13 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

13 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Rincon
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Fajardo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
El Yunque National Forest
— 2 nights
Drive
5
San Juan
— 2 nights
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Culebra
— 2 nights
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Rincon — 2 nights

A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Salt Flats and Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Porta Coeli, then enjoy the sand and surf at Survival Beach, and then stroll around El Faro Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rincon route planner.

New York City, USA to Rincon is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Rincon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Rincon is much warmer than New York City - with highs of 84°F and lows of 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Ponce.
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Ponce — 2 nights

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Pozo de la Virgen Sabana Grande, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Rosada, then take an in-depth tour of Ponce History Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa Wiechers-Villaronga. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Toro Negro State Forest, then explore the galleries of Casa Canales, and then deepen your understanding at Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ponce vacation builder site.

You can drive from Rincon to Ponce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Rincon in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Ponce, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fajardo.
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Fajardo — 2 nights

Fajardo is a small city and municipality in Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the east region of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Ceiba and east of Luquillo. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Las Paylas and then stroll through Monserrate Beach. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch all the local highlights with The Innovation and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Seven Seas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fajardo driving holiday planner.

Drive from Ponce to Fajardo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to El Yunque National Forest.
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El Yunque National Forest — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Luquillo Mountain Range and then trek along Big Tree Trail. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at El Yunque National Forest, then stroll through Angelito Trail, and then stroll through El Charco Azul.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our El Yunque National Forest route planner.

Traveling by car from Fajardo to El Yunque National Forest takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Juan.
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San Juan — 2 nights

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan, take in the exciting artwork at The Poet's Passage, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Vega Baja, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Mar Chiquita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to La Muralla, then admire the local landmark of Roots Fountain, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Juan tour itinerary builder.

Drive from El Yunque National Forest to San Juan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Culebra.
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Culebra — 2 nights

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 30th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse, stroll through Brava Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Culebra National Wildlife. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Melones Beach, kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach, and then browse the collection at Culebra Public Library.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Culebra itinerary site.

You can fly from San Juan to Culebra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Kayaking & Canoeing
A U.S. territory encompassing one big island and several smaller ones, Puerto Rico appeals to visitors from around the globe with its rich history, pleasant climate, natural beauty, and renowned local cuisine. Most tourists take a vacation in Puerto Rico for that classic seaside experience, though the island offers much more than just sun and sand. Tours of Puerto Rico usually start in the city of San Juan, which boasts a trendy bar scene and plenty of art museums for visitors looking to add a bit of culture to their vacation. A short drive from the island's urban centers, pristine rainforests serve as peaceful retreats from the city bustle and ensure plenty of chances to spot wildlife and take exhilarating nature walks.