8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico route maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Isla de Vieques
— 1 night
Drive to Vieques, Fly to Culebra
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Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly
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El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Drive
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Ponce
— 1 night
Drive
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San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly

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Isla de Vieques

— 1 night

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 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at La Chiva, then kick back and relax at Caracas Beach, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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

Los Angeles, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Isla de Vieques due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: highs in Isla de Vieques hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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.
On the 14th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoni Beach, step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island, and then enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Culebra trip itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of car and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Culebra

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

El Yunque National Forest

— 1 night
On the 16th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the El Yunque National Forest online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. January in El Yunque National Forest sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ponce.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Ponce

— 1 night
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 17th (Sun), examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ponce trip planner.

You can drive from El Yunque National Forest to Ponce in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In January in Ponce, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Historic Sites

San Juan

— 2 nights

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get some fabulous bargains at Puerto Rico Premium Outlets and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at The Poet's Passage, then look for gifts at Coqui el Original, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan trip builder website.

Getting from Ponce to San Juan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In January in San Juan, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Puerto Rico travel guide

4.5
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.