8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Fly
1
San Juan
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Isla de Vieques
— 1 day
Ferry to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Drive to Ponce
3
Ponce
— 1 night
Drive to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Ferry to Culebra
4
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Carolina
— 1 night
Drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Fly to Philadelphia

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San Juan — 3 nights

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at The Capitol of Puerto Rico, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista, stop by Spicy Caribbee, then stop by Ole Puerto Rico, and finally visit Old San Juan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, then look for gifts at Coqui el OriginalR, then stop by Puerto Rican Art & Crafts, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Plaza Las Americas.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read San Juan trip itinerary planning app.

Philadelphia, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in September, with highs in San Juan at 90°F and lows at 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Isla de Vieques.
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Isla de Vieques — 1 day

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 8th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Balneario Sun Bay.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Juan to Isla de Vieques in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in September, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ponce.
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Ponce — 1 night

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, then pause for some photo ops at Museo Castillo Serralles, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ponce travel tool.

Do a combination of ferry and car from Isla de Vieques to Ponce in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Culebra.
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Culebra — 2 nights

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 10th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then stroll through Flamenco Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Culebra visit planner.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Ponce to Culebra takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Culebra are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can fly to Carolina.
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Carolina — 1 night

Known as the "Land of Giants" in honor of its celebrated residents--including poet Julia de Burgos and baseball player Roberto Clemente--Carolina makes a living as both an industrial center and a hub of tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque National Forest.

For ratings and more tourist information, read Carolina trip tool.

You can fly from Culebra to Carolina in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in September, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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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.
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