9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

9 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico route planner

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San Juan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Luquillo
— 1 night
Drive
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Caguas
— 1 night
Drive
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Ponce
— 1 night
Drive
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Cabo Rojo
Drive
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Rincon
— 1 night
Drive
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Arecibo
— 1 night
Drive
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San Juan
— 1 night
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitio Histórico de San Juan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Balneario El Escambron, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and then stop by Ole Puerto Rico.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Juan trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to San Juan is an approximately 8.5-hour travel. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In April, San Juan is much warmer than Chicago - with highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for Luquillo.

Things to do in San Juan

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Luquillo

— 1 night
Luquillo is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the northeast coast, northwest of Fajardo; and east of Rio Grande. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa La Pared.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Luquillo trip builder.

Drive from San Juan to Luquillo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Luquillo are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Caguas.

Things to do in Luquillo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Caguas

— 1 night
Caguas, founded in 1775, is a city and municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located in the Central Mountain Range of Puerto Rico, south of San Juan and Trujillo Alto, west of Gurabo and San Lorenzo, east of Aguas Buenas, Cidra, and Cayey.Caguas is located 20mi (twenty minutes to an hour by car) from San Juan and 40mi (an hour and a half by car; it may take longer because of mountainous area in between the two cities) from Ponce. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with Encanto Divers and then get advice or help at Caguas Tourism Office.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Caguas holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Luquillo to Caguas takes an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ponce.

Things to do in Caguas

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Highlights from your trip

Ponce

— 1 night
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then see some colorful creatures with Blue Water Scuba.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ponce road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Caguas to Ponce takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Caguas in April, you will find days in Ponce are slightly colder (82°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cabo Rojo.

Things to do in Ponce

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Cabo Rojo

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cabo Rojo online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Ponce to Cabo Rojo takes an hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cabo Rojo when traveling from Ponce in April, with lows around 78°F. On the 6th (Tue), you're off to Rincon.

Things to do in Cabo Rojo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Faro de Punta Higuera and then take a tour by water with Fathom Charters.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rincon tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Cabo Rojo to Rincon takes an hour. In April, daytime highs in Rincon are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. On the 7th (Wed), you're off to Arecibo.

Things to do in Rincon

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Arecibo

— 1 night
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 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Poza de las Mujeres and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa La Cueva Las Golondrinas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arecibo road trip app.

Drive from Rincon to Arecibo in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rincon in April, with highs in Arecibo at 82°F and lows at 71°F. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to San Juan.

Things to do in Arecibo

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Juan

— 1 night

Walled City

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Condado Beach and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan tour planner.

Drive from Arecibo to San Juan in an hour. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Juan

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

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.