9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Juan
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​min
2
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

4
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Take a break from San Juan with a short trip to El Yunque Rain Forest in El Yunque National Forest, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, stop by Coqui el Original, and contemplate the long history of Old San Juan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Juan trip builder site .

Washington DC, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to San Juan due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Washington DC in February, with highs in San Juan at 84°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to Culebra.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Casa Bacardi, El Yunque Rain Forest
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan

2
nights
Culebra

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
On the 12th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse, then head off the coast to Culebrita Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach and then get lost in a book at Culebra Public Library.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Culebra journey planning site .

Culebra is just a stone's throw from San Juan. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in February, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

2
nights
Isla de Vieques

Isla de Vieques ©
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 14th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Malecon and then stroll through Sun Bay. On your second day here, take a leisurely stroll along Mosquito Pier, identify plant and animal life at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, and then kick back and relax at La Chiva.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Culebra to Isla de Vieques in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in February, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
La Chiva ©
La Chiva

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