The only international flights are on JetBlue, which flies from Ponce to Orlando and New York–JFK.
Transfers: Taxis at the airport use meters; expect to pay about $6 to get to downtown Ponce. Some hotels have shuttles to and from the airport, but you must make arrangements in advance.
JetBlue (800/538–2583. www.jetblue.com.)
Aeropuerto Mercedita (Rte. 506, off Rte. 52, Ponce, 00716. 787/842–6292.)
There's no easy network of buses linking the towns in southern Puerto Rico with San Juan or with each other. Some municipalities and private companies operate buses or públicos (usually large vans) that make many stops. Call ahead; although reservations aren't usually required, you'll need to check on schedules, which change frequently. The cost of a público from Ponce to San Juan is about $15–$20; agree on a price beforehand.
Choferes Unidos de Ponce (Terminal de Carros Públicos, Calle Vives and Calle Mendéz Vigo, Ponce Centro, Ponce, 00730. 787/764–0540.)
Getting around southern Puerto Rico without a car can be quite frustrating. You can rent cars at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and other San Juan locations. There are also car-rental agencies in some of the larger cities along the south coast. Rates run about $35–$65 a day. A road map is essential in southern Puerto Rico. So is patience: allow extra time for twisting mountain roads and wrong turns. Some roads, especially in rural areas, aren't plainly marked.
In Ponce you can hail taxis in tourist areas and outside hotels. In smaller towns it's best to call a taxi. You can also hire a car service (make arrangements through your hotel); often you can negotiate a lower rate than with a taxi.
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