Aguadilla is a convenient gateway to western Puerto Rico, thanks to several daily international flights. Continental Airlines flies from Newark to Aguadilla, and JetBlue has daily service from Orlando or New York–JFK to Aguadilla. American Eagle and Cape Air fly between San Juan and Mayagüez.
Transfers: There are no airport shuttles in either Aguadilla or Mayagüez. A taxi from either airport into town is about $10, but if you are going any farther, you should rent a car.
Cape Air (800/227–3247. www.flycapeair.com.)
United Airlines (800/525–0280. www.continental.com.)
JetBlue (800/538–2583. www.jetblue.com.)
Airports and Transfers
Aeropuerto Eugenio María de Hostos. Aeropuerto Eugenio María de Hostos (MAZ) is a small public use airport, located 3.5 miles north of the central business district of Mayagüez. They offer daily flights to and from San Juan, as well as other regional flights. There's little inside besides the car-rental counters and an ATM machine. Hwy. 2, Km 148.7, Mayagüez, 00682. 787/833–0148. www.prpa.gobierno.pr/aeropuertos.
Spirit Airlines (801/401–2200.)
Bus and Van Travel
No easy network of buses links the towns in the Porta del Sol region of northwestern Puerto Rico. Some municipalities and private companies operate buses and large shared vans (públicos) that travel from one city to another, but schedules are loose. But if you're adventurous and not easily frustrated, it's possible to arrange for cheap transportation from San Juan to Aguadilla, Rincón, and Mayagüez, among other towns. Prices from terminal to terminal are set, but drivers may go to another destination if arranged beforehand.
Choferes Unidos travels from San Juan to Aguadilla for about $10 per person. Linea Sultana has vans from San Juan to Mayagüez that also drop off passengers along Highway 2 in Aguada, Quebradillas, and Isabela; the price is about $12 per person. Línea Caborrojeña travels between San Juan and Cabo Rojo.
Línea Sultana (787/765–9377 or 787/767–5205.)
You really need a car to see northwestern Puerto Rico, especially the mountain area. The toll road, Highway 22, makes it easy to reach Arecibo from San Juan. Highway 22 turns into Highway 2 just after Arecibo, swings by the northwestern tip of the island, then heads south to Mayagüez.
Taxis can be hailed near the main plaza in Mayagüez, but in the smaller towns they may be hard to come by. Check with your hotel or restaurant, and staff there may be able to call one for you.
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