Bueser, Moore, Ciempka (7th): 9 days in Puerto Rico

Bueser, Moore, Ciempka (7th): 9 days in Puerto Rico

Alexa Bueser, Bianca Moore, and Claudia Ciempka

Make it your trip
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San Juan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Caguas
— 4 nights
Drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport

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San Juan

— 5 nights

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
You've added Explora Puerto Rico, The Mall of San Juan, Age Art Gallery, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery and Isla Verde Beach. Get some historical perspective at Old San Juan and La Muralla. Explore San Juan's surroundings by going to Luquillo (Balneario Luquillo & Monserrate Beach) and Playa Mar Chiquita (in Manati). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Fundacion Casa Cortes, take in the exciting artwork at The Poet's Passage, don't miss a visit to La Puerta de San Juan, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Juan road trip app.

Chicago, USA to San Juan is an approximately 8-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Chicago to San Juan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in January, expect San Juan to be warmer, temps between 84°F and 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Caguas.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caguas

— 4 nights
Caguas, founded in 1775, is a city and municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the Central Mountain Range of Puerto Rico, south of San Juan and Trujillo Alto, west of Gurabo and San Lorenzo, east of Aguas Buenas, Cidra, and Cayey.Caguas is located 20mi (twenty minutes to an hour by car) from San Juan and 40mi (an hour and a half by car; it may take longer because of mountainous area in between the two cities) from Ponce. You've now added Encanto Divers to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral Dulce Nombre de Jesus and Museo del Tabaco Caguas. Explore hidden gems such as Reserva Natural Medio Mundo y Daguao and Playa Maunabo. There's still lots to do: get outside with Bowlera, don't miss a visit to Plaza Palmer, and experience rural life at Hacienda Munoz.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Caguas using our trip planner.

Caguas is just a short distance from San Juan. In January, daily temperatures in Caguas can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Caguas

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Puerto Rico travel guide

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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.