9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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Isla de Vieques
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 3 nights
San Juan
— 2 nights


Isla de Vieques — 1 night

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.
On the 29th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Museo El Fortin de Conde Mirasol, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then kick back and relax at Playa Caracas. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, then browse the exhibits of Siddhia Hutchinson Fine Art Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vieques National Wildlife Refuge, and finally stroll through Playa La Chiva.

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

Seattle, USA to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Seattle to Isla de Vieques due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in March: high temperatures in Isla de Vieques hover around 84°F and lows are around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Rincon.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
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Rincon — 1 night


A seaside playground in the Caribbean, Rincon was a small agricultural and fishing town until it hosted the 1968 World Surfing Championship.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tres Palmas Marine Reserve, and then enjoy the sea views from Faro de Punta Higuera.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Rincon road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Isla de Vieques to Rincon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, shuttle, and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Isla de Vieques in March since evenings lows in Rincon dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Ponce.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Ponce — 3 nights

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parque de Bombas and Museo de Arte de Ponce. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Casa Armstrong Poventud and Centro Cultural Carmen Sola de Pereira de Ponce. Explore Ponce's surroundings by going to Cabo Rojo (Playa Sucia & Faro Los Morrillos) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in La Parguera). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hacienda Buena Vista, visit a coastal fixture at Cardona Island Light, and admire the striking features of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ponce trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rincon to Ponce takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Rincon in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 70°F in Ponce. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Juan.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips
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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.
On the 4th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Old San Juan, make a trip to La Puerta de San Juan, and then get to know the fascinating history of Paseo de la Princesa. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Juan tour planner.

Traveling by car from Ponce to San Juan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in San Juan are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Puerto Rico travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Kayaking & Canoeing
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.