9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico sightseeing planner
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Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
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.
Isla de Vieques is known for beaches, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Balneario Sun Bay, take in the waterfront at Mosquito Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Navio, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques road trip planning website.

San Juan to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 2-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and ferry. December in Isla de Vieques sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Culebra.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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 2nd (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head off the coast to Culebrita, and then visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Culebra road trip tool.

Getting from Isla de Vieques to Culebra by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Culebra are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to El Yunque National Forest.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

El Yunque National Forest — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque National Forest.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the El Yunque National Forest driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In January in El Yunque National Forest, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to San Juan.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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.
Make the 7th (Sat) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, get a sense of history and politics at La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our San Juan day trip planning app.

Drive from El Yunque National Forest to San Juan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.