36 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

36 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Juan
— 7 nights
Drive
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El Yunque National Forest
— 4 nights
Fly
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Culebra
— 6 nights
Fly to Vieques, Taxi to Isla de Vieques
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Isla de Vieques
— 6 nights
Ferry to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Drive to Ponce
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Ponce
— 5 nights
Drive
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Isabela
— 6 nights
Drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Fly to Valletta

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San Juan

— 7 nights

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Juan: Zipline (in Rio Grande) and Playa Luquillo (in Luquillo). Make the 28th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Condado Beach, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and kick back and relax at Pine Grove Beach.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan trip planner.

Valletta, Malta to San Juan is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Valletta to San Juan, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Valletta in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Juan, with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 30:

El Yunque National Forest

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around El Yunque National Forest: Isla Palominos (in Las Croabas) and Fajardo (Reserva Natural Cabezas de San Juan, Kayaking & Canoeing, &more). Make the 31st (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at El Yunque Rain Forest.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July in El Yunque National Forest, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Culebra.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:

Culebra

— 6 nights

Little Island

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, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Melones Beach, step off the mainland to explore Culebrita, and see the interesting displays at Museo Historico de Culebra.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Culebra online visit planner.

You can fly from El Yunque National Forest to Culebra in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Culebra can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 9:

Isla de Vieques

— 6 nights

Isla Nena

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 beaches, nature, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Balneario Sun Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Media Luna, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Culebra to Isla de Vieques in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or ride a ferry. August in Isla de Vieques sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 15:

Ponce

— 5 nights
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponce: Playa de Guanica (Gilligan's Island & Cana Gorda Beach) and Guanica (Island Scuba & Bosque Estatal de Guanica). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce, head off the coast to Isla de Caja de Muertos, appreciate the history behind Museo Castillo Serralles, and take in the waterfront at La Guancha de Ponce.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ponce tour planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Isla de Vieques to Ponce takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Ponce can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Isabela.

Things to do in Ponce

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 20:

Isabela

— 6 nights
Isabela is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the north-western region of the island, north of San Sebastián; west of Quebradillas; and east of Aguadilla and Moca. Explore Isabela's surroundings by going to Mayaguez Mall (in Mayaguez), Utuado (River Rafting & Tubing & Horseback Riding Tours) and Balneario de Boqueron (in Boqueron). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy, enjoy the sand and surf at Jobos Beach, stroll through Playa Crashboat, and don't miss a visit to Aventura Cueva Ventana.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Isabela online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ponce to Isabela in 2 hours. August in Isabela sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Isabela

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 26:

Puerto Rico travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Forests
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.