The Best Of Puerto Rico in 4 Days Itinerary (Where to Play, Eat, and Sleep)

With lush green mountains, colorful homes, tons of culture, and great food, Puerto Rico is an incredible destination! With a Puerto Rico itinerary of 4 days, we explored waterfalls, beautiful beaches, took a road trip around the entire island of Puerto Rico, visited a bio bay, and more!

So what can you expect from this 4 days in Puerto Rico Travel itinerary?

Detailed below, I cover the best things to do in Puerto Rico throughout your 4 days, where to eat, where to stay, the best ways to get around Puerto Rico, and all the travel tips you will want to know for planning your Puerto Rico vacation.

First time in Puerto Rico? Here are things to know before visiting Puerto Rico (and some fun Puerto Rico facts).

Carolina Beach Puerto Rico
Isla Verde Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico Itinerary

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How Many Days Do You Need in Puerto Rico

So, is 4 days in Puerto Rico enough? While you probably can’t get enough days in this tropical paradise, 4 days will allow you to see so much of Puerto Rico. We were able to see the major attractions of Puerto Rico and even a road trip around the entire island of Puerto Rico during our 4 day itinerary.

Don’t have 4 full days in your Puerto Rico Itinerary? Here are the 16+ best things to do in Puerto Rico!

Puerto Rico Itinerary Day 1 of 4: Explore Old San Juan

Since you will likely be flying into San Juan, starting your vacation in Old San Juan is the perfect way to kick-start your 4 days in Puerto Rico!

I highly recommend walking around Old San Juan or even considering taking a walking tour or Puerto Rico food tour. Old San Juan is rather small, so you will be able to see the city on foot.

Also, it is almost impossible to find a parking spot for a car in Old San Juan, trust me I tried – so it is best not to drive in Old San Juan.

Additionally, the streets are so colorful and picturesque, so you won’t want to miss visiting. Oh, and there is a ton of history in Old San Juan, which makes it a unique part of your Puerto Rican itinerary.

Discover Old San Juan with 4 days in Puerto Rico
Colorful streets in Old San Juan

Top places to see in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico Itinerary

While walking around Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, here are some of my favorite places to visit around Old San Juan.

Fortaleza Street: This is the famous street that had all the umbrellas, however, they have changed it to flags. It seems that they change it pretty often, but this street is beautiful nonetheless. Additionally, you are right in front of La Fortaleza.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro Fort):  El Morro citadel was built between the 16th and 18th centuries and helped protect Old San Juan from Pirates and other intruders! With a ticket here, you can also access Castillo San Cristóbal Fort.

This is a must-see with 4 days in your Puerto Rico itinerary. The grounds are quite large so take ample time exploring.

Plaza Del Quinto Centenario: A cute plaza that was built in honor of Columbus’ first voyage, with a tall clay monument and a splash area (which comes in handy from the high humidity!) This is close to El Morro Fort.

The Black Puerto Rican Flag Mural: Found on an old abandoned building, the flag was painted black to show Puerto Rico is standing up to the fight and taking action upon the collapse of the educational system, healthcare workforce, and more!

Besides being a really cool mural, it’s also a very Instagrammable place in Puerto Rico and Old San Juan!

Save a Gato: Love cats? Find a haven at Save a Gato, where they take care of the stray cats of Old San Juan! The general area is really nice by Save a Goto with views of La Fortaleza (the official residence of the Puertorican Governor).

Pro Puerto Rico Itinerary Travel Tip: You will want to take a Uber into Old San Juan because parking is almost nonexistent and Old San Juan is extremely walkable!

Colorful streets in Old San Juan Puerto Rico
Colorful street in Old San Juan by Caficultura

Puerto Rico Itinerary Day 2: Experience El Yunque National Forest & Bioluminescent Bay

On day 2 of your 4 days in Puerto Rico itinerary, we will be visiting two very unique Puerto Rican attractions.

El Yunque National Forest is actually the only tropical rainforest in the United States and is a must-see attraction with 4 days in Puerto! Did you know El Yunque is almost 29,000 acres?

Additionally, we will be exploring the bioluminescent bay at Laguna Grande in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Day Trip to El Yunque Rainforest

El Yunque is located East of San Juan and takes about 40 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. This lush rainforest is so beautiful. If you love nature, you might even want to spend a night at El Yunque to disconnect and be in the Rainforest.

Getting Tickets for El Yunque Rainforest

El Yunque is back and forth on whether they want you to secure a ticket ahead of time. At the time of writing this, they have turned the reservation off, meaning it is first come, first served, but you can double-check visiting El Yunque here. If they have turned the reservation system back on, you can find more details on getting tickets to El Yunque here.

Or, if you want to save yourself the headache of getting tickets, you can book a tour here. They will likely hit most of the below attractions.

Things to do in El Yunque

To start the day off, I would recommend trying to get here early and first checking out the area near the Angelito trail (no reservation needed).

While heading towards the Angelito trail, there will be a pullover to your right-hand side right before the official pull-off, opening to an oasis and it is really beautiful!

Address: PR-988, Luquillo, 00773, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Travel Tip: Make sure to get fuel for your car beforehand! Rookie mistake for us. Also, note there is no cell service through the park. Map below!

Views from Yokahu Tower in Puerto Rico in El Yunque

Other top places you will want to make sure to visit in El Yunque Rainforest include Yokahu Tower which offers panoramic views of the forest, La Coca Falls, and Juan Diego Creek which is a swimmable waterfall.

While in El Yunque you might see coquí (Puerto Rican famous tree frog), Puerto Rican parrot, and a variety of lizards.

There are tons of hiking trails for beginners and advanced hikers within El Yunque. I would also recommend packing an umbrella, raincoat, or Pancho since it rains every day (thus rainforest), and at points, it was raining like crazy during our visit!

Other great things to pack while visiting El Yunque are bug repellent, sunscreen, bathing suits, mosquito repellant, and quickdry towels (these are my fav)!

Read: Get my full Puerto Rico Packing List

To get to El Yunque’s main entrance, use Yokahu Tower as your GPS Point: PR-191, Río Grande 00745, Puerto Rico

La Coca Falls in El Yunque Puerto Rico
La Coca Falls in El Yunque Puerto Rico
El Yunque National Forest Map
Screenshot from the USDA Forest Service

Natural Rock Slide in El Yunque

If you have additional time in your Puerto Rico itinerary and are looking for an off-the-beaten-path/local Puerto Rican experience, I would recommend checking out a natural rock waterslide that can be found in a very kind gentleman’s backyard. No reservation is needed for this either.

For a small fee of $5 USD, he lets you park in his yard and go through his backyard to what eventually leads to a hidden oasis of tiny waterfalls and a natural pool.

We had an amazing time here and could have stayed all day. There were very few tourists among the locals, and everyone was very kind!

Please note, that you are responsible for your own safety, so be cautious of slippery rocks, flash floods, etc. since this is not considered a regular Puerto Rico tourist spot.  Also, please clean up after yourself since it is still considered a part of locals’ backyards.

18°20’16.3″N 65°43’51.8″W

Visit the rock slide waterfall with 4 days in Puerto Rico
A mini waterfall at the secret rock slide pool

Bioluminescent Kayaking in Puerto Rico Bio bays

With only 5 Bioluminescent bays in the world, 3 of the 5 call Puerto Rico home. With 4 days (or even less) this would still make it to the top of any Puerto Rico itinerary!

The 3 bio bays are Mosquito Bay in Vieques, Laguna Grande in Fajardo, and La Parguera in Lajas. We visited Laguna Grande, which is the most popular bay. This is likely because it is so close to San Juan and El Yunque.

So you might be asking, what exactly is a bio bay? The bio bays have what’s called flagellates,  tiny micro-organisms that cause the bay to light up light blue!

While it is pretty spectacular to see in person, please note, the bay does not light up anywhere close to what you see in photos.

To have a better opportunity to see them, it is best to go when it is closer to a new moon, making the sky darker. The more light pollution, the harder they are to see, especially when you are close to the city.

Some other key notes I would mention is that you are kayaking at night, and when I say night, I mean pitch blackness through mangroves. It was kind of creepy but also pretty cool!

Oh, and be prepared to be completely soaking wet from the kayak paddles dripping down on you!

Lastly, it is nearly impossible to capture the lights on a camera unless it is a DSLR (professional), which is why I have no pictures for this one. Find Kayaking tours here!

Visit El Yunque Tropical Rainforest for as one of the fun things to do in Puerto Rico
El Yunque Tropical Rainforest lookout

Puerto Rico Itinerary Day 3 of 4 days: Road Trip Around Puerto Rico

On day 3 of our Puerto Rico itinerary, we decided to take a road trip around the perimeter of Puerto Rico!

While this can easily be done with 4 days in Puerto Rico, if you have an extra day or two, I would suggest staying on the west coast in Rincon, Puerto Rico for a day or two. This was probably one of our favorite days because we got to see so much of the island!

We started this road trip around 7 AM from our Airbnb in Carolina.

Cabo Rojo 4 days in Puerto Rico
Look out by the Cabo Rojo lighthouse

Ponce, Puerto Rico

We started our road trip heading south from San Juan with our first stop in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The drive is incredibly scenic, with large mountain ranges! If you have time, Ponce has tons of history and nice beaches nearby.

We arrived in Ponce around 8:30 AM. Aside from walking around and taking some photos, we grabbed a quick breakfast to go. Overall, we likely spent around 1 hour here.

Some of the best things to see in Ponce, Puerto Rico include:

Villaronga House: Classical Revival-style mansion in Ponce that was acquired and restored by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and now operates as the Museo de la Arquitectura Ponceña.

Parque de Bombas: A rad firehouse that is anything but ordinary and is known as one of Puerto Rico’s most notable landmarks!

Ponce Cathedral: A historic Cathedral built in 1835 located right in the middle of the town square, Plaza Las Delicias.

Villaronga House Ponce Puerto Rico
Villaronga House Ponce Puerto Rico
Parque de Bombas Fire house in Ponce
Parque de Bombas – Fire house in Ponce

Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Cabo Rojo was our first stop on the west side of Puerto Rico. We specifically came here to see the pink salt flats known as Salinas de Cabo Rojo.

This side of Puerto Rico was especially hot and dry, yet still incredibly humid, if that even makes sense! Make sure to bring your own water.

Pink Salt Flats Salinas de Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico
Pink Salt flats in Cabo Rojo

Salinas de Cabo Rojo

When arriving at the pink salt flats, just pull off to the side of the road, and you can walk right into an open gate entrance. We noticed tons of locals biking around.

While there are no signs, PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH THE WATER, which could negatively affect the environment.

Believe it or not, these salt flatlands are home to a large population of over 40 thousand birds that come to migrate in the winter. Overall, the Cabo Rojo salt flats are incredibly beautiful to see in person and very insta-worthy!

We personally arrived at the Salt Flats around 10:15 AM and stayed around 30 minutes.

Address: PR-301, Boquerón, Cabo Rojo 00622, Puerto Rico

Visiting the Pink salt lakes is one of the best things to do in Puerto Rico
Cabo Rojo Salt Flats

Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo

Faro Los Morrillos is not too far from the Pink Salt Lake and is where one of the historic lighthouses of Puerto Rico resides!

In this general area, you will see small cliff views looking out to the turquoise beaches. While we did not walk all the way up to the lighthouse, the grounds, in general, are quite unique, with cacti growing everywhere.

We likely spent around 30 minutes here because it was very hot and we were hungry.

Address: PR-301 Boquerón, Cabo Rojo 00622 Puerto Rico

Rincon, Puerto Rico

From Cabo Rojo, head north to Rincon, Puerto Rico! The next time I am in Puerto Rico, I will be spending more time exploring Rincon since it is such a fun area.

Rincon is a surfer town with great eats, a very cute town, and nice beaches.

We came to Rincon to check out Steps Beach, which is a National Reserve, meaning the sea and coral are protected.

Unfortunately, we learned from a local that around every day at 2-4 PM, it rains/thunderstorms. It is a beach that locals told us it is not to miss and has amazing snorkeling. My suggestion is to GET HERE EARLY!

We also ate at a great restaurant (mentioned below in the food section) located on Sandy Beach, a little more north, which is a really unique beach full of palm trees and tons of restaurants overlooking the water. The west side of Puerto Rico is known for its surfing beaches.

We actually ate first and drove back, however, I would first go to Step Beach and then the Sandy Beach area to eat so you can miss any rain.

Steps Beach Address: PR-413 Rincon Puerto Rico 00677, Rincón 00602, Puerto Rico

Sandy Beach Address: Carretera 413 Ramal Km 4.4, Rincon, Rincón 00677, Puerto Rico – This entrance is by Tamboo.

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

After many recommendations, we headed to Aguadilla’s Crash Boat Beach, which is a local hot spot in Puerto Rico. Upon arrival, the music was bumping, sweet smells of food filled the air, and even though it was slightly raining, everyone was still partying!

Food stands line the beach, and boats, jet skis, and giant floats anchored in with boats battling each other over who can play music louder!

If you want to get an authentic Puerto Rican experience, I would put Crash boat beach on your Puerto Rico itinerary! Full Disclosure: we did come on a Saturday, which possibly equaled a bigger party =)

We spent around an hour here, give or take.

Address: PR-458, Aguadilla Pueblo, Aguadilla 00603, Puerto Rico

Crash Boat Beach Puerto Rico

Playa Peña Blanca (Wishing Wells)

A local recommended we also check out Wishing Wells beach, which is a small little cove found driving through a local neighborhood.

Iguanas crawled on the small cliff overlooking crystal clear water. This is definitely a little gem beach in Puerto Rico!

It is about a 2-hour drive back to San Juan, so if you do not feel comfortable driving at night, you might want to take that into consideration. This was our last stop on our Puerto Rico road trip. We spent around another hour swimming here and left this location around 6 PM -ish.

These coordinates should bring you there, but if you google map it, it should work since that is how we got there. 18°28’19.9″N 67°10’06.7″W

If you fancy seeing another waterfall instead of a beach, you can check out Cascada Gozalandia Waterfall located in San Sebastián which is very popular to visit.

Address: Sec Lechuza, San Sebastián 00685, Puerto Rico

Playa Peña Blanca (Wishing Wells) Puerto Rico
Playa Peña Blanca (Wishing Wells) Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Day 4: San Juan and Carolina, Puerto Rico Itinerary

On the last day of our Puerto Rico Itinerary, we wanted to keep it more local. So, on day 4, we explored more of Old San Juan and did the Bacardi tour.

With 4 days in Puerto Rico, visiting Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a must. This fort was used to help protect the borders from incoming ships and Pirates.  There is tons of history within the two forts, and the views of the ocean are also beautiful.

Additionally, your ticket will give you access to San Cristobal Fort as well, which is one of the largest Spanish Forts built in the Americas.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro Puerto Rico
View from El Morro Fort in Old San Juan

Casa de Bacardi

We scheduled a historical tour on Bacardi’s website, and it was so fun (btw am not even a big drinker)! This is actually the largest rum distillery in the world right in Puerto Rico!

We learned tons about making rum, which was way more interesting than I would have thought, and Baradi is still a family-owned business! WIN!

The tour was about 45 minutes, so it was not overwhelming at all, and it was a great way to spend our 4th day in Puerto Rico before hitting the beach!

Address: PR-165, Cataño, 00949, Puerto Rico

Carolina, Isla Verde

Who doesn’t want to enjoy more beautiful Puerto Rican beaches? Head to the beach in Isla Verde, in Carolina/San Juan! They are known to have beautiful beaches, which I can attest to, and it is very close to Old San Juan! It is also right next to the San Juan Hotel.

Puerto Rico beaches are very instagrammable
Isla Verde Beach, Puerto Rico at sunrise

Puerto Rican Islands Vieques and Culebra

If you were thinking about island hopping instead, with 4 days in Puerto Rico, this is also totally possible. The most popular islands to visit in Puerto Rico are Vieques and Culebra.

Both islands are known for having pristine beaches and great snorkeling. You can reach these two islands by ferry or commuter plane. Additionally, you can take a tour of the Puerto Rico islands. While we didn’t get to do this during our trip, I have had friends who highly recommended it, so if you have seen most of Old San Juan, this can be a great addition to your last day in Puerto Rico. I plan to go back to explore these islands.

La Placita

I have been told by many Puerto Rican locals that La Placita is one of the best things to do in Puerto Rico to get that real cultural vibe of how Puerto Ricans like to live on the weekends!

It is best to go to La Placita on a Friday or Saturday night! La Placita is a farmers market during the day and closes down into a huge party at night.

There is tons of music, food, and clubs all outside. You will see tons of locals coming here to enjoy their weekend and let off some steam. The party really gets started at around 11:30 pm, so get your dancing shoes ready!

Good Food Places to Try in Puerto Rico

What would a Puerto Rico itinerary be without listing some great Puerto Rican food options? Below are some of our favorite places to eat in Puerto Rico!

Tamboo: This was our best meal while in Puerto Rico! This was a recommendation from a Local, and they did not steer us wrong! Tamboo is part of a hotel overlooking the beach in Rincon. I had the vegetable tower and fish tacos. It was DELISH!

Señor Paleta: A great place to go and beat the heat in Old San Juan for the most delicious fruit popsicles! Not to mention, they are pretty instragramable =)

Waffle-era Tea Room alias La Waflera:  This was such a gem find right in Old San Juan! I happen to love waffles, and this is waffle heaven! I got a poached egg on top of my waffle with cheese, and they had plenty of delicious dessert-sounding waffles, too!

Caficultura: Another great breakfast or brunch spot in Old San Juan! I had banana rum pancakes that were amazing! Also, the surrounding streets are super cute and totally photo-worthy!

Hijole – Cocina Mexicana (Isla Verde) We stayed in Carolina, just outside San Juan, and really enjoyed HiJole for dinners! The quesadillas were so good!

Additionally, make sure to try the traditional Puerto Rican dish Mofongo, which is made of fried plantains and is filled with meat, fish, or vegetables.

Waffle-era Tea Room alias La Waflera in Old San Juan
Waffle-era Tea Room alias La Waflera

Getting to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a tiny island located in the Caribbean Sea, nestled between the Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands. The best way to get to Puerto Rico is by plane, and many major airports fly into Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), AKA the San Juan airport.

Puerto Rico is also the perfect vacation for anyone looking for authentic Caribbean vibes from the USA. The best part is you won’t even need a passport (if you are from the USA) since PR is a US Territory! I know this seems obvious, but I can’t tell you how many people ask if you need a passport from the USA to Puerto Rico!

FYI: UPDATE: I recently been made aware that Uber is now allowed to pick you up at the airport. If you are unable to get an Uber, there are still taxis.

Colorful Streets in Old San Juan Puerto Rico
Colorful Streets in Old San Juan

How to Explore Puerto Rico with this Itinerary

The best way to get around for this 4 day Puerto Rico itinerary is by renting a car. While Uber is readily available, discovering Puerto Rico by car is the best way!

I would recommend getting insurance from the rental company since their roads are rough and have tons of potholes (we lost a hubcap).

Pro Puerto Rico Travel Tip: Once arriving at San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), you will need to get your rental car. Instead of using an airport rental location, we rented our car with the Enterprise location outside of the airport in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

By using the rental car location outside the airport, we actually saved $100’s. We just took a cab to the rental car location, and wala!

Where to Stay with 4 Days in Puerto Rico Itinerary

We chose to stay in an Airbnb located in Carolina (right next to San Juan and the airport) The area is very walkable and has nice beaches!

Carolina (Care-o-lean-a) is located outside of San Juan. The area has major hotels, lots of food, shopping, and is considered to have better beaches than San Juan.  Here is my guide on the Best Airbnbs in Puerto Rico, here!

Other great areas to stay in Puerto Rico is San Juan, Old San Juan, Rincon, El Yunque and Ponce.

If you prefer the comforts of a hotel during your vacation, below are very highly recommended hotels around the San Juan, Puerto Rico area. For this Puerto Rico itinerary, I would recommend basing yourself in/around San Juan.

Caribe Hilton (High-end)

Caribe Hilton was recently renovated and the property looks beautiful. Their property includes a private beachfront on 17 acres of tropical gardens. Its unique location is perfect for beach lovers! Check prices here!

Hotel El Convento (Mid-High)

Known as one of the most Instagramable hotels, Hotel El Convento is located right in Old San Juan. Here, you are within walking distance to everything in the Old City and 15 minutes from the airport. Check prices here!

The Condado Plaza Hilton (Moderate)

The Condado overlooks both the lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean with 4 onsite swimming pools. Considered a high-end 4 Star hotel. Check prices here!

The Dreamcatcher ( Low Moderate) 

The Dreamcature is San Juan’s only vegetarian hotel. This is the perfect place for someone looking for a unique boutique hotel stay that puts a lot of thought and care into the environment and its guests! Check prices here!

Add wandering through Old San Juan's streets as one of the things to do in Puerto Rico
Colorful alley in Old San Juan by Hotel El Convento

Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

You may be wondering about the condition of Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria. While they are still recovering from the storm after all these years (mostly in rural areas), they are more than ready for tourists!

Even to the trained eye, it would be hard to tell the storm even happened, especially in Old San Juan. On top of that, we found the utmost hospitality during our entire trip, and by visiting, you are helping PR to re-grow from the once tragic storm!

4 Days in Puerto Rico Travel Itinerary Wrap-Up

That wraps up some of the best things to do in Puerto Rico in 4 days! As you can see Puerto Rico has a ton to offer. I hope you have the best time on your Puerto Rico Vacation! For more travel guides for Puerto Rico, click here!

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51 thoughts on “The Best Of Puerto Rico in 4 Days Itinerary (Where to Play, Eat, and Sleep)”

  1. Hi!!
    Traveling to PR this weekend and your blog has been super helpful in planning our trip. Thank you!! Hoping to drive around the whole of PR just like you did. Could tou provide some timelines for it.. like when did you start from San Juan and what route did you take to Ponce? How much time did you spend at each location? This will be super helpful to make sure we reach back in time. Thanks so much!

    • Hi! We probably started our trip from Carolina around 7 AM ish. It looks like we were driving down route 52 to Ponce. Arrived in Ponce a little before 8:30 am, walked around and got food. We may have spent around an hour. We arrived at the salt flats around 10:15. We just put the salt flats into google maps and took the quickest route. Left around 10:52 but we were chatting with locals here. Most people would likely spend less time. Arrived by the lighthouse shortly after (by 11AM) and spent around 30 mins or so, because it was so hot! We stopped by Steps beach but it was about to rain. We talked to a local, took some pictures and left. THen we went to eat in Rincon. Arrived there around 1:15. Spent at least an hour. You may want to go down and walk on the beach. After we went to crashboat beach. Spent about an hour or so here. Then went to the wishing well beach and went swimming here for around an hour or so. We left by 6 PM to drive back to Carolina. Hope this helps!

  2. going to Puerto Rico next week and I am struggling with getting tickets to El Yunque National Forest. Could you help me?

    • Hello Ashley, now that they have a ticketing system, they have been much harder to get. What you will want to do is create a account on – Then check online exactly 24 hours before they open (I think they only do this for the following day if there are no other tickets open). So when they release tickets, you have to be ready because they sell out fast. You can usually reserve tickets for entry between 8-11 and from 11-3. Others have suggested logging in to your account 5 minutes before they open at 8 AM for the next day ticket or 5 minutes before 11 AM (this is in EST). If you don’t want this headache, your next best bet will be with booking a tour. Try getyourguidetours – I hope this helps! Feel free to reach out to me via Instagram or email =)

  3. What a gift you have shared! Thank you, thank you!! Just completed my PhD and was longing for an exotic but chill vibe. I am autistic so the thought of planning a holiday sending me immediately into overwhelm. So grateful to you ☺️ Could you please share the link of the exact Airbnb you stayed at in Carolina? Also what airline did you use? Traveling early September. Do you happen to know what the weather is like? I mean, does it still rain every day btw 2-4? Thanks so much!! Kindly, Char

    • I am so glad you found this guide helpful. You will see I also have an article on airbnbs to stay at in Puerto Rico – It is linked in there. We likely flew jetblue or delta. I would fly just about any airline except spirit or frontier – not because they are not safe, but uncomfortable in my opinion. According to the local I spoke with, she did make it seem that it does rain every day at steps beach but I am not 100% certain. We did visit the end of August, early-September though. I hope you have a fantastic time!

  4. This article is so well put together & extremely helpful. Thank you so much for the time & effort you put into this! I’m going to Puerto Rico in June & will definitely be using a lot of your recommendations, again THANK YOU!!!!

  5. Thank you for this! We are planning a 4 day trip in June and this was very helpful to make me feel like we will be able to see/do a lot in those 4 days. By any chance do you know of any fishing charters to recommend? Thanks again for sharing!

    • So happy to hear! I did not go on a charter, but I took a quick check on google and I saw a handful of companies with great reviews. You can also see who Discover Puerto Rico recommends. Hope this helps!

    • I love this so much! I’m thinking about going this august for my birthday and I want a short but fulfilling trip. I have so many questions starting with how much did this trip total up to. Please email me as soon as possible, I’d really appreciate it <3

      • Hello Johanna! To give you an idea of how much our trip costs not including flights:
        Airbnb was $347
        kayaking was $122
        Car rental $115
        Casa Bacardi $40

        The rest was mainly just gas, food, and a couple of uber rides into Old San Juan, so maybe a couple of extra hundred more. This was for 2 people.Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram @findlovetravel if you have more questions!

  6. Great itinerary. I have been in PR before once, and even if I visited some of the places you mentioned, I missed many spots. It seems I have a reason to go back now 🙂 and I live in Florida, just a short flight to this paradise.

  7. Wow! Just told my husband this is now on our short bucket list – looks so fun! Totally our jam. Will save this for all the great tips. Loved your tip of getting gas first (rookie mistake – we did that in Yellowstone .. many thanks to a kind park ranger that took us to get a container of gas -ahhhh!) . Also, the tip about renting a car outside of the airport to save 100s of dollars = PRO TIP. Thanks again for all the super helpful tips!

  8. I love that you mentioned Save a Gato! I loved learning about that when I was in San Juan 🙂 I’ve only been once but there is so much to do there, I’ll have to go back. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Great itinerary! I would love to visit Puerto Rico, it looks like there are so many beautiful places to visit like Salinas de Cabo Rojo and Rincon.

  10. Puerto Rico looks incredible to visit, and I think I would like to spend more than 4 days there! Thanks for all of the amazing tips.

  11. I’ve been wanting to go to Puerto Rico for a while now. I feel like all my friends have been going lately and loving it. Love the tips!

  12. I love the mix of things to do in your guide! So many ‘secret’ things and good tips…I can’t wait to go to Puerto Rico, I always hear amazing things about it.

  13. I was supposed to go to Puerto Rico years ago but unfortunately Hurricane Maria hit the day we were supposed to arrive. I’ve always wanted to reschedule that trip and go back! This looks like the perfect way head start for me. 🙂

  14. I would love to travel to Puerto Rico! I have seen so many photogenic places here! The firehouse you shared in your article is super cool by the way: never seen such an architecture before!

  15. visiting El Yunque was one off my favorite parts of Puerto Rico! It’s such a fun rainforest to explore! Love all your other suggestions – I am dying to go back to PR soon! 🙂

  16. This is a great itinerary! I went to PR for the first time a few months after Maria but mostly stayed in San Juan… loved it! I’d love to get to El Yunque. Great inspiration – thanks for sharing!

  17. How early did you get to the rain forest?
    How much time did you spend at the rain forest?
    How did you get in contact with the local that had the oasis in his backyard and do you just walk up to his front door and ask him?
    How come you got soaking wet during the bio-luminescent kayaking?
    Did you rent kayaks from what you mentioned “kayaking Puerto Rico”?
    Did you have to worry about any animals while in Puerto Rico and with any of the activities you did there?
    Did you feel rushed to get all of this done, it seems like you did so much in so little time?
    Was there anything else you would have done that you didn’t get to do?
    Do you have any tourist do’s and don’ts for Puerto Rico?
    Did you have to worry about pit pocketers?

  18. Thanks, I’m going in 3 weeks and this really helped, I was unsure of a drive around the island until now.

  19. Thank you so much for this post! I’m going for my honeymoon in May and I’ve been looking through similar articles but you put the others to shame! Thank you for putting together a travel article that is more than 3 super obvious and tourist-y things to do. I appreciate the time you took to find hidden gems, interact and honor the local culture, and then share it with us! I will definitely be visiting your blog again. 🙂

  20. Great post! I’ve been to Puerto Rico ten times and haven’t visited a lot of those places. Next time I’ll definitely check out at least one or two. I was last there in Fed. 2020.

    Uber is now allowed to pick up at the airport. They have a ride share section at the end of the building.

  21. Thanks so much for this great post. There is a lot of really good info and inspiration here for a great vacation.

  22. I love this post. I have to get to Puerto Rico. Visiting El Yunque and the beautiful waterfalls is right up our alley!

  23. We have pink salt flats where we stay in Spain but I’ve never managed to get a good photo!
    Puerto Rico sounds amazing, love the idea of save a gato!

  24. This looks like an awesome itinerary for Puerto Rico! My family is from this island but I haven’t been since I was 5 or 6. I would love to return soon and knock out this list, especially El Yunque. It’s such an incredible island and the food is dreamy! Thanks for all the great recommendations.

  25. Great post! I’m getting so excited for my trip 🙂

    If you wanted to fix a small error: there are several rainforests in the US. El Yunque is actually the only tropical rainforest. I live up near the Hoh rainforest in Washington State. It is a temperate rainforest, so lots of evergreens and moss. It’s beautiful if you ever end up in the PNW.

  26. Ahhh this is perfect timing!!! I’m heading to Puerto Rico on Thursday for 6 days. Thanks so much for sharing these recommendations!

  27. I went to PR back in 2014 for about 5 days in the spring. Coming from a Minnesota winter, It was the perfect thing! I agree that the bestw ay to get around is definitely by renting a car. I remember eating AMAZING food! My friends and I have been talking about potentially returning next year so I’ve saved your tips for later. I hope PR continues to recover and gets back to 100% soon!

  28. I have only “passed through” Puerto Rico never spending more than a day and I would really love to spend more time there! The food alone sounds amazing! I hope their recovery continues.


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