9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico travel planner
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San Juan
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Fly to Fort Lauderdale


San Juan — 3 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Plaza Las Americas and Galeria Exodo. Get some cultural insight at Old San Juan and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista, and admire the masterpieces at Museo de Las Americas.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Juan trip builder website.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to San Juan is an approximately 6-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Juan when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, with lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Aguadilla.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Aguadilla — 1 night

Garden of the Atlantic

Destroyed over the centuries by earthquakes and hurricanes, resilient Aguadilla now serves as one of Puerto Rico's top surfing destinations.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Crashboat and then explore the ancient world of The Old Aguadilla Lighthouse Ruins.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Aguadilla trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Juan to Aguadilla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in December, and nighttime lows around 71°F. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ponce.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Ponce — 2 nights

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 18th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga, take in the waterfront at La Guancha de Ponce, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ponce vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Aguadilla to Ponce takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Ponce are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. On the 19th (Mon), you're off to Cayey.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums
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Cayey — 2 nights

Cayey is a mountain municipality in central Puerto Rico (U.S.) located on the Central Mountain range, north of Salinas and Guayama; south of Cidra and Caguas; east of Aibonito and Salinas; and west of San Lorenzo. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Barranquitas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Carite Forest and then wander the streets of Guavate.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cayey driving holiday app.

You can drive from Ponce to Cayey in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Cayey are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. On the 21st (Wed), you're off to home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Puerto Rico travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Kayaking & Canoeing
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.