9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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San Juan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, Drive to Ponce
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Ponce
— 1 night
Drive
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Rincon
— 2 nights
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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.
Head to Caribbean Trading Company Store and The Poet's Passagefor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Zipline. It doesn't end there: see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Juan trip planner.

New Orleans, USA to San Juan is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to San Juan. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in August: highs in San Juan hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in San Juan

Tours · Shopping · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

Isla de Vieques

— 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Balneario Sun Bay and Playa Pata Prieta. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa La Chiva, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find out how to plan a trip to Isla de Vieques, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from San Juan to Isla de Vieques in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Isla de Vieques can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:

Ponce

— 1 night
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce and then see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ponce trip planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Isla de Vieques to Ponce takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. August in Ponce sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rincon.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Rincon

— 2 nights

Corner

A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Faro de Punta Higuera and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Crashboat.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rincon road trip planning tool.

Drive from Ponce to Rincon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Rincon can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rincon

Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

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.