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Last minute first time trip to Puerto Rico!

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Last minute first time trip to Puerto Rico!

I’m so excited! I just received a job offer and I’m taking an impromptu visit to Puerto Rico for 12 days. I’m normally a big planner so this is quite a change for me. I’m traveling with a friend and we’ve traveled extensively through Spain. We love history, good food, wine and getting to know the culture of where we are visiting. We love venturing off the beaten path but we aren’t particularly into sports.

Our itinerary:

Old San Juan - 4 nights

Rent car after visiting San Juan:

Mayagüez - 2 nights

Ponce - 3 nights

Luquillo - 2 nights

We have booked our hotels. I’d appreciate any input on places to visit on route between San Juan and Mayagüez, Mayagüez and Ponce, and Ponce and Luquillo. Also day trips and don’t miss sights. I’d like to book a rainforest visit for the time we are in Luquillo but I’m not sure how.

Thank you in advance for your responses!

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King of Prussia...
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for San Juan, Ponce
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1. Re: Last minute first time trip to Puerto Rico!


Mayaguez is just a suburban town. Unless you have family there, there's really nothing to do there. I would trade Mayaguez for Cabo Rojo (fantastic beaches and seafood) or Rincon (surf town).

Also, please familiarize yourself with the current travel restrictions. They have been documented throughout this forum. The latest: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147319-i71-k13526307-Changes_to_Executive_Order_going_into_effect_17_April-Puerto_Rico.html#109719529

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