20 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

20 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico trip planner
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Fly
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San Juan
— 4 nights
Drive
2
El Yunque National Forest
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Culebra
— 4 nights
Fly
4
Isla de Vieques
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Camuy
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Ponce
— 1 night
Drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Fly to Christchurch

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San Juan — 4 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.
Take a break from San Juan with a short trip to Playa Luquillo in Luquillo, about 44 minutes away. Make the 26th (Mon) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and make a trip to Biaggi & Faure Fine Art.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Juan tour builder.

Christchurch, New Zealand to San Juan is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to San Juan is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Christchurch in December, you will find days in San Juan are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are much hotter (28°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to El Yunque National Forest.
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El Yunque National Forest — 2 nights

On the 30th (Fri), delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): see the interesting displays at El Yunque National Forest, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Grande.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the El Yunque National Forest online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to fly to Culebra.
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Culebra — 4 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: enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Culebra National Wildlife Refuge, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and step off the mainland to explore Culebrita.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Culebra day trip app.

Traveling by flight from El Yunque National Forest to Culebra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Culebra are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Isla de Vieques.
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Isla de Vieques — 4 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: kick back and relax at Balneario Sun Bay, step off the mainland to explore Vieques Island, take in the waterfront at Mosquito Pier, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Chiva.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques online trip maker.

You can fly from Culebra to Isla de Vieques in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In January in Isla de Vieques, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Camuy.
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Camuy — 2 nights

Camuy is a municipality of Puerto Rico, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Lares; east of Quebradillas; and west of Hatillo. On the 9th (Mon), Head underground at Aventura Cueva Ventana and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Indio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): explore the activities along Camuy River (Rio Camuy) and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Camuy holiday maker tool.

Fly from Isla de Vieques to Camuy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and car. In January in Camuy, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ponce.
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Ponce — 1 night

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then stroll through La Guancha de Ponce.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ponce road trip app.

Traveling by car from Camuy to Ponce takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in January, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Kayaking & Canoeing
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.
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