9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Newark
plane:  6​h 30​min
1
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Rincon
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
4
San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Newark

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Culebrita Lighthouse, then head off the coast to Culebrita Island, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoni Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Culebra online trip planner .

Newark, USA to Culebra is an approximately 7-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Newark to Culebra. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in December; daily highs in Culebra reach 85°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Rincon.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Playa Punta Soldado Beach ©
Playa Punta Soldado Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

1
night
Rincon

Rincon ©
A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, kick back and relax at Sandy Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at El Faro Lighthouse.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rincon route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Culebra to Rincon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car. In December, daytime highs in Rincon are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Rincon

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Sandy Beach ©
Sandy Beach
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve ©
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve
El Faro Lighthouse ©
El Faro Lighthouse

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nights
Isla de Vieques

Isla de Vieques ©
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 28th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Malecon and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sun Bay Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take some stellar pictures from Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, and then stroll through La Chiva.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques holiday maker app .

Traveling by flight from Rincon to Isla de Vieques takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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San Juan

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, then take a stroll through Old San Juan, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casa Bacardi. Keep things going the next day: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, then stop by Marisel Herbal Bath & Body, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Juan tour planner .

You can fly from Isla de Vieques to San Juan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. December in San Juan sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Casa Bacardi
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Food Tours
Climbing Tours
Marisel Herbal Bath & Body ©
Marisel Herbal Bath & Body

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