29 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

29 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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29 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
San Juan
— 9 nights
Fly:  30​min
2
Isla de Vieques
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Aguadilla
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Ponce
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Culebra
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + shuttle + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

9
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palomino Island, Walter Otero Contemporary Art, Zipline, and other attractions you added. Appreciate the collections at Museo De Arte De Puerto Rico and Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind. Do your shopping at Caribbean Trading Company Store and Puerto Rico Premium Outlets. Venture out of the city with trips to El Yunque National Forest (Luquillo Beach, La Mina Falls, & more), Coqui International (in Palmer) and Balneario Luquillo (in Luquillo). Spend the 14th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo de la Princesa, kick back and relax at Pine Grove Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carolina Beach, and make a trip to Puerta De San Juan.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Juan attractions planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Juan is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Luquillo, Carolina, Palmer, El Yunque National Forest, Palomino Island
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Playa Mar Chiquita ©
Playa Mar Chiquita
Caribbean Trading Company Store ©
Caribbean Trading Company Store
Fundacion Casa Cortes ©
Fundacion Casa Cortes

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blue Beach and Caracas Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Gallery Galleon and Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Sun Bay, kick back and relax at Navio Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Malecon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Media Luna Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques trip planner .

Isla de Vieques is just a short distance from San Juan. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Aguadilla.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Secret Beach ©
Secret Beach
Navio Beach ©
Navio Beach
Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum ©
Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum

5
nights
Aguadilla

Aguadilla ©
Destroyed over the centuries by earthquakes and hurricanes, resilient Aguadilla now serves as one of Puerto Rico's top surfing destinations.
Do your shopping at Playa Oeste Gallery and Ocean State of Mind. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Crashboat Beach and El Faro Lighthouse. Explore Aguadilla's surroundings by going to Rincon (The Uncharted Studio, Sandy Beach, & more), La Poza De Las Golondrinas (in Isabela) and Arecibo (La Cueva del Indio & Cueva Ventana). There's much more to do: stop by Tres Puertas Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Playa Rompe Olas, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jobos Beach.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Isla de Vieques to Aguadilla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. In January in Aguadilla, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ponce.

Things to do in Aguadilla

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rincon, Isabela, Arecibo, Palacete Los Moreau
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El Faro Lighthouse ©
El Faro Lighthouse
Sandy Beach ©
Sandy Beach
Domes Beach ©
Domes Beach

4
nights
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de Arte de Ponce and Los Morrillos Light. Explore hidden gems such as Playa Sucia and Parque de Bombas. Go for a jaunt from Ponce to La Parguera to see Scuba & Snorkeling about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at El Museo Castillo Serralles, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe, stop by Utopia, and get to know the fascinating history of La Guancha.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Ponce sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Aguadilla to Ponce takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ponce are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Ponce

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cabo Rojo, La Parguera
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El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas

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.
Visit Tamarindo Beach and Flamenco Beach for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Zoni Beach and Carlos Rosario Beach. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island, visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse, stroll through Playa Punta Soldado Beach, and kick back and relax at Brava Beach.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Culebra vacation maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Ponce to Culebra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car, taxi, and ferry. January in Culebra sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Carlos Rosario Beach ©
Carlos Rosario Beach
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

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