8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
San Juan
— 3 nights


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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Caracas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Chiva. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario Sun Bay.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Isla de Vieques tour itinerary maker site.

Austin, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Isla de Vieques is 2 hours. Traveling from Austin in July, expect nights in Isla de Vieques to be about the same, around 79°F, while days are slightly colder, around 88°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Culebra.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

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 16th (Sun): stroll through Playa Zoni, then step off the mainland to explore Culebrita, and then visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach.

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You can fly from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Culebra can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to San Juan.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
Step out of San Juan to go to El Yunque National Forest and see El Yunque National Forest, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Condado Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, steep yourself in history at Sitio Histórico de San Juan, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Juan road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Culebra to San Juan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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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.