17 days in Puerto Rico & Panama City Itinerary

17 days in Puerto Rico & Panama City Itinerary

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17 days in Puerto Rico & Panama City Itinerary

Start: Newport News, United States
Fly + Drive:  13​h
1
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  2​h
2
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
4
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Panama City, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Newport News, United States

2
nights
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Forest ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through El Yunque Rain Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Bosque Nacional El Yunque, take in panoramic vistas at Yokahu Observation Tower, then admire all the interesting features of Carabali Rainforest Park, and finally look for gifts at Monkey Threads.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our El Yunque National Forest trip itinerary maker tool .

Newport News, USA to El Yunque National Forest is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newport News to El Yunque National Forest is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in El Yunque National Forest when traveling from Newport News in June, with lows around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Luquillo, Bosque Nacional El Yunque
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Bosque Nacional El Yunque ©
Bosque Nacional El Yunque
Carabali Rainforest Park ©
Carabali Rainforest Park

4
nights
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

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.
Isla de Vieques is known for nature, beaches, wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Sun Bay, take a leisurely stroll along Mosquito Pier, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Chiva.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques route website .

Getting from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Isla de Vieques can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sun Bay ©
Sun Bay
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge ©
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach

3
nights
Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Culebra is known for beaches, wildlife, nature, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse, head off the coast to Culebrita Island, and browse the collection at Culebra Public Library.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Culebra trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to fly to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

3
nights
San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Step out of San Juan to go to Luquillo and see Luquillo Beach, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, take a memorable tour with Tours, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and kick back and relax at Condado Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan road trip planning app .

San Juan is just a short distance from Culebra. In July, daytime highs in San Juan are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Panama City.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Luquillo Beach
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Condado Beach ©
Condado Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

4
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Parque Nacional de Soberania. There's much more to do: make a trip to Panama Canal, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Metropolitan National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, and look for gifts at PTYlocal.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Panama City trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Juan to Panama City takes 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Panama City are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador) ©

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