7 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

7 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico travel route planner

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Rincon
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Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Ferry to Isla de Vieques
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Isla de Vieques
— 1 night
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San Juan
— 2 nights
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Culebra
— 1 night
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Rincon

Corner

A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
On the 31st (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Faro de Punta Higuera.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rincon online trip planner.

New York City, USA to Rincon is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Rincon hover around 84°F and lows are around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Ponce.

Things to do in Rincon

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Ponce

— 2 nights
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 1st (Sat), examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce, then enjoy the sea views from Cardona Island Light, and finally head off the coast to Isla de Caja de Muertos.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ponce sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rincon to Ponce by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Rincon in December, Ponce is little chillier at night with lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Ponce

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Isla de Vieques

— 1 night

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 2nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Chiva, kick back and relax at Playa Caracas, and then contemplate the long history of Puerto Ferro Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then kick back and relax at Balneario Sun Bay.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Isla de Vieques route planner.

Getting from Ponce to Isla de Vieques by combination of car and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in January, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Juan.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Yokahu Observation Tower, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then don't miss a visit to Calle de la Fortaleza, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Poet's Passage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Paseo de la Princesa, then make a trip to La Puerta de San Juan, then stroll the grounds of Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Condado Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan trip itinerary site.

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, taxi, and shuttle. In January, daytime highs in San Juan are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Culebra.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Culebra

— 1 night

Little Island

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Tamarindo and then stroll through Playa Zoni.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Culebra sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Juan to Culebra by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Culebra are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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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.