10 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

10 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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10 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

New York City
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
San Juan
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  30​min
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  30​min
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Ponce
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
New York City

3
days
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Step out of the city life by going to The El Yunque Rain Forest and Luquillo Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old San Juan and San Juan Cemetery. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of San Juan National Historic Site, take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, and don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Princesa.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Juan itinerary builder.

New York City, USA to San Juan is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to San Juan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in San Juan hover around 90°F and lows are around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

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El Yunque National Forest
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Luquillo Beach ©
Luquillo Beach
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum and then explore the activities along Sun Bay.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read Isla de Vieques travel planner.

Isla de Vieques is very close to San Juan. In September, daytime highs in Isla de Vieques are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Culebra.

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Sun Bay ©
Sun Bay
Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum ©
Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum

2
days
Culebra

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse and then kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Soldado Beach, kick back and relax at Zoni Beach, and then kick back and relax at Brava Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Culebra vacation planner.

Culebra is just a stone's throw from Isla de Vieques. In September, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ponce.

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Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

2
days
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Isla de Caja de Muertos and then get to know the fascinating history of La Guancha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce, see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, then get engrossed in the history at Ponce History Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of our Lady of Guadeloupe.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ponce travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Culebra to Ponce in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Ponce are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Tue).

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La Guancha ©
La Guancha
Museo de Arte de Ponce
Museo de Arte de Ponce
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas

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