12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  11​h
1
San Juan
— 7 nights
Fly:  30​min
2
Culebra
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 45​min
3
Ponce
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

7
nights
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like San Juan National Historic Site and Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. Venture out of the city with trips to Caribbean Trading Company Store (in Palmer) and Puerto Rico Premium Outlets (in Barceloneta). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old San Juan, get a sense of history and politics at La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina, look for gifts at Ole Curiosidades, and buy something for everyone on your list at Plaza Las Américas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Juan travel itinerary creator.

Washington DC, USA to San Juan is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to San Juan. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in San Juan hover around 85°F and lows are around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Culebra.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pine Grove Beach, Caribbean Trading Company Store, El Yunque Rain Forest, Luquillo Beach, Puerto Rico Premium Outlets
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan

3
nights
Culebra

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Step out of the city life by going to Flamenco Beach and Carlos Rosario Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Zoni Beach and Tamarindo Beach. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island, stroll through Playa Punta Soldado Beach, look for gifts at Zinkowski Art Studio, and visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Culebra itinerary builder.

Culebra is just a short distance from San Juan. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

1
night
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce, see the interesting displays at El Museo Castillo Serralles, and then examine the collection at Parque de Bombas.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Ponce trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Culebra to Ponce in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Ponce are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas

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