9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico visit planner

Make it your trip
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San Juan
— 1 night
Drive
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Arecibo
— 1 day
Drive
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Rincon
— 1 night
Drive
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Cabo Rojo
— 1 night
Drive
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Ponce
— 1 night
Drive
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Orocovis
Drive
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Aibonito
— 1 night
Drive
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Isla de Vieques
— 2 nights
Ferry to Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Drive to Palmer
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Palmer
— 1 night
Drive

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San Juan

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): visit Old San Juan and then browse the different shops at Plaza Las Americas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Juan trip itinerary planning tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. In May, daily temperatures in San Juan can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Arecibo.

Things to do in San Juan

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Arecibo

— 1 day
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): Head underground at Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Rio Camuy, then make a trip to Aventura Cueva Ventana, and then explore the ancient world of Parque Ceremonial Indigena de Caguana.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Arecibo trip planner.

Getting from San Juan to Arecibo by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Juan in May: highs in Arecibo hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rincon.

Things to do in Arecibo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rincon

— 1 night

Corner

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 13th (Thu): get a taste of local nightlife at Tamboo Tavern.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Rincon day trip planner.

You can drive from Arecibo to Rincon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Arecibo in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rincon, with lows around 80°F. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cabo Rojo.

Things to do in Rincon

Nightlife

Side Trip

Cabo Rojo

— 1 night
On the 14th (Fri), kick back and relax at Balneario de Boqueron, then visit a coastal fixture at Faro Los Morrillos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Sucia.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cabo Rojo holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Rincon to Cabo Rojo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in May, and nighttime lows around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ponce.

Things to do in Cabo Rojo

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ponce

— 1 night
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): examine the collection at Parque de Bombas and then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Arte de Ponce.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ponce route planner.

You can drive from Cabo Rojo to Ponce in an hour. Another option is to drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cabo Rojo in May: high temperatures in Ponce hover around 83°F and lows are around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Orocovis.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums

Orocovis

Orocovis is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the Central Mountain Range, north of Villalba and Coamo; south of Morovis and Corozal; southeast of Ciales; east of Jayuya; and west of Barranquitas. On the 16th (Sun), push the limits with Toro Verde and then take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata Chorro de Dona Juana.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Orocovis road trip tool.

Drive from Ponce to Orocovis in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Orocovis can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aibonito.

Things to do in Orocovis

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Aibonito

— 1 night
Aibonito is a small mountain municipality in Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the Mountain range of Cayey, north of Salinas; south of Barranquitas and Comerio; east of Coamo; and west of Cidra, and Cayey. On the 16th (Sun), take in breathtaking views at Natural Protected Area Canon de San Cristobal.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aibonito vacation tool.

Getting from Orocovis to Aibonito by car takes about an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Aibonito

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Isla de Vieques

— 2 nights

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 17th (Mon), make a trip to La Gran Ceiba de Vieques, take in the exciting artwork at Serenity Point Yoga & Visionary Arts Space, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black Sand Beach, then admire the striking features of Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Chiva and then stroll through Balneario Sun Bay.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Isla de Vieques trip planner.

Getting from Aibonito to Isla de Vieques by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Palmer.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Palmer

— 1 night
Set back from the busy coast, Palmer has a charming, hidden-away atmosphere.
On the 19th (Wed), stroll through El Yunque.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Palmer trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Isla de Vieques to Palmer in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Palmer can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Palmer

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Puerto Rico travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Forests
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.