Juan Itinerary

5 days in El Yunque National Forest, Arecibo & San Juan Itinerary

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5 days in El Yunque National Forest, Arecibo & San Juan Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Arecibo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
End: New York City

1
night
El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) and then identify plant and animal life at El Yunque Rain Forest.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read El Yunque National Forest attractions planner.

New York City, USA to El Yunque National Forest is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in El Yunque National Forest, with highs around 90°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Arecibo.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks Nature Wildlife
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) ©
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls)

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. You've now added Aventura Cueva Ventana to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Mar Chiquita, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral San Felipe Apostol, and then admire all the interesting features of Aventura Cueva Ventana.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Arecibo trip planner.

You can drive from El Yunque National Forest to Arecibo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. While traveling from El Yunque National Forest, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Arecibo, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan.

Things to do in Arecibo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Playa Mar Chiquita
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Aventura Cueva Ventana ©
Aventura Cueva Ventana
Playa Mar Chiquita ©
Playa Mar Chiquita
Catedral San Felipe Apostol ©
Catedral San Felipe Apostol

2
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, get to know the fascinating history of La Muralla, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo de la Princesa. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Paseo de los Presidentes, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Vega Baja, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery.

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You can drive from Arecibo to San Juan in an hour. In October, daytime highs in San Juan are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Vega Baja
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Playa Vega Baja ©
Playa Vega Baja

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