Nonstop flights to San Juan from New York are 3¼ hours; from Miami, 2½ hours; from Atlanta, 3½ hours; from Boston, 4 hours; from Chicago, 4¾ hours; from Los Angeles, 8 hours; from Spain, 8¾ hours; from the United Kingdom, 11 hours.
There are dozens of daily flights to Puerto Rico from the United States, and connections are particularly good from the East Coast, although there are a few nonstop flights from the Midwest as well. San Juan's international airport is a major regional hub, so many travelers headed elsewhere in the Caribbean make connections here. Because of the number of flights, fares to San Juan are among the most reasonably priced to the region.
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The island's main airport is Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín (SJU), 20 minutes east of Old San Juan in the neighborhood of Isla Verde. San Juan's secondary airport is the small Fernando L. Ribas-Dominicci Airport (SIG), also called Isla Grande, near the city's Miramar section. From either airport you can catch flights to Culebra and Vieques, and from SJU you can also connect to other destinations in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean.
Other Puerto Rican airports include Aeropuerto Internacional Rafael Hernández (BQN) in the northwestern town of Aguadilla, Aeropuerto Eugenio María de Hostos (MAZ) in the west-coast community of Mayagüez, Mercedita (PSE) in the south-coast town of Ponce, José Aponte de la Torre (RVR) in the east-coast town of Ceiba; Antonio Rivera Rodríguez (VQS) on Vieques, and Aeropuerto Benjamin Rivera Noriega (CPX) on Culebra.
Aeropuerto Antonio Rivera Rodríguez (Vieques. 787/741–8358.)
Aeropuerto Benjamin Rivera Noriega (Culebra. 787/742-0022.)
Aeropuerto Eugenio María de Hostos (Mayagüez. 787/833–0148.)
Aeropuerto Fernando L. Ribas-Dominicci (Isla Grande, San Juan. 787/729-8711.)
Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín (Isla Verde, San Juan. 787/791–3840.)
Aeropuerto José Aponte de la Torre (Ceiba. 787/534–4100.)
Aeropuerto Mercedita (Ponce. 787/842-6292.)
Aeropuerto Rafael Hernández (Aguadilla. 787/890–6075.)
Before arriving, check with your hotel about transfers: some hotels and resorts provide transport from the airport—free or for a fee—to their guests; some larger resorts run regular shuttles. Otherwise, your best bets are taxis turísticos (tourist taxis). Uniformed officials at the airport can help you make arrangements. They will give you a slip with your exact fare to hand to the driver. Rates are based on your destination. A taxi turístico to Isla Verde costs $10. It's $15 to Condado and $19 to Old San Juan. There's a $1 charge for each bag handled by the driver.
San Juan's busy Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín receives flights from all major American carriers. AirTran offers direct flights from Atlanta, Baltimore, Orlando, and Tampa. American Airlines flies nonstop from Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Miami, Newark, New York–JFK, and Philadelphia. Continental Airlines flies nonstop from Houston and Newark. Delta flies nonstop from Atlanta, New York–LGA, and New York–JFK. JetBlue flies nonstop from Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, and New York–JFK. Spirit Air flies nonstop from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. United flies nonstop from Chicago and Washington, D.C.–Dulles. US Airways flies nonstop from Baltimore, Charlotte, and Philadelphia.
It used to be that travelers arriving at San Juan's international airport had to transfer to nearby Aeropuerto Fernando L. Ribas-Dominicci (close to Old San Juan and Condado) to take a flight to Vieques or Culebra. These days, all the carriers servicing the islands also have flights from the international airport. Air Flamenco and Vieques Air Link offer daily flights from both airports in San Juan to Vieques and Culebra. Cape Air flies between the international airport and Vieques.
Puerto Rico is also a good spot from which to hop to other Caribbean islands. American Eagle serves many islands in the Caribbean from San Juan; Cape Air connects San Juan to St. Thomas, St. Croix, Tortola, Anguilla, and Nevis. Seaborne Airlines departs from San Juan International to St. Thomas and St. Croix. JetBlue now flies to St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. Maarten from SJU.
San Juan is no longer the only gateway into Puerto Rico. If you're headed to the western part of the island, you can fly directly into Aguadilla. Continental flies here from Newark, JetBlue flies here from New York–JFK and Orlando, and Spirit Air flies nonstop from Fort Lauderdale. If the southern coast is your goal, JetBlue flies to Ponce from New York–JFK and Orlando.
American Airlines (800/433–7300. www.aa.com.)
AirTran (800/247-8726. www.airtran.com.)
Delta Airlines (800/221-1212 for U.S. reservations; 800/241-4141 for international reservations. www.delta.com.)
JetBlue (800/538–2583. www.jetblue.com.)
Spirit Airlines (800/772–7117. www.spirit.com.)
United Airlines (800/864–8331. www.united.com.)
US Airways (800/428–4322 for U.S. and Canada reservations; 800/622–1015 for international reservations. www.usairways.com.)
Air Flamenco (787/724-1818 or 877/535-2636. www.airflamenco.net.)
Cape Air (866/227-3247. www.capeair.com.)
Seaborne Airlines (340/773-6442 or 866/359-8784. www.seaborneairlines.com.)
Vieques Air Link (787/741-8331 or 888/901-9247. www.viequesairlink.com.)
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