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
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Rincon
— 1 night
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

3
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.
Get outdoors at Secret Beach and Sun Bay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum and Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Caracas Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through La Chiva.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Isla de Vieques trip planner .

Newark, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Isla de Vieques is 1 hour. Traveling from Newark in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Isla de Vieques, with lows of 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rincon.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Caracas Beach ©
Caracas Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
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 12th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Sandy Beach, and then enjoy the sea views from El Faro Lighthouse.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rincon online attractions planner .

You can fly from Isla de Vieques to Rincon in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and car. June in Rincon sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 81°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ponce.

Things to do in Rincon

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sandy Beach ©
Sandy Beach
El Faro Lighthouse ©
El Faro Lighthouse

1
night
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Carmen Sola de Pereira de Ponce, see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, then examine the collection at El Museo Castillo Serralles, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally contemplate the long history of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ponce trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Rincon to Ponce in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rincon in June, with highs in Ponce at 83°F and lows at 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to San Juan.

Things to do in Ponce

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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

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Paseo de la Princesa, get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of San Juan National Historic Site. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of San Juan Cemetery and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Juan trip builder tool .

Drive from Ponce to San Juan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ponce in June, you will find days in San Juan are a bit warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (78°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Zipline
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Paseo de la Princesa ©
Paseo de la Princesa
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Zipline

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