5 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

5 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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San Juan
— 1 night
— 2 nights
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night


San Juan

— 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Wed), make a trip to Plaza de La Democracia and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museum of History, Anthropology and Art, get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan trip maker site.

Durham, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to San Juan is 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Durham in December, with highs in San Juan at 85°F and lows at 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Culebra.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums
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— 2 nights

Little Island

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then step off the mainland to explore Culebrita.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Culebra trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Juan to Culebra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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El Yunque National Forest

— 1 night
On the 12th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through El Yunque Rain Forest.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the El Yunque National Forest itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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.