18 days in Puerto Rico & Guatemala Itinerary

18 days in Puerto Rico & Guatemala Itinerary

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Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
4
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
— 3 nights
5
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
— 2 nights
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Retalhuleu, Guatemala
— 1 night
7
Tikal National Park, Guatemala
— 1 day
8
Guatemala City, Guatemala
— 5 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Culebrita Island, then kick back and relax at Zoni Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Punta Soldado Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Culebra travel route builder website.

New York City, USA to Culebra is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to Culebra. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Culebra to be warmer, temps between 85°F and 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Condado Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Juan online route planner.

Fly from Culebra to San Juan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In December in San Juan, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Condado Beach ©
Condado Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Bay Beach and then take in the waterfront at Mosquito Pier. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the waterfront at Malecon, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Chiva.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques vacation maker site.

You can fly from San Juan to Isla de Vieques in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. December in Isla de Vieques sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Forest ©
On the 1st (Wed), kick back and relax at Seven Seas Beach and then stroll through El Yunque Rain Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Angelito Trail and then make a splash at Coqui Water Park.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the El Yunque National Forest day trip planning site.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Isla de Vieques to El Yunque National Forest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in El Yunque National Forest can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. You will leave for Santiago Atitlan on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Seven Seas Beach, Coqui Water Park
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Coqui Water Park ©
Coqui Water Park
Seven Seas Beach ©
Seven Seas Beach

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Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Santiago Atitlan ©
Santiago Atitlán is a municipality in the Sololá department of Guatemala. On the 4th (Sat), get impressive views of Volcan San Pedro, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Colonial Church, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Atitlan. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Cojolya Museum and Store, then explore the galleries of Galeria Imox, then look for gifts at Casa Flor Ixcaco, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St Peter.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santiago Atitlan trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from El Yunque National Forest to Santiago Atitlan. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from El Yunque National Forest to Santiago Atitlan. When traveling from El Yunque National Forest in January, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Santiago Atitlan: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Retalhuleu.

Things to do in Santiago Atitlan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Pedro La Laguna, San Juan la Laguna, Lake Atitlan
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Lake Atitlan ©
Lake Atitlan
Volcan San Pedro
Volcan San Pedro
Casa Flor Ixcaco ©
Casa Flor Ixcaco

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Retalhuleu, Guatemala

Retalhuleu ©
The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. On the 6th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Tak'alik Ab'aj, make a splash at Xocomil, and then let little ones run wild at Dino Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Retalhuleu day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Santiago Atitlan to Retalhuleu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santiago Atitlan in January; daily highs in Retalhuleu reach 91°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Tikal National Park.

Things to do in Retalhuleu

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Dino Park, Tak'alik Ab'aj
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
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Dino Park ©
Dino Park

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Tikal National Park, Guatemala

Tikal National Park
Take a trip to Tikal National Park and discover an ancient city in the thick tropical jungle.
To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tikal National Park day trip app.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Retalhuleu to Tikal National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Guatemala City on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Tikal National Park

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Guatemala City ©
The largest city in Central America and the country's capital, Guatemala City contains historic sights and modern businesses.
Family-friendly places like La Aurora Zoo and Catedral Metropolitana will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guatemala City: Antigua (Volcán Pacaya, Cerro de la Cruz, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Mundo Petapa Irtra, buy something for everyone on your list at Paseo Cayala, make a trip to Relief Map, and examine the collection at Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena.

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

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tikal National Park to Guatemala City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Guatemala City, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Guatemala City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Antigua
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:
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Casa Santo Domingo Museums ©
Casa Santo Domingo Museums
Volcán Pacaya ©
Volcán Pacaya
La Aurora Zoo ©
La Aurora Zoo

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