10 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

10 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Taxi to Vieques, Fly to Culebra
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Culebra
— 1 night
Fly
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El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Drive
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Ponce
— 1 night
Drive
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San Juan
— 3 nights
Fly

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Isla de Vieques

— 3 nights

Isla Nena

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Balneario Sun Bay and Playa La Chiva. Step out of the city life by going to Media Luna Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Serenity Point Yoga & Visionary Arts Space, indulge in some personalized pampering at Beatriz Beauty Boutique, enjoy the sand and surf at Navio Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Mosquito Pier.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques trip itinerary site.

New York City, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to Isla de Vieques. In December, Isla de Vieques is warmer than New York City - with highs of 84°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Culebra

— 1 night

Little Island

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 22nd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, car, and flight; or ride a ferry. December in Culebra sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

El Yunque National Forest

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take a peaceful walk through El Yunque Rain Forest.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest trip builder site.

Fly from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Ponce.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Ponce

— 1 night
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce, then explore the galleries of Museo Castillo Serralles, then stop by Utopia, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Carmen Sola de Pereira de Ponce.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ponce day trip tool.

Fly from El Yunque National Forest to Ponce in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from El Yunque National Forest in December, expect Ponce to be little chillier, temps between 80°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Juan.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Do your shopping at Plaza Las Americas and Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind. You'll explore and learn at Depigment Art and Walter Otero Contemporary Art. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, take a stroll through Old San Juan, look for gifts at Puerto Rican Art & Crafts, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista.

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Drive from Ponce to San Juan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in San Juan can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Puerto Rico travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Forests
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.