12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

12 days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Puerto Rico tour planner
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Fly
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Rincon
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Aguadilla
— 1 night
Drive
3
Mayaguez
— 1 night
Drive
4
Cabo Rojo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Yauco
— 1 night
Drive
6
Ponce
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Lares
Drive
8
Arecibo
— 1 night
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Drive to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

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Rincon — 2 nights

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 (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Sandy Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Faro de Punta Higuera, kick back and relax at Domes Beach, and then look for gifts at Caribbean Trading Rincon.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rincon road trip planning site.

New York City, USA to Rincon is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get much hotter in Rincon: highs are around 84°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aguadilla.
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Aguadilla — 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 15th (Sun): stroll through Playa Crashboat, don't miss a visit to Monumento al Cacique Mabodamaca, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jobos Beach, and finally visit a coastal fixture at The Old Aguadilla Lighthouse Ruins.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Aguadilla vacation builder.

Aguadilla is just a short distance from Rincon. Traveling from Rincon in January, Aguadilla is little chillier at night with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mayaguez.
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Mayaguez — 1 night

Mayagüez is the eighth-largest municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.). On the 16th (Mon), sample some tasty brews at Spotin tours, then make a trip to Plaza Almirante Cristobal Colon, and then stroll around Parque Del Litoral.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mayaguez tour planning app.

Getting from Aguadilla to Mayaguez by car takes about an hour. In January in Mayaguez, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cabo Rojo.
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Cabo Rojo — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Faro Los Morrillos, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Sucia, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at YangChi Therapy. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by La Parguera and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cabo Rojo trip planning site.

Cabo Rojo is just a short distance from Mayaguez. In January in Cabo Rojo, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yauco.
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Yauco — 1 night

Yauco is a city and municipality in southwestern Puerto Rico, centered on the city of the same name. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Gilligan's Island, take a peaceful walk through Bosque Estatal de Guanica, and then appreciate the history behind La Escalinata.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yauco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cabo Rojo to Yauco in an hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Cabo Rojo in January since evenings lows in Yauco dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ponce.
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Ponce — 2 nights

Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Parque de Bombas, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte de Ponce, and then take a leisurely stroll along La Guancha de Ponce. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Museo Castillo Serralles and then head off the coast to Isla de Caja de Muertos.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ponce route builder site.

Ponce is just a stone's throw from Yauco. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in January, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lares.
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Lares

City of the Revolt

To most Puerto Ricans, Lares remains best known as the site of an 1868 uprising against the rule of Spain.
To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lares holiday planning site.

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. You'll set off for Arecibo on the 21st (Sat).
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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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Aventura Cueva Ventana, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva del Indio, and then visit a coastal fixture at Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Arecibo tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Lares to Arecibo by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Lares in January, Arecibo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Puerto Rico travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Kayaking & Canoeing
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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