8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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San Juan
— 2 nights
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Drive to Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Ferry to Isla de Vieques
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Drive to Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Fly to Dallas


San Juan

— 2 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.
San Juan is known for historic sites, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sitio Histórico de San Juan, enjoy the sand and surf at Condado Beach, ponder the world of politics at The Capitol of Puerto Rico, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan attractions website.

Dallas, USA to San Juan is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Dallas in December, with highs in San Juan at 85°F and lows at 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites · Beaches · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

El Yunque National Forest

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through El Yunque National Forest.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the El Yunque National Forest visit site.

Getting from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in El Yunque National Forest are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
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Highlights from your trip

Isla de Vieques

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Malecon and then stroll through Balneario Sun Bay. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa Caracas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Chiva, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December in Isla de Vieques, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:


— 2 nights
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 17th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then stroll through La Guancha de Ponce.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ponce road trip site.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Isla de Vieques to Ponce takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Isla de Vieques in December since evenings lows in Ponce dip to 70°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Puerto Rico travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Forests
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.