15 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

15 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

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15 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Dayton
Taxi + Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
San Juan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Utuado
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Ponce
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Yauco
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
5
Mayaguez
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Isla de Vieques
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h
7
El Yunque National Forest
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h
End: Dayton

2
nights
San Juan

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
On the 26th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Paseo de los Presidentes, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mar Chiquita, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo de la Princesa. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, then get a sense of history and politics at The Capitol of Puerto Rico, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Vega Baja.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Juan trip itinerary website .

Dayton, USA to San Juan is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dayton to San Juan is 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Dayton in December; daily highs in San Juan reach 85°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Utuado.

Things to do in San Juan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Vega Baja, Playa Mar Chiquita
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Playa Mar Chiquita ©
Playa Mar Chiquita
Playa Vega Baja ©
Playa Vega Baja
Paseo de la Princesa ©
Paseo de la Princesa

1
night
Utuado

Utuado is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the central mountainous region of the island known as La Cordillera Central. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Utuado itinerary maker website .

You can drive from San Juan to Utuado in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Juan in December; daily highs in Utuado reach 80°F and lows reach 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ponce.

Things to do in Utuado

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Ponce

Ponce ©
Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Get a sense of the local culture at Los Morrillos Lighthouse and Casa Wiechers-Villaronga. Visit Playa Sucia and Buye Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Cueva del Indio in Arecibo (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of our Lady of Guadaloupe and examine the collection at Museo Casa Armstrong Poventud.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ponce tour planner.

Drive from Utuado to Ponce in an hour. In December in Ponce, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Yauco.

Things to do in Ponce

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cabo Rojo, Cueva del Indio
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Cueva del Indio ©
Cueva del Indio
Playa Sucia ©
Playa Sucia
Buye Beach ©
Buye Beach

1
night
Yauco

Yauco ©
Yauco is a city and municipality in southwestern Puerto Rico, centered on the city of the same name. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pozo de la Virgen Sabana Grande, then see the interesting displays at Volkylandia Volkswagen Museum, and then take in the pleasant sights at Macromural Brisa Tropical.

For photos and other tourist information, read Yauco trip planner.

Yauco is very close to Ponce. In December, daytime highs in Yauco are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Mayaguez.

Things to do in Yauco

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pozo de la Virgen Sabana Grande
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Volkylandia Volkswagen Museum ©
Volkylandia Volkswagen Museum
Pozo de la Virgen Sabana Grande ©
Pozo de la Virgen Sabana Grande
Macromural Brisa Tropical ©
Macromural Brisa Tropical

1
night
Mayaguez

Mayaguez ©
Mayagüez is the eighth-largest municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.). On the 2nd (Thu), wander the streets of Porta del Sol - West, then head off the coast to Mona Island, and then make a trip to Plaza Colon.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mayaguez route planning site .

You can drive from Yauco to Mayaguez in an hour. Traveling from Yauco in January, Mayaguez is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Vieques.

Things to do in Mayaguez

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods
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Porta del Sol - West ©
Porta del Sol - West
Mona Island ©
Mona Island
Plaza Colon ©
Plaza Colon

3
nights
Isla de Vieques

Isla de Vieques ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Caracas Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Step out of the city life by going to Sun Bay Beach and Secret Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at La Chiva, get great views at Puerto Ferro Lighthouse, explore the ancient world of El Hombre de Puerto Ferro, and take in the waterfront at Mosquito Pier.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Isla de Vieques day trip site .

You can fly from Mayaguez to Isla de Vieques in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and ferry. In January, daily temperatures in Isla de Vieques can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Chiva ©
La Chiva
Caracas Beach ©
Caracas Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
El Yunque National Forest

El Yunque National Forest ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Seas Beach, stroll through Balneario Luquillo, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls), tour the pleasant surroundings at Angelito Trail, and then kick back and relax at Monserrate Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our El Yunque National Forest travel route website .

Getting from Isla de Vieques to El Yunque National Forest by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In January in El Yunque National Forest, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Luquillo, Zipline, Seven Seas Beach
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Monserrate Beach ©
Monserrate Beach
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) ©
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls)
Seven Seas Beach ©
Seven Seas Beach

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