8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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8 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
San Juan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ponce
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rincon
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Indianapolis

2
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, stop by Caribbean Trading Company Store, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario Luquillo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan travel route site .

Indianapolis, USA to San Juan is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Indianapolis in July, with highs in San Juan at 89°F and lows at 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ponce.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Luquillo, Caribbean Trading Company Store
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Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Zipline
Caribbean Trading Company Store ©
Caribbean Trading Company Store

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 13th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, see the interesting displays at El Museo Castillo Serralles, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ponce itinerary builder .

Getting from San Juan to Ponce by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car 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
Parque de Bombas ©
Parque de Bombas

1
night
Rincon

A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
On the 14th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then identify plant and animal life at Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, and then browse the exhibits of El Faro Lighthouse.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rincon trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ponce to Rincon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Rincon

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve ©
Tres Palmas Marine Reserve
El Faro Lighthouse ©
El Faro Lighthouse

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then take a leisurely stroll along Malecon. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Mosquito Pier, stroll through Media Luna Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Navio Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques journey maker website .

Traveling by flight from Rincon to Isla de Vieques takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 79°F. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Secret Beach ©
Secret Beach
Navio Beach ©
Navio Beach

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