8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Juan
— 1 night
Drive
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Ponce
— 1 night
Drive
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Rincon
— 3 nights
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Isla de Vieques

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.
On the 8th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: take a leisurely stroll along Malecon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Media Luna Beach, and then stroll through Navio Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques trip builder tool.

New York City, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Isla de Vieques dip to 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

1
night
San Juan

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juan online journey planner.

Getting from Isla de Vieques to San Juan by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in San Juan are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ponce.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

1
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Ponce

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, appreciate the history behind Museo Castillo Serralles, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ponce online holiday planner.

Drive from San Juan to Ponce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Ponce can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rincon.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Historic Sites

3
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Rincon

Corner

A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
Take a break from the city and head to Crashboat Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Buye Beach and Sandy Beach. Step out of Rincon with an excursion to Los Morrillos Lighthouse in Cabo Rojo--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at El Faro Lighthouse, stop by Ocean State of Mind, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, and kick back and relax at Domes Beach.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rincon tour website.

Getting from Ponce to Rincon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rincon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · 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.