8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico trip planner

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San Juan
— 1 night
— 1 night
Drive to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Ferry to Isla de Vieques
Isla de Vieques
— 4 nights
Taxi to Vieques, Fly to Culebra
— 1 night


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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Paseo de la Princesa. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Old San Juan and then contemplate the long history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan trip itinerary app.

Washington DC, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get much hotter in San Juan: highs are around 85°F and lows about 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Ponce.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods


— 1 night
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Casa Wiechers-Villaronga, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, then examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Carmen Sola de Pereira de Ponce.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ponce trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from San Juan to Ponce in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Juan in December; daily highs in Ponce reach 80°F and lows reach 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Isla de Vieques

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Caracas Beach and Playa La Chiva. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Pata Prieta and Navio Beach. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trot along with a tour on horseback, stop by Isla Vida, and take in the waterfront at Malecon.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques tour planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Ponce to Isla de Vieques takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours


— 1 night

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 21st (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Culebra trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight; or ride a ferry. In December in Culebra, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Culebra

Outdoors · Tours
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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.