8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Fly to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Drive to Ponce
— 1 night
Drive to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Ferry to Culebra
— 2 nights
San Juan
— 4 nights


Ponce — 1 night

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce, see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza Las Delicias.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ponce trip planner.

Tampa, USA to Ponce is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Tampa to Ponce, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Tampa in November since evenings lows in Ponce dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Culebra.
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Culebra — 2 nights

Little Island

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 29th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse and then head off the coast to Culebrita.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Culebra trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Ponce to Culebra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Culebra can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to San Juan.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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San Juan — 4 nights

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
Take a break from San Juan with a short trip to El Yunque National Forest in El Yunque National Forest, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Old San Juan, enjoy the sand and surf at Condado Beach, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Juan trip planner.

You can fly from Culebra to San Juan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in November, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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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.