13 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

13 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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13 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  31​h
1
San Juan
— 1 night
Fly:  30​min
2
Isla de Vieques
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​min
3
Culebra
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  1​h 45​min
4
Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Auckland

1
night
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of San Juan Bautista and then don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Princesa.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan itinerary builder.

Auckland, New Zealand to San Juan is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Auckland to San Juan. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in San Juan: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in San Juan

Beaches Historic Sites Parks
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Paseo de la Princesa ©
Paseo de la Princesa
Condado Beach ©
Condado Beach

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Blue Beach and Sun Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caracas Beach and Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, explore the galleries of Gallery Galleon, and get engrossed in the history at Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques vacation trip planner.

Isla de Vieques is just a short distance from San Juan. In October, daily temperatures in Isla de Vieques can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Caracas Beach ©
Caracas Beach
La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Zoni Beach and Playa Punta Soldado Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tamarindo Beach and Culebrita Island. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get lost in a book at Culebra Public Library, stop by Zinkowski Art Studio, and enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Culebra sightseeing planner.

Culebra is very close to Isla de Vieques. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Culebra

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

2
nights
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce and then step off the mainland to explore Isla de Caja de Muertos. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga, examine the collection at El Museo Castillo Serralles, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of La Guancha.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ponce trip planner.

Getting from Culebra to Ponce by combination of flight and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Ponce can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ponce

Parks Nature Museums
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Isla de Caja de Muertos ©
Isla de Caja de Muertos
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles

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