11 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

11 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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11 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
2
San Juan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  2​h
4
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Rincon
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Culebra

Culebra ©
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 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Brava Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Culebra National Wildlife, and then visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Melones Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Soldado Beach, then stop by Zinkowski Art Studio, and finally get lost in a book at Culebra Public Library.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Culebra online sightseeing planner .

New York City, USA to Culebra is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to Culebra due to the time zone difference. In December, Culebra is much warmer than New York City - with highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Brava Beach ©
Brava Beach
Melones Beach ©
Melones Beach
Playa Punta Soldado Beach ©
Playa Punta Soldado Beach

2
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
On the 23rd (Mon), kick back and relax at Isla Verde Beach, then kick back and relax at Balneario El Escambron, and then stroll around Parque de las Palomas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then get a sense of history and politics at La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina, then get to know the fascinating history of La Muralla, and finally pause for some photo ops at Paseo de los Presidentes.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Juan trip website .

San Juan is very close to Culebra. In December, daytime highs in San Juan are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Isla Verde Beach ©
Isla Verde Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Bosque Nacional El Yunque, hike along Big Tree Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Juan Diego Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at El Yunque and then get great views at Torre Britton.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest travel route planner .

Drive from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. December in El Yunque National Forest sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bosque Nacional El Yunque
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Big Tree Trail ©
Big Tree Trail
El Yunque ©
El Yunque
Juan Diego Falls ©
Juan Diego Falls

2
nights
Isla de Vieques

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Plata Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, then head off the coast to Vieques Island, and finally explore the ancient world of El Hombre de Puerto Ferro.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. December in Isla de Vieques sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rincon.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks Nature Beaches
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Vieques Island ©
Vieques Island
El Hombre de Puerto Ferro ©
El Hombre de Puerto Ferro
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse ©
Puerto Ferro Lighthouse

3
nights
Rincon

Rincon ©
A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Monumento al Cacique Mabodamaca, then stroll through Shacks Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Survival Beach. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Domes Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Playa Rompe Olas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rincon online tour builder .

Traveling by flight from Isla de Vieques to Rincon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and car. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in December, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rincon

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Isabela, Aguadilla
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Domes Beach ©
Domes Beach
Survival Beach ©
Survival Beach
Playa Rompe Olas ©
Playa Rompe Olas

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