11 days in San Juan, Catano & Rio Grande Itinerary

11 days in San Juan, Catano & Rio Grande Itinerary

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11 days in San Juan, Catano & Rio Grande Itinerary

Start: San Juan
1
San Juan
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Catano
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Palmer
— 7 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: San Juan

1
night
San Juan

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
You've now added Fortin de San Geronimo del Boqueron to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then ponder the design of Roots Fountain, and finally get to know the fascinating history of San Juan National Historic Site. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Fortin de San Geronimo del Boqueron, then view the masterpieces at The Poet's Passage, then stroll through Playa Vega Baja, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Mar Chiquita.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Juan tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Palmer.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Mar Chiquita, Playa Vega Baja, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Mar Chiquita ©
Playa Mar Chiquita
Playa Vega Baja ©
Playa Vega Baja

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nights
Catano

Catano ©
Cataño is a municipality located on northern coast of Puerto Rico (U.S.) bordering the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent to the north and east by San Juan; north of Bayamón and Guaynabo; east of Toa Baja and west of Guaynabo and is part of the San Juan Metropolitan Area. You've now added Casa BACARDI Puerto Rico to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Centro de Conservacion de Manaties de Puerto Rico, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Casa BACARDI Puerto Rico. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Parroquia Santo Cristo de la Salud, then stroll around La Marquesa Forest Park, and then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Bayamon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Catano day trip planning site .

Catano is just a stone's throw from San Juan. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Palmer.

Things to do in Catano

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bayamon, Guaynabo, Parroquia Santo Cristo de la Salud
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La Marquesa Forest Park ©
La Marquesa Forest Park
Casa Bacardi ©
Casa Bacardi

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nights
Palmer

Palmer ©
Set back from the busy coast, Palmer has a charming, hidden-away atmosphere.
Step out of the city life by going to El Yunque Rain Forest and Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls). You'll get in some beach time at Luquillo Beach and Playa La Pared. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a peaceful walk through Bosque Nacional El Yunque, take in the awesome beauty at El Toro, and get a sense of history and politics at Monumento Historico Cueva Maria de La Cruz.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Palmer trip builder tool .

You can drive from Catano to Palmer in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Palmer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

El Yunque National Forest, Luquillo, Loiza, Bosque Nacional El Yunque, Trollbeads
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
El Yunque ©
El Yunque
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) ©
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls)