16 days in Puerto Rico & Providence Itinerary

16 days in Puerto Rico & Providence Itinerary

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16 days in Puerto Rico & Providence Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  5​h
1
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  2​h
2
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
4
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ponce, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Camuy, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
7
Providence, United States
— 1 night
train:  45​min
End: Boston, United States

1
night
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Forest ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at El Portal Tropical Forest Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the El Yunque National Forest online holiday planner .

Boston, USA to El Yunque National Forest is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Boston to El Yunque National Forest due to the time zone difference. In December, El Yunque National Forest is much warmer than Boston - with highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Monkey Threads, Bosque Nacional El Yunque
Highlights from your plan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Bosque Nacional El Yunque ©
Bosque Nacional El Yunque
Monkey Threads ©
Monkey Threads

3
nights
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

Isla de Vieques ©
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.
Isla de Vieques is known for nature, beaches, wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sun Bay Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, identify plant and animal life at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, and enjoy the sea views from Puerto Ferro Lighthouse.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques road trip planner .

Getting from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. December in Isla de Vieques sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
La Chiva ©
La Chiva

3
nights
Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Culebra is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Flamenco Beach, enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, and step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island.

To find out how to plan a trip to Culebra, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. January in Culebra sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

3
nights
San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
San Juan is known for historic sites, adventure, beaches, nightlife, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, make a trip to The Capitol of Puerto Rico, get interesting insight from Tours, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan trip itinerary builder website .

San Juan is just a stone's throw from Culebra. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ponce.

Things to do in San Juan

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Casa Bacardi
Highlights from your plan
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 8th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, and then wander the streets of San German. On the next day, examine the collection at El Museo Castillo Serralles, then tee off at Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cardona Island Light.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ponce travel planning app .

Drive from San Juan to Ponce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In January in Ponce, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Camuy.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Golf Outdoors

Side Trip

San German
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
San German ©
San German
Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club ©
Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club

1
night
Camuy, Puerto Rico

Camuy ©
Camuy is a municipality of Puerto Rico, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Lares; east of Quebradillas; and west of Hatillo. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Monumento al Cacique Mabodamaca, contemplate the long history of Ermita San Antonio De Padua De La Tuna, and then Head underground at Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Camuy tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Ponce to Camuy in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in January, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Providence.

Things to do in Camuy

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Isabela
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Providence, United States

Providence ©
Providence has undergone a major upgrade in recent years, transforming from a rough-around-the-edges industrial city into an epicenter of culture.
On the 11th (Sat), examine the collection at Mystic Seaport Museum and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Lizzie Borden House, then see the interesting displays at New Bedford Whaling Museum, then appreciate the history behind Plymouth Rock, and finally steep yourself in history at Mayflower II.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Providence online holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Camuy to Providence. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Camuy to Providence. Traveling from Camuy in January, expect Providence to be cooler, temps between 38°F and 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Providence

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Plymouth, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, Lizzie Borden House
Highlights from your plan
Mystic Seaport Museum ©
Mystic Seaport Museum
Plymouth Rock ©
Plymouth Rock
New Bedford Whaling Museum ©
New Bedford Whaling Museum

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