8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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


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.
On the 14th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Luquillo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista.

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Washington DC, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to San Juan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect San Juan to be much hotter, temps between 85°F and 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 · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip


— 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): see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then kick back and relax at La Guancha.

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Traveling by car from San Juan to Ponce takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Juan in December: high temperatures in Ponce hover around 80°F and lows are around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Isla de Vieques

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Sun Bay Beach and La Chiva. We've included these beaches for you: Media Luna Beach and Navio Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach (Pata Prieta), take a leisurely stroll along Malecon, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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You can do a combination of car and ferry from Ponce to Isla de Vieques in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure


— 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 20th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse and then head off the coast to Culebrita Island.

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Getting from Isla de Vieques to Culebra by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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.