8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Juan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
El Yunque National Forest
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  2​h
3
Isla de Vieques
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Culebra
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
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 4th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juan trip itinerary planner .

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. Traveling from Washington DC to San Juan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect San Juan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 88°F and 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in San Juan

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

El Yunque Rain Forest
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest

3
nights
El Yunque National Forest

Step out of El Yunque National Forest to go to Luquillo and see Carabali Rainforest Park, which is approximately 34 minutes away.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, use the El Yunque National Forest trip itinerary website .

Getting from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle. In May in El Yunque National Forest, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Luquillo
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Zipline
Carabali Rainforest Park ©
Carabali Rainforest Park
Yokahu Observation Tower ©
Yokahu Observation Tower

1
night
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 8th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Malecon and then explore the activities along Sun Bay Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in May, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Malecon ©
Malecon

1
night
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 9th (Thu): kick back and relax at Zoni Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Culebra trip website .

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. In May, daily temperatures in Culebra can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Culebra

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

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