40 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

40 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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40 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
San Juan
— 9 nights
Fly:  30 min
2
Culebra
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Isla de Vieques
— 10 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h
4
El Yunque National Forest
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Ponce
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
San Sebastian
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Durham

9
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Go for a jaunt from San Juan to Luquillo to see Luquillo Beach about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan, kick back and relax at Condado Beach, don't miss a visit to Calle del Cristo, and stroll through Carolina Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read San Juan driving holiday planning site .

Durham, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Durham to San Juan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in December, things will get much warmer in San Juan: highs are around 85°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Culebra.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carolina, Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico, Luquillo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Food Tours

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: kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Brava Beach, and browse the collection at Culebra Public Library.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Culebra online trip builder .

Culebra is just a short distance from San Juan. In January, daily temperatures in Culebra can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can 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

10
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, adventure, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Sun Bay Beach, stroll through Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, step off the mainland to explore Vieques Island, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Culebra to Isla de Vieques takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time 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
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
La Chiva ©
La Chiva

5
nights
El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
Explore El Yunque National Forest's surroundings by going to Fajardo (Scuba & Snorkeling, Bioluminescent Bay, & more), Carabali Rainforest Park (in Luquillo) and Palomino Island (in Las Croabas).

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest journey builder site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Isla de Vieques to El Yunque National Forest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ponce.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Change things up with these side-trips from Ponce: Yauco (Macromural Brisa Tropical & La Escalinata), Guanica Dry Forest (in Guanica) and Cabo Rojo (Los Morrillos Lighthouse & Playa Sucia). The adventure continues: tee off at Bahia Beach Plantation, take in the waterfront at La Guancha, admire the striking features of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga, and admire the sheer force of Salto de Collores.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ponce trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from El Yunque National Forest to Ponce takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Sebastian.

Things to do in Ponce

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Puerto Rico, Yauco, Cabo Rojo, Guanica Dry Forest, Cana Gorda Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Guancha ©
La Guancha
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
San German ©
San German

3
nights
San Sebastian

San Sebastián is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located northwest of the island, south of Isabela and Quebradillas; north of Las Marías; east of Moca and Añasco; and west of Lares. Gozalandia Waterfall has been added to your itinerary. On the 30th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy and then take in the dramatic scenery at Gozalandia Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crashboat Beach, see the interesting displays at Museo de Recursos Historicos de Lares, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Sebastian online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ponce to San Sebastian in 2 hours. Traveling from Ponce in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Sebastian, with lows of 75°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Sebastian

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo de Recursos Historicos de Lares, Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy, Horseback Riding Tours, Crashboat Beach
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Crashboat Beach ©
Crashboat Beach

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