17 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

17 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ponce
— 5 nights
2
Isla de Vieques
— 5 nights
3
San Juan
— 6 nights

5
nights
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Popular historic sites such as Los Morrillos Lighthouse and Cruceta Del Vigia are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo de Arte de Ponce and El Faro Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ponce: Museo Casa Pilar Defillo (in Mayaguez), Crashboat Beach (in Aguadilla) and Playa Sucia (in Cabo Rojo). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe, see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, head off the coast to Isla de Caja de Muertos, and browse the exhibits of Centro Cultural Carmen Sola de Pereira de Ponce.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ponce route planning website.

Portland, USA to Ponce is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in December, expect Ponce to be warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Ponce

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cabo Rojo, Museo Casa Pilar Defillo, Horseback Riding Tours, Crashboat Beach, El Faro Lighthouse
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Los Morrillos Lighthouse ©
Los Morrillos Lighthouse
Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum and Horseback Riding Tours. Visit Puerto Ferro Lighthouse and El Hombre de Puerto Ferro for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through La Chiva, explore the activities along Sun Bay Beach, stop by Isla Vida, and view the masterpieces at Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Isla de Vieques tour builder.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Ponce to Isla de Vieques in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Isla de Vieques are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum ©
Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum
El Hombre de Puerto Ferro ©
El Hombre de Puerto Ferro

6
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Appreciate the collections at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and The Poet's Passage. Get some historical perspective at Old San Juan and Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting San Juan side-trips: Palomino Island (in Las Croabas), Zipline (in Rio Grande) and El Yunque National Forest (El Yunque Rain Forest, Yokahu Observation Tower, &more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, appreciate the history behind Paseo de los Presidentes, make a trip to Paseo de la Princesa, and admire the landmark architecture of The Capitol of Puerto Rico.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Juan route app.

Traveling by flight from Isla de Vieques to San Juan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around °F in December, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

El Yunque National Forest, Palomino Island, Zipline, Museo del Tabaco Caguas
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Paseo de la Princesa ©
Paseo de la Princesa
Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery ©
Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery

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