8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico itinerary planner
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San Juan
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Ferry to Culebra
— 2 nights
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night


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.
Make the 20th (Tue) a memorable day with a climbing tour. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, stop by Seafoam, get interesting insight from Tours, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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Philadelphia, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to San Juan is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in September, with highs in San Juan at 90°F and lows at 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ponce.
Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
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Ponce — 1 night

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 22nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then take a leisurely stroll along La Guancha de Ponce.

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Traveling by car from San Juan to Ponce takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Juan in September, expect nights in Ponce to be about the same, around 76°F, while days are little chillier, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Culebra.
Museums · Outdoors · Parks · 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 23rd (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse, then head off the coast to Culebrita, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Culebra trip website.

Getting from Ponce to Culebra by combination of car and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Culebra can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to El Yunque National Forest.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

El Yunque National Forest — 1 night

On the 25th (Sun), take a peaceful walk through El Yunque National Forest.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest travel planning tool.

Getting from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car. In September, daytime highs in El Yunque National Forest are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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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.