8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico sightseeing planner
Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
San Juan
— 3 nights


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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, head off the coast to Culebrita, and then visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Culebra day trip tool.

San Francisco, USA to Culebra is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from San Francisco to Culebra due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from San Francisco in December, with highs in Culebra at 85°F and lows at 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Isla de Vieques.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Isla de Vieques — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then kick back and relax at Balneario Sun Bay. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, then take in the waterfront at Mosquito Pier, and then kick back and relax at Playa Media Luna.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Culebra to Isla de Vieques takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, daytime highs in Isla de Vieques are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to San Juan.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

San Juan — 3 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.
Take a break from San Juan with a short trip to El Yunque National Forest in El Yunque National Forest, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, wander the streets of Old San Juan, 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 photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read San Juan trip builder website.

Fly from Isla de Vieques to San Juan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in San Juan are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trip

Puerto Rico travel guide

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.