8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
San Juan
— 3 nights
Fly:  30 min
2
Isla de Vieques
— 1 day
Ferry + Drive:  2 h
3
Ponce
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  45 min
5
Carolina
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11 h 15 min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at The Capitol of Puerto Rico, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, stop by Spicy Caribbee, then stop by Ole Puerto Rico, and finally steep yourself in history at Old San Juan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, then look for gifts at Coqui el Original, then stop by Puerto Rican Art & Crafts, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Plaza Las Americas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Juan trip itinerary planning app.

Philadelphia, 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 train, subway, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in September, with highs in San Juan at 90°F and lows at 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in San Juan

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

1
day
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 8th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sun Bay Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Juan 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 88°F in September, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Beaches Outdoors Nature
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach

1
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Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 9th (Sat), examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, see the interesting displays at El Museo Castillo Serralles, and then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ponce day trip app.

Getting from Isla de Vieques to Ponce by combination of ferry and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. September in Ponce sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums
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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
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 10th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then stroll through Flamenco Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Culebra visit planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Ponce to Culebra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Culebra are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Carolina.

Things to do in Culebra

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Playa Punta Soldado Beach ©
Playa Punta Soldado Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carolina trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Culebra to Carolina in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in September, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carolina

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

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