8 days in Lakeland & Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland & Puerto Rico Itinerary

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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
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 ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tampa Bay Sporting Clays and Archery and Dinosaur World. Attractions like Common Ground Park and Circle B Bar Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Withlacoochee State Trail (in Inverness) and Lake Louisa State Park (in Clermont).

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lakeland holiday maker site.

Tampa to Lakeland is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Fajardo.

Things to do in Lakeland

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

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

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. On the 13th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through El Yunque Rain Forest. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Palomino Island, thenlook for gifts at Monkey Threads, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Fajardo trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Lakeland to Fajardo with the Route module. Traveling from Lakeland to Fajardo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lakeland in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Fajardo, with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Culebra.

Things to do in Fajardo

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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nights
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): enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach and then enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Zoni Beach, stroll through Playa Punta Soldado Beach, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Culebra attractions planner.

Ride a ferry from Fajardo to Culebra in 2.5 hours. October in Culebra sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at La Chiva and then enjoy the sand and surf at Caracas Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques route maker app.

You can drive from Culebra to Isla de Vieques in 4 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Isla de Vieques can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

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

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