Puerto Rico, that American gem in the Caribbean, is the jumping off point for many places in the United States mainland and beyond. The island, properly known as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is part of the United States, uses the American Dollar for currency and is bilingually English and Spanish. If you already have your destination in mind, head for the Skyscanner website to find the best route and cheapest airfare for your trip. If you haven't quite decided where to take that well-earned vacation, try the To Everywhere search. You'll find a handy map showing the available destinations and approximate costs.
Airports and Airlines in Puerto Rico
- Aeropuerto International Luis Munoz Marin (SJU), on the northeastern end of Puerto Rico in the town of Carolina, is the largest and busiest on the island. Cruise ship passengers and visitors to the quaint and colourful town of Old San Juan, a 13-kilometre drive, often fly in and out of this location. Major carriers such as American, Delta, JetBlue and United have frequent departures as do regional companies such as Tradewind Aviation, Seabourne Airlines and Cape Air. With four terminals and a complete range of services, Luis Munoz Marin takes good care of its passengers.
- The Rafael Hernandez Airport (BQN) in Aquadilla is on the north-western tip of Puerto Rico. It is a major gateway for destinations in the United States, the Caribbean and South America via JetBlue and Spirit Airlines. Taxi service is available, roughly a five-kilometre drive from downtown Aquadilla.
- Smaller but located right in the heart of San Juan is the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport, otherwise known as Isla Grande Airport (SIG). Small carriers such as M & N Aviation and Air Flamenco provide service to Caribbean locales, such as St. Croix, St. Thomas and Tortola. Isla Grande is also handy if you want to jet off to some of the smaller airports on Puerto Rico.
Popular Places to Go from Puerto Rico
- One of the least expensive flights from Puerto Rico to the US Mainland is to Orlando, Florida. This popular destination is the land of Mickey Mouse and that larger-than-life park, Disney World. Visit exhibits from the world over at Epcot Center, discover the ins and outs of movie magic at Universal Studios or relive your childhood at the Magic Kingdom Park. Get good and wet at one of two water parks and then dine and shop at the Disney BoardWalk. Several themed hotels are within the park grounds letting you experience Disney Magic 24/7.
- New York, New York, is another great favourite destination. Whether it's to catch a Broadway Show, shop in Manhattan, or explore Central Park, this is one city that is always hopping. Catch a ferry out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Climb the 354 steps to Liberty's crown and view the New York skyline from a completely different angle. Visiting in winter? Rent some ice skates and take a turn on the ice at Rockefeller Center.
- Chicago is home to messy but delightful deep-dish pizza, dripping with sauce and filled with your choice of toppings and mounds of cheese. Sample a Chicago-Style hot dog complete with sesame seed bun, chopped onions, pickles, relish, peppers and yellow mustard. Beyond being a foodie haven, Chicago also boasts world class museums. Feast your eyes on works by Van Gogh or Gauguin at the Art Institute of Chicago, or meet the largest T-Rex ever discovered at the Field Museum of Natural History. Discover the wonders of the world's oceans at the Shedd Aquarium. For a panoramic view of Chicago, and beyond, head to the top of the 108-story Willis Tower, also known as the Sears Tower. It's the perfect place to decide where to go next.