17 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

17 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Fly
2
Culebra
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Isla de Vieques
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Juan
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Ponce
— 3 nights
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El Yunque National Forest

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Yokahu Observation Tower and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read El Yunque National Forest day trip tool.

Miami, USA to El Yunque National Forest is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Miami in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in El Yunque National Forest, with lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can fly to Culebra.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

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Culebra

— 4 nights

Little Island

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Culebra is known for beaches, wildlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Flamenco Beach, kick back and relax at Playa Carlos Rosario, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and head off the coast to Culebrita.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Culebra online itinerary builder.

Fly from El Yunque National Forest to Culebra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Isla de Vieques

— 4 nights

Isla Nena

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.
Isla de Vieques is known for beaches, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Balneario Sun Bay, kick back and relax at Playa La Chiva, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques attractions planning app.

You can fly from Culebra to Isla de Vieques in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to San Juan.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

San Juan

— 4 nights

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
Take a break from San Juan with a short trip to Playa Luquillo in Luquillo, about 44 minutes away. Make the 10th (Mon) a memorable day with a climbing tour. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Sitio Histórico de San Juan, get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and sample the fine beverages at Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Juan day trip planner.

Fly from Isla de Vieques to San Juan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in San Juan can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Ponce.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

Ponce

— 3 nights
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Get out of town with these interesting Ponce side-trips: Utuado (Horseback Riding Tours & Cacique Eco Adventure Tanama) and Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy (in Camuy). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce and admire all the interesting features of La Guancha de Ponce.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ponce day trip planning app.

You can drive from San Juan to Ponce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ponce

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Puerto Rico travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
A U.S. territory encompassing one big island and several smaller ones, Puerto Rico appeals to visitors from around the globe with its rich history, pleasant climate, natural beauty, and renowned local cuisine. Most tourists take a vacation in Puerto Rico for that classic seaside experience, though the island offers much more than just sun and sand. Tours of Puerto Rico usually start in the city of San Juan, which boasts a trendy bar scene and plenty of art museums for visitors looking to add a bit of culture to their vacation. A short drive from the island's urban centers, pristine rainforests serve as peaceful retreats from the city bustle and ensure plenty of chances to spot wildlife and take exhilarating nature walks.