9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico itinerary planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
San Juan
— 1 night
Drive
2
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Fly
3
Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

San Juan — 1 night

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.
On the 17th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, and then wander the streets of Old San Juan. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then stop by Turquesa Viejo.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Juan trip planner.

Raleigh, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Raleigh to San Juan. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Raleigh in December: high temperatures in San Juan hover around 85°F and lows are around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to El Yunque National Forest.
more
Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 18:

El Yunque National Forest — 1 night

On the 19th (Mon), delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque National Forest.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our El Yunque National Forest holiday planner.

Getting from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Isla de Vieques.
more
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Isla de Vieques — 3 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, stroll through Playa Caracas, take a leisurely stroll along Mosquito Pier, and delve into the distant past at El Hombre de Puerto Ferro.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Isla de Vieques can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Culebra.
more
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Culebrita and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Culebra online road trip planner.

You can fly from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 3.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In December, daytime highs in Culebra are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
more
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Puerto Rico travel guide

4.5
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.
more