11 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

11 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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11 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Carolina
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  45​min
2
Culebra
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  1​h 45​min
3
Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  2​h
4
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
5
San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

1
night
Carolina

Carolina ©
Known as the "Land of Giants" in honor of its celebrated residents--including poet Julia de Burgos and baseball player Roberto Clemente--Carolina makes a living as both an industrial center and a hub of tourism.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pine Grove Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carolina trip itinerary planner.

Kansas City, USA to Carolina is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Carolina when traveling from Kansas City in August, with lows around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Carolina

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind
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Pine Grove Beach ©
Pine Grove Beach
Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind ©
Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind

3
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 3rd (Thu), stop by Zinkowski Art Studio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Flamenco Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Soldado Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Culebra trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Carolina to Culebra takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Culebra

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

2
nights
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce, then examine the collection at El Museo Castillo Serralles, and then see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): admire the striking features of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga, then explore and take pictures at La Guancha, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla de Caja de Muertos.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ponce vacation planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Culebra to Ponce in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. August in Ponce sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Ponce

Parks Museums Nature
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Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas

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.
On the 7th (Mon), kick back and relax at Blue Beach and then kick back and relax at Caracas Beach. On your second day here, shop like a local with Gallery Galleon and then explore the activities along Sun Bay.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Ponce to Isla de Vieques in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Caracas Beach ©
Caracas Beach
Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach

2
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Paseo de la Princesa, revel in the low prices at Coach Outlet Store, then take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at San Juan National Historic Site, stroll the grounds of San Juan Cemetery, and then browse the different shops at Plaza Las Américas.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Juan trip generator.

San Juan is just a stone's throw from Isla de Vieques. In August, daily temperatures in San Juan can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Paseo de la Princesa ©
Paseo de la Princesa
Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery ©
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan

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