13 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

13 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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13 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  11​h
1
San Juan
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
2
Isla de Vieques
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​min
3
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 45​min
4
Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at San Juan National Historic Site and Old San Juan. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo De Arte De Puerto Rico and Cathedral of San Juan Bautista. Take a break from San Juan with a short trip to The El Yunque Rain Forest in El Yunque National Forest, about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Pine Grove Beach, stop by Spicy Caribbee, and ponder the world of politics at The Capitol of Puerto Rico.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Juan trip generator.

Washington DC, USA to San Juan is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to San Juan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get much warmer in San Juan: highs are around 85°F and lows about 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pine Grove Beach, El Yunque Rain Forest
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan

5
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.
Visit Sun Bay and Blue Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Media Luna Beach and Secret Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Caracas Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, take an in-depth tour of Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum, and contemplate the long history of Puerto Ferro Lighthouse.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques travel planner.

Isla de Vieques is just a short distance from San Juan. In December, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach

2
nights
Culebra

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
We've included these beaches for you: Flamenco Beach and Carlos Rosario Beach. Visiting Zoni Beach and Playa Punta Soldado Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and stop by Zinkowski Art Studio.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Culebra sightseeing planner.

Culebra is just a short distance from Isla de Vieques. In December in Culebra, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough 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

2
nights
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): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Guancha, and then examine the collection at El Museo Castillo Serralles.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ponce vacation builder.

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. December in Ponce sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Outdoors Beaches
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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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