9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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San Juan
— 4 nights
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Culebra
— 2 nights
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Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
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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 El Yunque National Forest in El Yunque National Forest, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, sample the fine beverages at Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Condado Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read San Juan online trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, things will get much hotter in San Juan: highs are around 84°F and lows about 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to fly to Culebra.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

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Culebra

— 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 11th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse, step off the mainland to explore Culebrita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Zoni. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Flamenco Beach and then get your bearings at Culebra Public Library.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Culebra trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from San Juan to Culebra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Culebra can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Isla de Vieques

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Malecon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Balneario Sun Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Mosquito Pier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Chiva.

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Fly from Culebra to Isla de Vieques in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Forests
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.