8 days in Lakeland & Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland & Puerto Rico Itinerary

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8 days in Lakeland & Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Tampa, United States
Drive:  45​min
1
Lakeland, United States
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
2
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 30​min
3
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Tampa, United States

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nights
Lakeland, United States

Lakeland ©
Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida, located along Interstate 4 east of Tampa. Kids will enjoy Common Ground Park and Dinosaur World. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Louisa State Park and Tampa Bay Sporting Clays and Archery. When in Lakeland, make a side trip to see Withlacoochee State Trail in Inverness, approximately 1h 30 min away. It doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and look for all kinds of wild species at Circle B Bar Reserve.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lakeland itinerary planner.

Tampa to Lakeland is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Lakeland are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Fajardo.

Things to do in Lakeland

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tampa Bay Sporting Clays and Archery, Dinosaur World, Withlacoochee State Trail, Lake Louisa State Park
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Tampa Bay Sporting Clays and Archery ©
Lake Louisa State Park ©
Lake Louisa State Park
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World

1
night
Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Fajardo ©
Fajardo is a small city and municipality in Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the east region of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Ceiba and east of Luquillo. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Palomino Island, then look for gifts at Monkey Threads, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fajardo online travel route builder .

Explore your travel options from Lakeland to Fajardo with the Route module. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lakeland in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Fajardo, with lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to ride a ferry to Culebra.

Things to do in Fajardo

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Zipline, El Yunque Rain Forest, Monkey Threads
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Palomino Island ©
Palomino Island
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Zipline

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Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stroll through Flamenco Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Soldado Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Culebra trip maker app .

You can ride a ferry from Fajardo to Culebra in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

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.
On the 17th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at La Chiva and then enjoy the sand and surf at Caracas Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Culebra to Isla de Vieques by combination of flight and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In October in Isla de Vieques, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Caracas Beach ©
Caracas Beach
La Chiva ©
La Chiva

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