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
— 1 night
Fly:  30​min
2
San Juan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Rincon
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Culebra

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Culebra journey app .

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. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Culebra dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Zoni Beach ©
Zoni Beach

2
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Balneario Luquillo and then contemplate the long history of Old San Juan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take an in-depth tour of Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, then get to know the fascinating history of San Juan National Historic Site, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan planner .

San Juan is very close to Culebra. August in San Juan sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ponce.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Luquillo
Highlights from your plan
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Zipline

2
nights
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Carmen Sola de Pereira de Ponce, and then head off the coast to Isla de Caja de Muertos. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Hacienda Buena Vista, see the interesting displays at El Museo Castillo Serralles, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally don't miss a visit to Casa Wiechers-Villaronga.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ponce day trip planning website .

You can drive from San Juan to Ponce in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rincon.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles
Hacienda Buena Vista ©
Hacienda Buena Vista

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tres Palmas Marine Reserve and El Faro Lighthouse. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Los Morrillos Light and Punta Higuera Light House. Change things up with these side-trips from Rincon: Crashboat Beach (in Aguadilla) and Gozalandia Waterfall (in San Sebastian). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Domes Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandy Beach.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rincon trip planner .

Drive from Ponce to Rincon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Rincon can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rincon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Gozalandia Waterfall, Crashboat Beach, Los Morrillos Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Los Morrillos Lighthouse ©
Los Morrillos Lighthouse
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve ©
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve

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