23 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

23 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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23 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: San Juan
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
El Yunque National Forest
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  2​h
3
Isla de Vieques
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Culebra
— 5 nights
Fly:  30​min
5
San Juan
— 6 nights
End: San Juan

2
nights
Ponce

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Explore Ponce's surroundings by going to Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy (in Camuy) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Utuado). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce, admire the sheer force of Salto de Collores, make a trip to Plaza of Delights (Plaza de las Delicias), and see the interesting displays at El Museo Castillo Serralles.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Ponce trip builder site .

San Juan to Ponce is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Ponce

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Salto de Collores, Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy, Horseback Riding Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce

2
nights
El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
On the 4th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Bosque Nacional El Yunque, identify plant and animal life at El Yunque Rain Forest, and then stop by Monkey Threads. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls), then take in panoramic vistas at Yokahu Observation Tower, then wander the wide-open spaces of Carabali Rainforest Park, and finally revel in the low prices at Trollbeads.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Ponce to El Yunque National Forest by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. In August in El Yunque National Forest, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Luquillo, Trollbeads, Bosque Nacional El Yunque
Highlights from your plan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Carabali Rainforest Park ©
Carabali Rainforest Park
Bosque Nacional El Yunque ©
Bosque Nacional El Yunque

7
nights
Isla de Vieques

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: contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at La Plata Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques day trip website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach

5
nights
Culebra

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, look for all kinds of wild species at Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, enjoy the sand and surf at Brava Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Culebra trip tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Culebra sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

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

6
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Get out of town with these interesting San Juan side-trips: Fajardo (Scuba & Snorkeling & Bioluminescent Bay) and Luquillo Beach (in Luquillo). The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casa BACARDI Puerto Rico, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Juan trip planner .

San Juan is just a stone's throw from Culebra. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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