8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  13​h
1
Isla de Vieques
— 2 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:  9​h 30​min
End: Austin

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Media Luna Beach and Secret Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Navio Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Sun Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, view the masterpieces at Gallery Galleon, and take an in-depth tour of Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum.

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

Austin, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Austin to Isla de Vieques, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Isla de Vieques, with lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Rincon.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sun Bay ©
Sun Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Secret Beach ©
Secret Beach

1
night
Rincon

Rincon ©
A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stop by Ocean State of Mind, then identify plant and animal life at Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, then kick back and relax at Domes Beach, and finally enjoy the sea views from El Faro Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rincon trip planner .

Getting from Isla de Vieques to Rincon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and car. In May in Rincon, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 80°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ponce.

Things to do in Rincon

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve ©
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve
Domes Beach ©
Domes 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. On the 26th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, see the interesting displays at El Museo Castillo Serralles, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ponce trip maker site .

You can drive from Rincon to Ponce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rincon in May; daily highs in Ponce reach 83°F and lows reach 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Juan.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles

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 27th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of San Juan National Historic Site, then view the masterpieces at The Poet's Passage, then look for gifts at Coqui el Original, and finally contemplate the long history of Old San Juan. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Park Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Ponce to San Juan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. May in San Juan sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 76°F at night. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
San Juan National Historic Site ©
San Juan National Historic Site
The Poet's Passage ©
The Poet's Passage

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