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:  11​h
1
San Juan
— 5 nights
Fly:  30​min
2
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  1​h 45​min
3
Ponce
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

5
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Take a break from the city and head to The El Yunque Rain Forest and Pine Grove Beach. Old San Juan and San Juan National Historic Site will appeal to history buffs. When in San Juan, make a side trip to see Caribbean Trading Company Store in Palmer, approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Plaza Las Américas, look for gifts at Ole Curiosidades, get engrossed in the history at Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, and get a sense of history and politics at The Capitol of Puerto Rico.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Juan travel planner.

Washington DC, USA to San Juan is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 78°F in San Juan. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Culebra.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Pine Grove Beach, Caribbean Trading Company Store, 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 10th (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Culebra vacation builder.

Culebra is very close to San Juan. August in Culebra sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Culebra

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

1
night
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 12th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce, examine the collection at El Museo Castillo Serralles, and then see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ponce travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Culebra to Ponce in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and taxi. In August in Ponce, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 76°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas

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