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

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Ashford Avenue and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Old San Juan, then get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de La Democracia.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Juan trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to San Juan. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Juan, with lows around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Culebra.
Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
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Culebra — 2 nights

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
On the 7th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Flamenco Beach. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Culebrita and then stroll through Playa Zoni.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Culebra trip maker app.

You can fly from San Juan to Culebra in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Culebra are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can fly to El Yunque National Forest.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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El Yunque National Forest — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stroll through El Yunque National Forest.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the El Yunque National Forest trip planning website.

You can fly from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Puerto Rico travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Kayaking & Canoeing
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.