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Puerto Rico is an island in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 1,000 miles off the coast of Miami. It blends a rich European history, particularly Spanish, with more recently becoming part of the United States Commonwealth. This means that historical architecture and unspoiled beaches sit side by side with modern infrastructure. Although the island was battered by Hurricane Maria in 2017, most of the facilities have now been restored, and tourists are once again booking flights to Puerto Rico to enjoy the lush, mountainous interior and unspoiled beaches which run along the coast, as well as the vibrant and historically rich capital of San Juan. From exploring hidden caves and ancient villages to enjoying the thrill of surfing or snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, cheap flights to Puerto Rico open up a world of possibilities.
If you want to fly to Puerto Rico when the weather is good, then rest assured that’s most of the year. The tropical climate means mild temperatures of around 70F to 90F throughout the year, with the south coast being a little warmer and the mountains slightly cooler. The dry season runs from November to May, but brief showers are common throughout the year, particularly along the northern coast. More cautious travellers might wish to avoid booking plane tickets to Puerto Rico during the hurricane season of June to November, although plenty of warning of incoming weather is always given.
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Located seven miles outside the capital of San Juan, Luis Muñoz Marín International is the main airport in Puerto Rico and the busiest in the Caribbean, handling over 4 million passengers every year. It takes flights from cities across the US and is also a hub for onward travel to other Caribbean islands. An airport shuttle bus service travels between the airport and the city center, while local provider AMA runs buses from terminals A and D and taxis can be picked up outside terminals A, B and C.
Handling less than half a million passengers per year, flying from just four US cities, Rafael Hernández Airport is a small airport located in the city of Aguadilla. Despite its relatively small size it does slightly extend the range of airlines and flights which can be taken to Puerto Rico.
Airlines which fly to Puerto Rico directly from the US include the following:
The relatively unspoiled nature of Puerto Rico means that the public transport infrastructure outside the major cities of San Juan, Guaynabo, Carolina and Bayamon, is limited although this hub is served by both a bus and metro service. Beyond that, travel is best attempted by hiring a car when landing at the airport – most of the major international suppliers are based at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport – or taking one of the Tourism Taxis, which travel across defined zones in San Juan for fixed prices.
The capital city of Puerto Rico is home to more than a third of the population of the island, and is divided into three separate districts, although tourists mainly stick to two of these – the walled city of Old San Juan and the Condado beachfront, which is lined with high rise hotels and apartment blocks. The historical part of the city is where you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Fort San Cristóbal, Fortín San Juan de la Cruz and Fort San Felipe del Morro.
Fajardo is a city on the east coast of Puerto Rico and is famed as being the home of one of the islands stunning bioluminescent bays. These are bays which are home to millions of microscopic creatures which light up when they move. They are invisible during the day, but taking a kayak tour of the bay on a moonless night is one of the best and most memorable reasons to book tickets to Puerto Rico.
El Yunque is the rainforest which covers the mountainous inland of Puerto Rico and is begging to be explored. The lush landscape is packed with fascinating plants and animals, and taking the right footpath could lead to La Mina waterfalls, where you can refresh yourself with a cool dip in the water.
No visa is required to travel to Puerto Rico form the US, just a valid passport. The tap water isn’t safe to drink on the island, and as staying hydrated in the heat is important, make sure you ask for bottled water when setting out exploring.
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