9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  14​h
1
Isla de Vieques
— 1 day
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Ponce
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Juan
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery, stop by Isla Vida, get engrossed in the history at Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum, then view the masterpieces at Gallery Galleon, and finally hunt for treasures at Fish Market.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Isla de Vieques due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in May; daily highs in Isla de Vieques reach 85°F and lows reach 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Shopping Museums
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Gallery Galleon ©
Gallery Galleon
Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum ©
Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum
Isla Vida ©
Isla Vida

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 (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Centro Cultural Carmen Sola de Pereira de Ponce, see the interesting displays at El Museo Castillo Serralles, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, then stop by Plaza del Caribe, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ponce trip planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Isla de Vieques to Ponce takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. In May in Ponce, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Juan.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles

6
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
For shopping fun, head to Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind or Plaza las Americas. Visit Old San Juan and Depigment Art for their historical value. Explore San Juan's surroundings by going to El Yunque Rain Forest (in El Yunque National Forest), Puerto Rico Premium Outlets (in Barceloneta) and Caribbean Trading Company Store (in Palmer). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of San Juan National Historic Site, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Las Americas, get engrossed in the history at Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, and take in the exciting artwork at Walter Otero Contemporary Art.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan road trip site .

You can drive from Ponce to San Juan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in May, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind, Caribbean Trading Company Store, Puerto Rico Premium Outlets, El Yunque Rain Forest
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
San Juan National Historic Site ©
San Juan National Historic Site
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico ©
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

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