8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Fly to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Drive to Ponce
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Ponce
— 1 day
Drive
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Rincon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Juan
— 1 night
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Ponce

— 1 day
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museo Casa Armstrong Poventud, examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, steep yourself in history at Museo Castillo Serralles, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ponce vacation site.

Newark, USA to Ponce is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Ponce is 1 hour. Traveling from Newark in January, things will get much hotter in Ponce: highs are around 81°F and lows about 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rincon.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Historic Sites

Rincon

— 2 nights

Corner

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 1st (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Playa Crashboat, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Aguadilla y del Caribe, then stroll through Domes Beach, and finally enjoy the sea views from Faro de Punta Higuera. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sandy Beach, and then kick back and relax at Steps Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rincon trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Ponce to Rincon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ponce in January since evenings lows in Rincon dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Rincon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Isla de Vieques

— 3 nights

Isla Nena

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Caracas and Balneario Sun Bay. Visiting Playa La Chiva and Playa Media Luna will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, admire the striking features of Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Navio, and stroll through Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Isla de Vieques attractions planning app.

Getting from Rincon to Isla de Vieques by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, shuttle, taxi, and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Isla de Vieques can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to San Juan.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

San Juan

— 1 night

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo de la Princesa, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ocean Park, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Juan holiday maker site.

Traveling by flight from Isla de Vieques to San Juan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and shuttle. In February in San Juan, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Puerto Rico travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
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.