Getting Here and Around
Getting Here and Around
Air Flamenco. Air Flamenco flies daily from San Juan's Isla Grande Airport to Vieques and Culebra, and offers charters to both islands from San Juan International Airport (SJU). The airline also services Vieques with daily flights from the municipal airport in the town of Ceiba, which is about eight miles south of Fajardo. 787/724–1818 or. www.airflamenco.net.
Cape Air. Cape Air offers daily flights year-round between San Juan International Airport (SJU) and Vieques. 800/CAPE–AIR 800–227–3247;. www.capeair.com.
Vieques Air Link. Vieques Air Link flies daily from San Juan's Isla Grande Airport and Ceiba's municipal airport to Vieques and Culebra. It also flies daily from San Juan International Airport (SJU) to Vieques. Charters are also available. 888/901–9247. www.viequesairlink.com.
These companies also fly from Ceiba (Fajardo). Flights from San Juan are 20 to 30 minutes, and one-way fares are between $65 and $125; flights from Ceiba are about 10 minutes with one-way fares between $30 and $50. Small propeller planes that hold up to nine passengers are used.
Most international travelers fly from San Juan's Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín (SJU) or nearby Aeropuerto Fernando L. Rivas Dominicci (SIG; more commonly known as Aeropuerto Isla Grande), which is cheaper. Most of the companies that fly from San Juan also fly from Ceiba's Aeropuerto José Aponte de la Torre (RVR) about 7 miles (12 km) south of Fajardo.
It's nearly impossible to see either island without renting a car. Scooters are another option, especially on Culebra, but not if you're headed to the beach. Road conditions and local driving habits are spotty. Both islands have local agencies, including several that specialize in SUVs. Rates are between $40 and $95 a day. It's cheaper to book a hotel-rental car package.
Puerto Rico Ports Authority. The Puerto Rico Ports Authority runs passenger ferries from Fajardo to Culebra and Vieques. Service is from the ferry terminal in Fajardo, about 90 minutes' drive from San Juan. 787/494–0934 Ext. 2736. dtop.gov.pr/transporte_maritimo/index.asp. $2 per person from Fajardo to Vieques; $2.25 to Cuelbra. Children 3–11 and seniors 60–74 are $1. Passengers over 75 are free.
Car ferries also link Fajardo to Vieques and Culebra, but rental agencies won't let you take their vehicles between the mainland and islands. A municipal parking lot next to the ferry costs $5 a day. No ferries link Vieques and Culebra.
There's limited seating, so arrive about an hour ahead of the departure time. The Ports Authority claims to take phone reservations daily from 8 to 11 and 1 to 3, but it's difficult to get anyone to answer this number.
Fajardo Terminal. Schedules change often, and ferries are canceled frequently due to rough sea conditions. Call the Fajardo Terminal to confirm current schedules, and show up at least an hour before you intend to depart. 787/794–0934 Ext. 2736. www.dtop.gov.pr/transporte_maritimo/index.asp.
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