9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  8​h
1
Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
3
San Juan
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Philadelphia

3
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.
Isla de Vieques is known for nature, beaches, adventure, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Bay Beach, kick back and relax at Media Luna Beach, get great views at Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, and take in the waterfront at Malecon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques driving holiday tool .

Philadelphia, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. In January, Isla de Vieques is much hotter than Philadelphia - with highs of 82°F and lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
La Chiva ©
La Chiva

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Zoni Beach, head off the coast to Culebrita Island, and then visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Culebra route site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

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

3
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Step out of San Juan with an excursion to El Yunque Rain Forest in El Yunque National Forest--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, steep yourself in history at Sitio Histórico de San Juan, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casa Bacardi.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Juan trip itinerary website .

San Juan is just a stone's throw from Culebra. In January, daytime highs in San Juan are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

El Yunque Rain Forest, Casa Bacardi
Highlights from your plan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan

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