9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
1
Dorado
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
2
Arecibo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Cabo Rojo
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Carolina
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Palmer
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Tampa, Florida

1
night
Dorado

Dorado ©
Dorado is a town and municipality in the northern coast of Puerto Rico (U.S.), 15mi west of San Juan and is located in the northern region of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Toa Alta, east of Vega Alta, and west of Toa Baja. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia San Antonio de Padua, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico, and then play a few rounds at Dorado Beach Resort & Golf Club.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Dorado trip planner.

Tampa, USA to Dorado is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Dorado is 1 hour. July in Dorado sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arecibo.

Things to do in Dorado

Outdoors Golf Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico
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Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico ©
Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico
Parroquia San Antonio de Padua ©
Parroquia San Antonio de Padua

1
night
Arecibo

Arecibo ©
Arecibo is a municipality on the northern coast of Puerto Rico (U.S.), on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, located north of Utuado and Ciales; east of Hatillo; and west of Barceloneta and Florida. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): Head underground at Cueva del Indio and then Head underground at Aventura Cueva Ventana.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Arecibo travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Dorado to Arecibo takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cabo Rojo.

Things to do in Arecibo

Parks Nature
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Aventura Cueva Ventana ©
Aventura Cueva Ventana
Cueva del Indio ©
Cueva del Indio

1
night
Cabo Rojo

Cabo Rojo ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Balneario de Boqueron, kick back and relax at Playa Sucia, and then visit a coastal fixture at Los Morrillos Lighthouse.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cabo Rojo online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arecibo to Cabo Rojo takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cabo Rojo are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carolina.

Things to do in Cabo Rojo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Sucia ©
Playa Sucia
Balneario de Boqueron ©
Balneario de Boqueron
Los Morrillos Lighthouse ©
Los Morrillos Lighthouse

3
nights
Carolina

Carolina ©
Known as the "Land of Giants" in honor of its celebrated residents--including poet Julia de Burgos and baseball player Roberto Clemente--Carolina makes a living as both an industrial center and a hub of tourism.
Explore Carolina's surroundings by going to San Juan (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & The Franciscan Chapel). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Carolina Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pine Grove Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carolina trip itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of car and flight from Cabo Rojo to Carolina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Palmer.

Things to do in Carolina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

San Juan
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Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Carolina Beach ©
Carolina Beach
Pine Grove Beach ©
Pine Grove Beach

2
nights
Palmer

Palmer ©
Set back from the busy coast, Palmer has a charming, hidden-away atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at El Yunque Rain Forest. On the next day, stop by Caribbean Trading Company Store and then play a few rounds at Coco Beach Golf Club.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Palmer online tour planner.

Palmer is just a short distance from Carolina. In July in Palmer, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 79°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palmer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

El Yunque Rain Forest, Coco Beach Golf Club
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Caribbean Trading Company Store ©
Caribbean Trading Company Store

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