12 days in Puerto Rico & Puerto Rico Itinerary

12 days in Puerto Rico & Puerto Rico Itinerary

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12 days in Puerto Rico & Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Puerto Rico, Spain
— 1 night
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  18​h
2
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Ponce, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Puerto Rico, Spain

Puerto Rico ©
On the 6th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa de Amadores, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Mogan, then stop by Tresor Noir, and finally get great views at Mirador de Puerto de Mogan. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Medio Almud, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stroll through Playa Puerto Rico.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Rico attractions planner.

New York City, USA to Puerto Rico is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Puerto Rico. While traveling from New York City, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Puerto Rico, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Puerto Rico

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Puerto de Mogan, Mogan, Playa de Amadores
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Playa de Amadores ©
Playa de Amadores
Playa de Mogan ©
Playa de Mogan
Playa Puerto Rico ©
Playa Puerto Rico

2
nights
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

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 get in some beach time at Sun Bay and Media Luna Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery and Gallery Galleon. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Caracas Beach, stop by Isla Vida, browse the eclectic array of goods at Fish Market, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Chiva.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Puerto Rico to Isla de Vieques. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Puerto Rico in July; daily highs in Isla de Vieques reach 88°F and lows reach 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Ponce.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Sun Bay Beach ©
Sun Bay Beach
La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Media Luna Beach ©
Media Luna Beach

1
night
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. On the 11th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Centro Cultural Carmen Sola de Pereira de Ponce, see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, then see the interesting displays at El Museo Castillo Serralles, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally admire the striking features of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and 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 flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Juan.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Museo de Arte de Ponce ©
Museo de Arte de Ponce
El Museo Castillo Serralles ©
El Museo Castillo Serralles
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas

5
nights
San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old San Juan and San Juan National Historic Site. You'll explore and learn at Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind and Botello Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Juan: El Yunque Rain Forest (in El Yunque National Forest), Caribbean Trading Company Store (in Palmer) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Fajardo). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Luquillo Beach, explore the world behind art at Walter Otero Contemporary Art, browse the different shops at Plaza las Americas, and view the masterpieces at The Poet's Passage.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan travel route builder app .

You can drive from Ponce to San Juan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Wildlife Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Luquillo Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, Estudio de Arte Samuel Lind, El Yunque Rain Forest, Caribbean Trading Company Store
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan

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