12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Billings
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
2
Culebra
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
El Yunque National Forest
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Arecibo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Billings

2
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
When in San Juan, make a side trip to see Centro de Conservacion de Manaties de Puerto Rico in Bayamon, approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan, enjoy the sand and surf at Condado Beach, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Juan journey planner .

Billings, USA to San Juan is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Billings to San Juan is 3 hours. In December, San Juan is much warmer than Billings - with highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to Culebra.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Centro de Conservacion de Manaties de Puerto Rico
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Condado Beach ©
Condado Beach

3
nights
Culebra

Culebra ©
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, nature, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach, stroll through Zoni Beach, enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Culebra trip planner.

Culebra is just a stone's throw from San Juan. December in Culebra sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Culebra

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
nights
El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) and then take a peaceful walk through El Yunque Rain Forest.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our El Yunque National Forest road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in El Yunque National Forest are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Arecibo.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks Nature Wildlife
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) ©
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls)

2
nights
Arecibo

Arecibo ©
Arecibo is a municipality on the northern coast of Puerto Rico (U.S.), on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, located north of Utuado and Ciales; east of Hatillo; and west of Barceloneta and Florida. Get out of town with these interesting Arecibo side-trips: Crashboat Beach (in Aguadilla), Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy (in Camuy) and Monumento al Cacique Mabodamaca (in Isabela). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Indio, make a trip to Aventura Cueva Ventana, and head outdoors with El Poza del Obispo.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Arecibo itinerary planner.

You can drive from El Yunque National Forest to Arecibo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from El Yunque National Forest in December, things will get a bit cooler in Arecibo: highs are around 80°F and lows about 70°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arecibo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Crashboat Beach, Monumento al Cacique Mabodamaca, Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy
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Cueva del Indio ©
Cueva del Indio
Crashboat Beach ©
Crashboat Beach

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