8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
San Juan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ponce
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rincon
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
On the 8th (Thu), kick back and relax at Secret Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Malecon, kick back and relax at Media Luna Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Navio Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques trip planner .

New York City, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Isla de Vieques is 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Isla de Vieques, with lows around 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 Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Secret Beach ©
Secret Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Navio Beach ©
Navio Beach

1
night
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
On the 10th (Sat), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then contemplate the long history of San Juan National Historic Site, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan trip builder website .

You can fly from Isla de Vieques to San Juan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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 11th (Sun): examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, examine the collection at El Museo Castillo Serralles, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe.

Plan trip to Ponce with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from San Juan to Ponce by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. August in Ponce sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. 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
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles
Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe ©

3
nights
Rincon

Rincon ©
A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Domes Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. We've included these beaches for you: Buye Beach and Crashboat Beach. Take a break from Rincon with a short trip to Los Morrillos Light in Cabo Rojo, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, kick back and relax at Sandy Beach, stop by Ocean State of Mind, and visit a coastal fixture at El Faro Lighthouse.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rincon trip planning tool .

Drive from Ponce to Rincon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. In August in Rincon, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 80°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rincon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cabo Rojo, Crashboat Beach
Highlights from your plan
Los Morrillos Lighthouse ©
Los Morrillos Lighthouse
Crashboat Beach ©
Crashboat Beach
Buye Beach ©
Buye Beach

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