8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
2
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h
3
Ponce
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  2​h
4
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 45​min
End: Newark

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 15th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Princesa, get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of San Juan National Historic Site.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Juan planning app .

Newark, USA to San Juan is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Newark to San Juan. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Newark in August since evenings lows in San Juan dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

El Yunque Rain Forest
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sun Bay. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Caracas Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Media Luna Beach.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques travel route planner .

Isla de Vieques is just a short distance from San Juan. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach
Caracas Beach ©
Caracas Beach

1
night
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then get to know the fascinating history of La Guancha.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Ponce travel route planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Isla de Vieques to Ponce in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, daily temperatures in Ponce can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Beaches Outdoors
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Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas
La Guancha ©
La Guancha

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 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Museo Histotico de Culebra, then kick back and relax at Zoni Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Flamenco Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Culebra trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Ponce to Culebra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Culebra can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Culebra

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

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