34 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

34 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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34 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: San Juan
1
San Juan
— 8 nights
Fly:  30​min
2
Culebra
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Isla de Vieques
— 9 nights
Fly + shuttle:  2​h
4
El Yunque National Forest
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Ponce
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Barceloneta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
End: San Juan

8
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Juan: Cueva del Indio (in Arecibo) and Luquillo Beach (in Luquillo). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, and steep yourself in history at Sitio Histórico de San Juan.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Juan trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Juan. In September in San Juan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Culebra.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carolina, Cueva del Indio, Luquillo Beach, 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

6
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: kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melones Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Culebra holiday maker site .

Culebra is just a short distance from San Juan. In October, daytime highs in Culebra are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

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

9
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: explore the activities along Sun Bay Beach, don't miss a visit to La Gran Ceiba de Vieques, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Plata Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Isla de Vieques visit site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Culebra to Isla de Vieques takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Isla de Vieques can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge

4
nights
El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
Change things up with these side-trips from El Yunque National Forest: Fajardo (Scuba & Snorkeling, Bioluminescent Bay, & more), Carabali Rainforest Park (in Luquillo) and Palomino Island (in Las Croabas).

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the El Yunque National Forest itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Isla de Vieques to El Yunque National Forest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ponce.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fajardo, Luquillo, Zipline, Bosque Nacional El Yunque
Highlights from your plan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Scuba & Snorkeling
Carabali Rainforest Park ©
Carabali Rainforest Park

5
nights
Ponce

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), Guanica Dry Forest (in Guanica) and Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy (in Camuy). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce, examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, kick back and relax at Cana Gorda Beach, and admire the sheer force of Salto de Collores.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Ponce vacation builder .

Drive from El Yunque National Forest to Ponce in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from El Yunque National Forest in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ponce: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Barceloneta.

Things to do in Ponce

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cana Gorda Beach, Salto de Collores, Guanica Dry Forest, Horseback Riding Tours, Bahia Beach Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce

1
night
Barceloneta

Barceloneta ©
Affectionately nicknamed "City of Pineapples," Barceloneta owes its agricultural heritage to the fertility of its land and the purity its water, with its large underground water reservoirs attracting pharmaceutical companies in recent years.
Gabriel Lugo Birding Tour Guide has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Wed), revel in the low prices at Puerto Rico Premium Outlets, then make a trip to Barceloneta, and then get a dose of the wild on Gabriel Lugo Birding Tour Guide.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Barceloneta trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Ponce to Barceloneta takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Barceloneta are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Barceloneta

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Rico Premium Outlets ©
Puerto Rico Premium Outlets
Barceloneta ©
Barceloneta

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