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Flying into Beautiful San Juan

Did you forget to renew your passport this year? Or are you dreaming of tropical beaches but aren’t sure if they will fit in your budget? Fortunately, the United States has a wonderful island paradise that requires no extra paperwork and only a quick flight from major city hubs. Puerto Rico is home to a national rainforest, miles of sandy beaches, and plenty of adventure activities. In the heart of it all, the capital city of San Juan provides a rich Latin history that comes alive through culinary and architectural achievements. Let’s jump feet-first into Puerto Rico.
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4.3
$105 avg/night
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3.9
$127 avg/night
Olive Boutique Hotel
4.5
$107 avg/night
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How Do I Fly to San Juan?

Know the airport’s full name, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, then choose a city near you that offers a variety of flights. Or, research some of your favorite carriers, as many of the popular ones have direct routes to Puerto Rico. For instance, JetBlue flies to San Juan frequently from places such as Boston, New York, Houston, and Los Angeles. Due to its location north of most Caribbean islands, the flights are manageable; you will be sitting on the beach, cocktail in-hand, in no time.

As the capital city, San Juan hosts the biggest airport on the island and the only one that welcomes international flights. This simplifies traveling to the island and not confusing airports.

What Transportation Do I Need to and From the Airport?

Puerto Rico is about 110 miles long and 40 miles wide. Any ride from the airport in San Juan will be a breeze, as most things to see and do are in the northeast, just like the capital. Many of the hotels in San Juan and along the northern coast will have well-marked shuttles running from the airport, if you let them know your arrival time. Cabs also line up outside baggage claim and can take you anywhere for a fee.

Rent a car across the street from baggage claim without taking a shuttle. Several major companies offer vehicles through reservations and same-day pickup. Whether you take a taxi or rent your own car, be aware of rush-hour traffic and delays. The distance to San Juan is short, but the roads can be blocked for a variety of reasons.

What Hotels are Nearby?

The San Juan Airport is in a perfection spot near beach resorts, historic district boutiques, and everything in between. If time is of the essence, grab a room right near the airport, such as at the Ritz Carlton or El San Juan Hilton Resort and Casino. If being in the center of the action is key, try for the Condado Plaza Hilton or La Concha, a Renaissance resort.

I Have 24 Hours: What Should I Do?

Hopefully your time on the island is long and relaxing, but there are several must-see attractions every visitor should experience, even if the trip is quick. Make a beeline for the Castillo San Cristóbal, as it’s easily the most iconic landmark in old San Juan. Bring some snacks, and stake out a spot on the fort's expansive lawn to enjoy sweeping ocean views.

All that traveling will work up an appetite. Luckily, San Juan is full of fantastic Puerto Rican restaurants to sample the local grub. Order a heaping plate of "mofongo" at any of the downtown cafes. This dish consists of fried and mashed plantains that are often shaped as a vessel for saucy meats.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

San Juan definitely deserves a few days of exploration, especially with its locale just outside the airport. But don’t miss the chance to spend time on other parts of the island. For instance, the El Yunque National Rainforest is one-of-a-kind, offering incredible scenery of lush plants and flowers. Hiking trails follow routes that lead to waterfalls and other natural wonders.

If nature is an interest, the Bioluminescent Bay in Fajardo, northeast of San Juan, is an incredible thing to see in person. Microorganisms cause the water to glow bright blue when disturbed by a hand or kayak paddle. Adventure-seekers should go after dark to see the full effect.

Renting a car is the best way to reach either of these destinations, but there are plenty of local tours that leave San Juan that take groups.

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