5 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

5 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Juan
— 1 night
Drive
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El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Fly
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Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Juan

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Walter Otero Contemporary Art, then sample the fine beverages at Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico, then stop by Puerto Rican Art & Crafts, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Juan trip planner.

New York City, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to San Juan. When traveling from New York City in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Juan, with highs around 90°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

El Yunque National Forest

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through El Yunque National Forest.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest online journey planner.

You can drive from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. October in El Yunque National Forest sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Culebra.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Culebra

— 2 nights

Little Island

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): see Jerry’s Jeep Rental and then kick back and relax at Playa Zoni.

Plan my trip to Culebra with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from El Yunque National Forest to Culebra in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in October, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Culebra

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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.