17 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

17 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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17 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Ponce
— 5 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h 15​min
2
Isla de Vieques
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
San Juan
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  8​h 30​min
End: Portland

5
nights
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Your inner history buff will appreciate El Faro Lighthouse and Cruceta Del Vigia. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museo de Arte de Ponce and Los Morrillos Lighthouse. Explore Ponce's surroundings by going to Museo Casa Pilar Defillo (in Mayaguez), Crashboat Beach (in Aguadilla) and Playa Sucia (in Cabo Rojo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe, see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and head off the coast to Isla de Caja de Muertos.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ponce sightseeing planner.

Portland, USA to Ponce is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in December, expect Ponce to be much hotter, temps between 80°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cabo Rojo, Horseback Riding Tours, El Faro Lighthouse, Museo Casa Pilar Defillo, Crashboat Beach
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El Faro Lighthouse ©
El Faro Lighthouse
Los Morrillos Lighthouse ©
Los Morrillos Lighthouse
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fortin Conde de Mirasol Museum and Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery. El Hombre de Puerto Ferro and Puerto Ferro Lighthouse will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at La Chiva, contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Bay Beach, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take a leisurely stroll along Malecon.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Isla de Vieques vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Ponce to Isla de Vieques takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. In December in Isla de Vieques, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old San Juan and Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery. Get some historical perspective at Paseo de la Princesa and Parroquia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Juan: Zipline (in Rio Grande), Palomino Island (in Las Croabas) and El Yunque National Forest (El Yunque Rain Forest, Yokahu Observation Tower, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, view the masterpieces at The Poet's Passage, appreciate the history behind Paseo de los Presidentes, and don't miss a visit to Parque de las Palomas.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read San Juan road trip tool .

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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 75°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, Museo del Tabaco Caguas, Zipline
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Paseo de la Princesa ©
Paseo de la Princesa

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