Route & dates
16 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary
Start: Los Angeles
Fly: 13h 30min
San Juan— 6 nights
Isla de Vieques— 5 nights
Drive + Fly: 30min
Culebra— 3 nights
Ferry + Shuttle + Fly: 15h
End: Los Angeles
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Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.Family-friendly places like Luquillo Beach and Pine Grove Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from San Juan: The El Yunque Rain Forest (in El Yunque National Forest) and Museo de Arte de Ponce (in Ponce). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan, stop by Spicy Caribbee, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.
For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Juan travel itinerary creator.
Los Angeles, USA to San Juan is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Los Angeles to San Juan. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for a bit warmer days in San Juan, with highs around 85°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Isla de Vieques.
Things to do in San Juan
Luquillo Beach, Pine Grove Beach, Museo de Arte de Ponce, El Yunque Rain Forest
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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.Attractions like Sun Bay and Caracas Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Blue Beach, stroll through Navio Beach, take in the waterfront at Mosquito Pier, and take an in-depth tour of Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum.
To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques sightseeing planner.
Isla de Vieques is just a short distance from San Juan. December in Isla de Vieques sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Culebra.
Things to do in Isla de Vieques
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With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.Attractions like Flamenco Beach and Tamarindo Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach, stroll through Playa Punta Soldado Beach, step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island, and get lost in a book at Culebra Public Library.
To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Culebra custom trip planner.
Culebra is just a short distance from Isla de Vieques. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 74°F. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Things to do in Culebra
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