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:  6​h 30​min
1
San Juan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ponce
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rincon
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Culebra
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
night
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of San Juan National Historic Site and then appreciate the history behind Paseo de los Presidentes.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan trip planner.

Newark, USA to San Juan is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Juan when traveling from Newark in August, with lows around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ponce.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Luquillo, Caribbean Trading Company Store
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Caribbean Trading Company Store ©
Caribbean Trading Company Store
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Zipline

1
night
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): examine the collection at Parque de Bombas, then see the interesting displays at El Museo Castillo Serralles, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ponce itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan to Ponce takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. August in Ponce sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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 ©

3
nights
Rincon

Rincon ©
A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
Visit Domes Beach and Sandy Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Tres Palmas Marine Reserve and Crashboat Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cabo Rojo (Los Morrillos Light & Buye Beach). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at El Faro Lighthouse, stop by Tres Puertas Art Gallery & Blue Mermaid Gift Shop, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rincon online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Ponce to Rincon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight. In August, daytime highs in Rincon are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Rincon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cabo Rojo, Crashboat Beach
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Los Morrillos Lighthouse ©
Los Morrillos Lighthouse
Crashboat Beach ©
Crashboat Beach
Buye Beach ©
Buye Beach

2
nights
Culebra

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): head off the coast to Culebrita Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carlos Rosario Beach, and then stroll through Playa Punta Soldado Beach. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Culebra route planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Rincon to Culebra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Carlos Rosario Beach ©
Carlos Rosario Beach

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