8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Ponce
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Rincon
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Fly:  30​min
4
San Juan
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
day
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 31st (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Museo Casa Armstrong - Poventud, examine the collection 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 admire the striking features of Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ponce trip maker app .

Newark, USA to Ponce is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Newark to Ponce due to the time zone difference. In January, Ponce is much hotter than Newark - with highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rincon.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Historic Sites
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Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles
Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe ©

2
nights
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 1st (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Crashboat Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Aguadilla y del Caribe, then stroll through Domes Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at El Faro Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, kick back and relax at Sandy Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Steps Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rincon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ponce to Rincon in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Ponce in January since evenings lows in Rincon dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Rincon

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Side Trip

Aguadilla
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Scuba & Snorkeling
El Faro Lighthouse ©
El Faro Lighthouse
Crashboat Beach ©
Crashboat Beach

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Secret Beach. Explore hidden gems such as La Chiva and Sun Bay. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Caracas Beach, stop by Isla Vida, tour the pleasant surroundings at Navio Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Rincon to Isla de Vieques takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and ferry. February in Isla de Vieques sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
La Chiva ©
La Chiva

1
night
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
On the 6th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Paseo de la Princesa, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Park Beach, and finally stroll the grounds of San Juan Cemetery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Juan trip planner .

San Juan is just a short distance from Isla de Vieques. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in February, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

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Paseo de la Princesa ©
Paseo de la Princesa
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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