9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  14​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
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Seattle

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.
Get in touch with nature at Media Luna Beach and Secret Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Navio Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sun Bay, take in the waterfront at Mosquito Pier, and get engrossed in the history at Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in June, expect nights in Isla de Vieques to be much hotter, around 78°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Rincon.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Sun Bay ©
Sun Bay
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Secret Beach ©
Secret Beach

1
night
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 8th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Domes Beach, and then examine the collection at El Faro Lighthouse.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rincon route planner .

Traveling by flight from Isla de Vieques to Rincon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and car. June in Rincon sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 81°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ponce.

Things to do in Rincon

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
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 9th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, then see the interesting displays at El Museo Castillo Serralles, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe.

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Traveling by car from Rincon to Ponce takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rincon in June: high temperatures in Ponce hover around 83°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Historic Sites
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Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles

3
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Visit Carolina Beach and Balneario Luquillo for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Museo de Las Americas. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan and contemplate the long history of San Juan National Historic Site.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Juan online trip maker .

You can drive from Ponce to San Juan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ponce, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Juan, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 78°F. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carolina Beach, Balneario Luquillo
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Carolina Beach ©
Carolina Beach
San Juan National Historic Site ©
San Juan National Historic Site

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