9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Culebra
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rincon
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Culebra

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brava Beach and Playa Punta Soldado Beach. The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse, step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island, look for gifts at Zinkowski Art Studio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Flamenco Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Culebra trip itinerary builder site .

New York City, USA to Culebra is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to Culebra. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Culebra, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Culebra Public Library ©
Culebra Public Library

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): kick back and relax at La Plata Beach, make a trip to La Gran Ceiba de Vieques, and then enjoy some diversion at Vieques Gun Club & Sporting Clays. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, explore the ancient world of El Hombre de Puerto Ferro, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sun Bay.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques trip builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Culebra to Isla de Vieques in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In October, daily temperatures in Isla de Vieques can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Vieques Gun Club & Sporting Clays ©
Vieques Gun Club & Sporting Clays
La Gran Ceiba de Vieques ©
La Gran Ceiba de Vieques

2
nights
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Ponce History Museum, look for gifts at Plaza del Caribe, and then step off the mainland to explore Isla de Caja de Muertos. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Centro Cultural Carmen Sola de Pereira de Ponce, see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, then admire the striking features of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally admire all the interesting features of Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ponce visit planning app .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Isla de Vieques to Ponce in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Rincon.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Nature Parks
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Ponce History Museum ©
Ponce History Museum
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas
Catholic University of Puerto Rico ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Maria's Beach, look for gifts at Ocean State of Mind, then shop like a local with Playa Oeste Gallery, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Rincon Marina.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rincon trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Ponce to Rincon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and flight. In November, daytime highs in Rincon are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rincon

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Maria's Beach ©
Maria's Beach
Playa Oeste Gallery ©
Playa Oeste Gallery
Ocean State of Mind ©
Ocean State of Mind

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