11 days in Puerto Rico & New York City Itinerary

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New York City, United States
— 4 nights
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Rincon, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
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Cayey, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
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Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
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Ponce, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
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Lares, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
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New York City, United States — 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Central Park, make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and take in the pleasant sights at The High Line.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip maker.

Newark to New York City is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In January in New York City, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Rincon.
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Rincon, Puerto Rico — 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.
On the 12th (Thu), stop by Ocean State of Mind and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Fathom Charters.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rincon vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Rincon takes 7.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to Rincon due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Rincon hover around 84°F and lows are around 75°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cayey.
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Cayey, Puerto Rico — 1 night

Cayey is a mountain municipality in central Puerto Rico (U.S.) located on the Central Mountain range, north of Salinas and Guayama; south of Cidra and Caguas; east of Aibonito and Salinas; and west of San Lorenzo. To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cayey trip planner.

You can drive from Rincon to Cayey in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. January in Cayey sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Guaynabo.
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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Guaynabo is a municipality in the northern part of Puerto Rico (U.S.), located in the northern coast of the island, north of Aguas Buenas; south of Cataño; east of Bayamón; and west of San Juan. To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Guaynabo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cayey to Guaynabo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Guaynabo can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. You'll set off for Aguadilla on the 13th (Fri).
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Aguadilla, Puerto Rico — 1 night

Garden of the Atlantic

Destroyed over the centuries by earthquakes and hurricanes, resilient Aguadilla now serves as one of Puerto Rico's top surfing destinations.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Crashboat, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jobos Beach, and then make a trip to Monumento al Cacique Mabodamaca.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aguadilla journey tool.

Drive from Guaynabo to Aguadilla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, daytime highs in Aguadilla are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cabo Rojo.
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Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at YangChi Therapy.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cabo Rojo road trip app.

Drive from Aguadilla to Cabo Rojo in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Cabo Rojo can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ponce.
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Ponce, Puerto Rico — 2 nights

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then make a trip to Plaza Las Delicias. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club and then appreciate the history behind Museo Castillo Serralles.

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You can drive from Cabo Rojo to Ponce in an hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Ponce when traveling from Cabo Rojo in January, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Lares.
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Lares, Puerto Rico — 1 night

City of the Revolt

To most Puerto Ricans, Lares remains best known as the site of an 1868 uprising against the rule of Spain.
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You can drive from Ponce to Lares in an hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ponce in January since evenings lows in Lares dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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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.
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