8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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El Yunque National Forest
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
San Juan
— 3 nights


El Yunque National Forest — 2 nights

Discover out-of-the-way places like Big Tree Trail and The Mine Trail (La Mina). Change things up with a short trip to Reserva Natural Medio Mundo y Daguao in Ceiba (about 32 minutes away).

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the El Yunque National Forest visit planner.

Houston, USA to El Yunque National Forest is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Houston in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in El Yunque National Forest: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Culebra.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches
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Culebra — 2 nights

Little Island

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
On the 17th (Wed), stroll through Playa Carlos Rosario, enjoy the sand and surf at Brava Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Melones Beach, then kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at Culebra Yoga.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Culebra holiday website.

Getting from El Yunque National Forest to Culebra by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Culebra are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly to San Juan.
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San Juan — 3 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.
Relax by the water at Playa Vega Baja and Pine Grove Beach. Popular historic sites such as La Muralla and Capilla del Santo Cristo de la Salud are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario El Escambron, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ocean Park, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan holiday planner.

Getting from Culebra to San Juan by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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.