18 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

18 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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18 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: San Juan
Fly:  30​min
1
Culebra
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  1​h 45​min
2
Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Juan
— 7 nights
Fly:  30​min
4
Isla de Vieques
— 5 nights
Fly:  30​min
End: San Juan

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, adventure, outdoors, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach, step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island, browse the collection at Culebra Public Library, and stroll through Carlos Rosario Beach.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Culebra trip maker website .

San Juan to Culebra is an approximately half hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

2
nights
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga, then get to know the fascinating history of La Guancha, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla de Caja de Muertos. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, examine the collection at El Museo Castillo Serralles, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ponce trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Culebra to Ponce takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and car. In December in Ponce, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to San Juan.

Things to do in Ponce

Parks Museums Nature
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Isla de Caja de Muertos ©
Isla de Caja de Muertos
La Guancha ©
La Guancha
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce

7
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Juan: El Yunque National Forest (El Yunque Rain Forest & Luquillo Beach). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan, kick back and relax at Condado Beach, ponder the world of politics at La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina, and contemplate the long history of San Juan National Historic Site.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juan travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Ponce to San Juan takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carolina, Luquillo Beach, El Yunque Rain Forest
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Luquillo Beach ©
Luquillo Beach
Condado Beach ©
Condado Beach

5
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.
Isla de Vieques is known for nature, beaches, adventure, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Sun Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Secret Beach.

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Isla de Vieques is very close to San Juan. January in Isla de Vieques sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach

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