9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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San Juan
— 3 nights
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Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
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Culebra
— 2 nights
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El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
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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.
Explore San Juan's surroundings by going to Playa Luquillo (in Luquillo) and Zipline (in Rio Grande). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Condado Beach, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Las Americas.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Juan trip itinerary planner.

Boston, USA to San Juan is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, San Juan is somewhat warmer than Boston - with highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Isla de Vieques.
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Isla de Vieques — 2 nights

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 15th (Fri): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stroll through Playa Caracas, and then kick back and relax at Playa La Chiva. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Balneario Sun Bay.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from San Juan to Isla de Vieques in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight 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.
On the 17th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Zoni, head off the coast to Culebrita, and then visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Flamenco Beach.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Culebra itinerary planner.

Fly from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Culebra, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 80°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can fly to El Yunque National Forest.
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El Yunque National Forest — 1 night

On the 19th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through El Yunque National Forest.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest trip planner.

Fly from Culebra to El Yunque National Forest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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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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