8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
San Juan
— 2 nights
El Yunque National Forest
— 1 night
Drive to Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Ferry to Isla de Vieques
Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Drive to Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Fly to Dallas


San Juan

— 2 nights

Walled City

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction and one of the oldest in the Americas.
San Juan is known for historic sites, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, get to know the fascinating history of Old San Juan, stroll through Condado Beach, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Juan travel itinerary planner.

Dallas, USA to San Juan is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to San Juan is 2 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Dallas in January: high temperatures in San Juan hover around 84°F and lows are around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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El Yunque National Forest

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through El Yunque National Forest.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the El Yunque National Forest online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan to El Yunque National Forest takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in January, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Highlights from your trip

Isla de Vieques

— 2 nights

Isla Nena

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 16th (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along Malecon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Balneario Sun Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Caracas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Chiva, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Isla de Vieques planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from El Yunque National Forest to Isla de Vieques in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Isla de Vieques are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
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— 2 nights
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then take a leisurely stroll along La Guancha de Ponce.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Ponce online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Isla de Vieques to Ponce by combination of ferry and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. January in Ponce sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Puerto Rico travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Forests
A U.S. territory encompassing one big island and several smaller ones, Puerto Rico appeals to visitors from around the globe with its rich history, pleasant climate, natural beauty, and renowned local cuisine. Most tourists take a vacation in Puerto Rico for that classic seaside experience, though the island offers much more than just sun and sand. Tours of Puerto Rico usually start in the city of San Juan, which boasts a trendy bar scene and plenty of art museums for visitors looking to add a bit of culture to their vacation. A short drive from the island's urban centers, pristine rainforests serve as peaceful retreats from the city bustle and ensure plenty of chances to spot wildlife and take exhilarating nature walks.