11 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

11 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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11 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Wichita
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Ferry:  11​h
1
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3​h 15​min
2
Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rincon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
El Yunque National Forest
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Wichita

2
nights
Culebra

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
On the 29th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Culebra trip itinerary planning website .

Wichita, USA to Culebra is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Wichita to Culebra, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Wichita in December, with highs in Culebra at 85°F and lows at 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Culebra

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

2
nights
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the striking features of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga, see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, then take an in-depth tour of Ponce History Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at La Guancha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto de Collores, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce, then look for gifts at Plaza del Caribe, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Casa Armstrong Poventud.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ponce online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Culebra to Ponce takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Culebra in December; daily highs in Ponce reach 80°F and lows reach 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Rincon.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Salto de Collores
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Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
La Guancha ©
La Guancha

2
nights
Rincon

A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
On the 2nd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Survival Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by Ocean State of Mind. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Rompe Olas, visit a coastal fixture at El Faro Park, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Aguadilla y del Caribe, then shop like a local with Playa Oeste Gallery, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Punta Higuera Light House.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rincon trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Ponce to Rincon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Ponce in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rincon, with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Rincon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Aguadilla
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Survival Beach ©
Survival Beach
Playa Rompe Olas ©
Playa Rompe Olas

2
nights
El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind, then trek along Big Tree Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Angelito Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Torre Britton. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Bosque Nacional El Yunque, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls), and then hike along The Mine Trail (La Mina).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the El Yunque National Forest trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rincon to El Yunque National Forest takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to San Juan.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind, Bosque Nacional El Yunque
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Big Tree Trail ©
Big Tree Trail
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) ©
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls)
Bosque Nacional El Yunque ©
Bosque Nacional El Yunque

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San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
On the 6th (Mon), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Vega Baja, and then kick back and relax at Playa Mar Chiquita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): kick back and relax at Isla Verde Beach, then contemplate the long history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Poet's Passage.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Juan trip planner.

Drive from El Yunque National Forest to San Juan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. January in San Juan sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Playa Mar Chiquita, Playa Vega Baja
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Playa Vega Baja ©
Playa Vega Baja
Playa Mar Chiquita ©
Playa Mar Chiquita
Isla Verde Beach ©
Isla Verde Beach

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