8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+2
Subway + Train + Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Fly:  30 min
2
San Juan
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Ponce
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Carolina
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  45 min
5
Culebra
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Subway:  6 h 45 min
End: New York City

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Malecon and then explore the activities along Sun Bay Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques day trip planning website.

New York City, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 8- hour combination of subway, train, and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of subway, train, flight, shuttle, and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in Isla de Vieques at 82°F and lows at 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Beaches Outdoors Nature
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Malecon ©
Malecon

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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 26th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, then look for gifts at Spicy Caribbee, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Juan journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Isla de Vieques to San Juan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In January, daytime highs in San Juan are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ponce.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan

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Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire the striking features of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ponce trip planning app.

You can drive from San Juan to Ponce in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In January in Ponce, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carolina.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas
Casa Wiechers-Villaronga ©
Casa Wiechers-Villaronga

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): stroll through El Yunque Rain Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): try your luck at The Casino at The Ritz-Carlton San Juan and then kick back and relax at Pine Grove Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Carolina trip itinerary app.

Drive from Ponce to Carolina in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Carolina

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

El Yunque Rain Forest
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Pine Grove Beach ©
Pine Grove Beach

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Culebra

Culebra ©
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 30th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach and then head off the coast to Culebrita Island.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Culebra trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Carolina to Culebra takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

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