18 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

18 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico vacation planner

Make it your trip
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San Juan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manati
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ponce
— 4 nights
Drive
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El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Fly
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Culebra
— 3 nights
Fly to Vieques, Taxi to Isla de Vieques
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Isla de Vieques
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Luquillo Beach in Luquillo (about 44 minutes away). Make the 5th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, appreciate the history behind Monumento en Honor al Policia Puertorriqueno, stop by Pure Soul Living, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Colon.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to San Juan. May in San Juan sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manati.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Manati

— 2 nights
Manatí is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) on the northern coast, north of Morovis and Ciales; east of Florida and Barceloneta; and west of Vega Baja. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): play a few rounds at Bahia Beach Plantation and then take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata Chorro de Dona Juana. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Nuestra Senora Del Rosario, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Cueva Las Golondrinas, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mar Chiquita.

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Traveling by car from San Juan to Manati takes an hour. Traveling from San Juan in May, expect nights in Manati to be about the same, around 27°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ponce.

Things to do in Manati

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Ponce

— 4 nights
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Venture out of the city with trips to Horseback Riding Tours (in Utuado), Parroquia San Jose De La Montana (in Lares) and Sandra Farms Coffee (in Adjuntas). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce, pause for some photo ops at La Escalinata, see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, and delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque Estatal de Guanica.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ponce sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Manati to Ponce takes 2 hours. May in Ponce sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

El Yunque National Forest

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through El Yunque Rain Forest.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the El Yunque National Forest trip planner.

You can fly from Ponce to El Yunque National Forest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in El Yunque National Forest can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Culebra.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Culebra

— 3 nights

Little Island

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, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Flamenco Beach, step off the mainland to explore Culebrita, enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse, and kick back and relax at Zoni Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Culebra trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from El Yunque National Forest to Culebra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Isla de Vieques

— 4 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.
Isla de Vieques is known for beaches, nature, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario Sun Bay, stroll through Playa La Chiva, get great views at Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Culebra to Isla de Vieques in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and ferry; or ride a ferry. May in Isla de Vieques sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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.