8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Rincon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ponce
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Isla de Vieques

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 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Mosquito Pier, stroll through Navio Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Media Luna Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques trip planner .

Newark, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Isla de Vieques, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 78°F in Isla de Vieques. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rincon.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Secret Beach ©
Secret Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Navio Beach ©
Navio Beach

2
nights
Rincon

A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the exhibits of El Faro Lighthouse, and then identify plant and animal life at Tres Palmas Marine Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Buye Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Playa Oeste Gallery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandy Beach.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rincon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Isla de Vieques to Rincon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and car. In June, daily temperatures in Rincon can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ponce.

Things to do in Rincon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Buye Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sandy Beach ©
Sandy Beach
Buye Beach ©
Buye Beach

1
night
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 27th (Thu), examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, then see the interesting displays at El Museo Castillo Serralles, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ponce online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Rincon to Ponce takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Rincon in June, things will get a bit cooler in Ponce: highs are around 83°F and lows about 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas

2
nights
San Juan

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stroll through Balneario Luquillo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of San Juan National Historic Site, get engrossed in the history at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, and then kick back and relax at Playa Mar Chiquita.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan attractions planning website .

Traveling by car from Ponce to San Juan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ponce in June: highs in San Juan hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Luquillo, Playa Mar Chiquita
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Mar Chiquita ©
Playa Mar Chiquita
Zipline

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