8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico attractions planner

Make it your trip
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San Juan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive
3
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
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San Juan

— 3 nights

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Vega Baja and The Capitol of Puerto Rico. Old San Juan and Sitio Histórico de San Juan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at La Marquesa Forest Park, contemplate the long history of Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista, and stroll through Condado Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan trip builder site.

Miami, USA to San Juan is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll set off for Ponce on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in San Juan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ponce

— 2 nights
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 17th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along La Guancha, get engrossed in the history at Ponce History Museum, then examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, and finally experience rural life at Sandra Farms Coffee.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ponce travel planner.

You can drive from San Juan to Ponce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from San Juan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ponce, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 27°C. On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

El Yunque National Forest

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) as well as El Yunque Rain Forest. On the 19th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) and then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Punta Tuna Lighthouse, then stroll through Big Tree Trail, and then trek along The Mine Trail (La Mina).

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the El Yunque National Forest online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ponce to El Yunque National Forest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In May, daytime highs in El Yunque National Forest are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Puerto Rico travel guide

4.5
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.