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Traveling to Puerto Rico

Whether you’re arriving by air or by sea, the only thing easier than getting there is being there.

You’ll find convenient travel options to Puerto Rico, including a variety of daily air service from cities throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Domestic vs. International

Puerto Rico is a United States territory. If you’re visiting from any part of the U.S., you don’t have to exchange your currency, update your cell phone plan for international service, or go through customs or immigration. An unforgettable Caribbean getaway is within easy reach — no passport required.

Travelers coming from outside of the country must follow the same guidelines as in any other U.S. airport. Once the customs officer stamps your passport, get ready for a trip filled with vibrant culture, inspiring scenery, and warm tropical breezes.

Airports

Puerto Rico is home to three international airports. In the east region, San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín Airport (SJU) is a major transportation hub. More than 20 airlines fly there, from large-scale operators like Jet Blue, United, American, and Southwest to regional carriers like Intercaribbean and Air Sunshine. You’ll find hundreds of flight options in a given week that connect the island to destinations around the world.

While not quite as bustling as SJU, two additional airports, Rafael Hernandez (BQN) in Aguadilla and Mercedita (PSE) in Ponce, also welcome international travelers. Try booking a flight on Spirit, Jet Blue, Air Canada, or Emirates to reach these inviting destinations.

You can travel to San Juan from Miami in less than two and a half hours, from Boston in four hours, and from Chicago in under five. If you’re flying from the West Coast of the United States, you’ll probably have a layover on your way here.

A cruise ship sails by off the coast of San Juan.

A cruise ship sails by off the coast of San Juan.

Cruises

Puerto Rico is a popular stop for voyagers looking to explore the best of the region on a cruise. Lines like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, and Holland America typically include at least one stop on the island in their southern Caribbean itineraries.

The island has two main passenger ports. In San Juan, cruise-goers can walk right from the ship into the heart of the pastel-hued old city via the city’s main cruise terminal. In the south, Ponce has less frequent service but is equally enticing due to its wealth of distinctive history, scenery, and culture.

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