8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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San Juan
— 2 nights
Isla de Vieques
— 1 night
— 2 nights
El Yunque National Forest
— 2 nights
Drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Fly to Washington


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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museum of History, Anthropology and Art, then steep yourself in history at Sitio Histórico de San Juan, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan, and finally don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Democracia. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ron del Barrilito Visitor Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan trip tool.

Washington, USA to San Juan is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Washington in December: high temperatures in San Juan hover around 85°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Isla de Vieques.
Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
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Isla de Vieques — 1 night

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 13th (Tue): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then stroll through Playa Media Luna, and then stroll through Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.

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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, taxi, and ferry. In December in Isla de Vieques, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to fly to Culebra.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then step off the mainland to explore Culebrita, and then visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Culebra day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December in Culebra, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to El Yunque National Forest.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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El Yunque National Forest — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through El Yunque National Forest.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the El Yunque National Forest tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for home.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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.