8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico travel planner
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San Juan
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Ferry to Culebra
— 2 nights
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night


San Juan — 3 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.
Make the 28th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, and stroll through Condado Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan trip itinerary planning site.

Philadelphia, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, expect San Juan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 90°F and 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Ponce.
Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Beaches
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Ponce — 1 night

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then take a leisurely stroll along La Guancha de Ponce.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ponce trip itinerary tool.

Drive from San Juan to Ponce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Juan in September, you will find days in Ponce are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are about the same (76°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Culebra.
Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

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.
On the 1st (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse, then head off the coast to Culebrita, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Culebra online tour planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Ponce to Culebra in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry. In September in Culebra, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to fly to El Yunque National Forest.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

El Yunque National Forest — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at El Yunque National Forest.

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You can fly from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and car. In October, daily temperatures in El Yunque National Forest can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Nature · Wildlife · Parks
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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.