Airport guide

Airports in Puerto Rico

There’s so much to see and do when your flight to Puerto Rico lands, it’s hard to know where to start. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, there’s something for everyone on the “Island of Enchantment.” 

Travelers booking flights to Puerto Rico usually begin their journey in San Juan, one of the most modernized cities in Puerto Rico. Bars, discos and restaurants line the streets of San Juan and when the sun goes down, the city comes alive. San Juan has one of the best nightlife scenes in Puerto Rico; whether your flight to Puerto Rico leaves you here for one day or one week make sure to check out the nighttime scene. For the less active traveler, let the flight to Puerto Rico be the first step toward rest and relaxation. From golfing to sailing to sunbathing on one of Puerto Rico’s perfect beaches, the trip to this country is worthwhile all year round. 

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Puerto Rico climate

Puerto Rico’s climate is tropical and mild all year long. Temperatures reach an average high in the upper 80s (F). It warms up more from June to September, but the coasts are always pleasant, thanks to cooling trade winds. To cool down even more, head up to the mountains. Rainfall varies depending on the location. The desert region in the southwest gets about 37 inches each year, while the El Yunque rainforest can easily get 200 inches in one year. The driest months are February and March and the hurricane season lasts from June through November, peaking in September.

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Best Time to Fly to Puerto Rico

Peak Season:

The busiest tourist season is mid-December to mid-April. Rates are at their highest, and flights and hotel reservations need to be made at least two to three months in advance.

Off Season:

The low season is late spring to late fall, and hotel rates can drop by 20 to 60 percent. Facilities tend to be open and resort shops often have summer sales. Keep in mind that during the off season some resorts offer fewer services and hotels do their construction and repair projects in the summer, but this is also the best time to find cheap flights to Puerto Rico. Throughout the year Puerto Rico has week-long patron saints’ festivals, during which you may need to make reservations.

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Getting around Puerto Rico

San Juan’s airport has taxis and buses to get you into town, and some hotels run courtesy vans. Puerto Rico is 100 miles long by 35 miles wide with some of the best scenery in the Caribbean. Although best seen by car, be aware that the locals drive erratically and that speeds are posted in miles and distances in kilometers. To see the island’s interior, and get a few thrills, take La Ruta Panoramica along the mountains. The panorama is dazzling but be prepared for passages with precipitous drops on both sides of the road and sections without dividers.

In a major city or resort you may not need a car. Sightseeing on foot is often fun and you can take a publico. Publicos are minivans that service most towns on the island. They don’t have set schedules, but you can flag one down. Publicos are identified by “P” or “PD” on the license plate.

Taxis are available in San Juan and major tourist areas. Tour buses and ferries are another option for getting around, as is chartering a boat or plane. There are also several airlines that fly to small airports in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.

The following chart gives approximate travel times from

San Juan

(in hours and minutes) to other major cities and resorts in Puerto Rico.

 AirRoadSea
Ponce0.301.30-
Mayagüez0.302.30-
Vieques0.300.45*2.00
Fajardo-0.45-
Note:

*As far as Fajardo and then by sea.

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Puerto Rico Travel Information

  • An urban city on the north coast, San Juan is the arrival point for most visitors. The main attraction is Old San Juan. Once enclosed by walls to ward off invaders, it is a trove of Spanish architecture and steep, cobblestone streets.
  • East and west of San Juan are beautiful beaches, some with every amenity imaginable and others that seem to go on forever. Nearby El Yunque is a 28,000-acre rainforest with coqui frogs, miniature orchids, endangered Puerto Rican green parrots, and hiking trails.
  • For something completely different, Rio Camuy Cave Park is a karst region with one of the world’s largest subterranean rivers. There are more than 200 caves and tours for tourists and advanced spelunkers.
  • The center of Ponce dates from the late 17th century and has plazas, churches, colonial homes, fountains, an ancient cathedral, and charming town square. On the south coast, Ponce shows a less urban side of Puerto Rico and the beaches are less crowded.
  • Western Puerto Rico, particularly the southwest, is where Puerto Ricans go for vacation. The terrain is varied, some places are desert-like and others lush forest. Many of the best beaches are in the southwest, include those on Gilligan’s Island and the Cabo Rojopeninsula.
  • San German, Puerto Rico’s second-oldest city, is in the National Register of Historic Places for its architecture. The main attraction is the oldest church in the New World, built in 1606. The city is also know for its santeros who carve wooden figures of saints.
  • The Guánica Dry Forest Reserve is a subtropical dry forest with unusual plants and animals and endangered species. The birdwatching here is excellent.
  • La Parguera has swamps, channels, canals, and a bioluminescent bay (la Bahía Fosforescente) and some of the best diving on the island.

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Puerto Rico airports

Major airports in Puerto Rico:
San Juan Luis Munoz Marín International Airport (SJU). The airport is situated 9 miles east of San Juan.

Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) is in Aguadilla.

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Passport and Visa Information

Puerto Rico has the same immigration system as the US. If you’re coming from a country other than the US, you will need a valid passport and visa.

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Entry requirements

US citizens only need government-issued picture IDs to enter the country.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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    John F. Kennedy International to Aeropuerto Rafael Hernandez (Borinquen):
    3 hr 40 mins
    Newark International to Aeropuerto Rafael Hernandez (Borinquen):
    4 hr 6 mins
    John F. Kennedy International to Mercedita:
    3 hr 45 mins
    Newark International to Mercedita:
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    La Guardia to Luis Munoz Marin International:
    6 hr 30 mins
    John F. Kennedy International to Luis Munoz Marin International:
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    Newark International to Luis Munoz Marin International:
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    In-flight reading

    Dark Hunger

    Mayra CalvaniWell received first novel by a Puerto Rican writer about romance, mystery, vampires, and true friendship with Puerto Rico as the background.

    Stories from Puerto Rico

    Robert L. Muckley and Adela Martinez-Santiago A collection of folklore, legends, true-life stories, and mysteries written in both English and Spanish. The stories are presented chronologically, from pre-Columbian times to UFO sightings in the 1970s.

    The Puerto Ricans: A Documentary History

    eds. Kal Wagenheim and Olga Jimenez de Wagenheim A history presented through excerpts of documents and letters covering the period from when Columbus discovered the island through its becoming a U.S. Commonwealth.

    Sirena Selena

    Mayra Santos-FebresA fifteen-year-old boy sings like an angel but is orphaned on the streets of San Juan. A drag queen takes him in and transforms the boy into a diva.