15 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

15 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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15 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Ponce
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Ponce
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
San Juan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Ponce
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Carolina
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
El Yunque National Forest
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Arecibo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Ponce

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Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Museo Casa Armstrong Poventud.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ponce trip planning site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. December in Ponce sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 70°F at night. You'll set off for San Juan on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Ponce

Museums
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Museo Casa Armstrong Poventud ©
Museo Casa Armstrong Poventud

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San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Step out of San Juan with an excursion to El Yunque Rain Forest in El Yunque National Forest--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Old San Juan, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, pause for some photo ops at Paseo de los Presidentes, and sample the fine beverages at Casa Bacardi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan road trip planner.

Getting from Ponce to San Juan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in San Juan can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ponce.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

El Yunque Rain Forest, Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan

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Ponce

Ponce ©
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Centro Cultural Carmen Sola de Pereira de Ponce, then admire the striking features of Casa Wiechers-Villaronga, and then take a leisurely stroll along La Guancha.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Ponce trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from San Juan to Ponce takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December, Ponce is a bit cooler than San Juan - with highs of 80°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carolina.

Things to do in Ponce

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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La Guancha ©
La Guancha
Casa Wiechers-Villaronga ©
Casa Wiechers-Villaronga

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Luquillo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pine Grove Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carolina Beach and then try your luck at Oasis Casino at Embassy Suites San Juan.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carolina tour app.

Getting from Ponce to Carolina by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. December in Carolina sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Carolina

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Luquillo
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Luquillo Beach ©
Luquillo Beach
Carabali Rainforest Park ©
Carabali Rainforest Park
Pine Grove Beach ©
Pine Grove Beach

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El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
Get out of town with these interesting El Yunque National Forest side-trips: Balneario Luquillo (in Luquillo) and Palomino Island (in Las Croabas).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our El Yunque National Forest trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Carolina to El Yunque National Forest in an hour. In December, daytime highs in El Yunque National Forest are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Arecibo.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Luquillo, Bosque Nacional El Yunque, Zipline, Palomino Island
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Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) ©
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls)
Bosque Nacional El Yunque ©
Bosque Nacional El Yunque
Zipline

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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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Aventura Cueva Ventana. On the 30th (Mon), Head underground at Cueva del Indio and then stroll through Aventura Cueva Ventana. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Monumento al Cacique Mabodamaca, kick back and relax at Crashboat Beach, and then walk around Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Arecibo route builder tool .

You can drive from El Yunque National Forest to Arecibo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from El Yunque National Forest in December, with highs in Arecibo at 80°F and lows at 70°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Arecibo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy, Crashboat Beach, Monumento al Cacique Mabodamaca
Highlights from your plan
Cueva del Indio ©
Cueva del Indio
Aventura Cueva Ventana ©
Aventura Cueva Ventana

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