Flying to Arecibo

Your first stop along the way to Arecibo will be in San Juan

If you're flying to your Puerto Rico getaway in Arecibo, you'll have to make at least one stop along the way. Because the local airport is not international, your original flight from your home country will take you through San Juan, and from there you can transfer to your final destination.

Flying to San Juan

When flying to Puerto Rico, most people will find their first stop to be at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in Isla Verde. This is true of tourists who are heading to Arecibo. The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport opened in 1995 with just one runway, a navigation tower, three terminals, and a parking lot. Today it has grown substantially, adding a concrete runway measuring 8,016 feet long to the existing 9,783 foot long asphalt runway, a shopping center and food court, and even a collection of conference rooms. More than eight million people pass through this airport each year, making it a major hub for air travel on Puerto Rico as well as the whole of the Caribbean.

Traveling to Arecibo

After arriving in Isla Verde, tourists have the option of driving the 50 miles to Arecibo, or hopping on a quick flight to the Nery Juarbe Pol Airport (ARE). The airport is located just five miles southeast of the city's business district, and was originally used for military purposes. Today, it averages a small eight arrivals and departures a day on a 3,975 foot long asphalt runway. Unfortunately, most of those will be trade or charter flights.

This table will tell you which airlines schedule flights from the states and the places they fly from. Booking services don't always list the best options so it can be handy to see a summary of which airlines actually provide direct service to this location.

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Baltimore, MD, USA BWI AirTran
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL AirTran, Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines
Jacksonville, FL, USA JAX Jet Blue
Miami, FL, USA MIA Air Berlin, American Airlines, British Airways, WestJet
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Jet Blue
Tampa, FL, USA TPA Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines
West Palm Beach, FL, USA PBI Jet Blue
Windsor Locks, CT, USA BDL Jet Blue
Rafael Hernandez Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Spirit Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Jet Blue

If you'll be flying from Europe this chart will be helpful.

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Madrid, Spain MAD American Airlines

Flying to Arecibo from the Caribbean

Check the following table for scheduled air service from other airports in the Caribbean. If there are no flights directly from your favorite airport, a connecting flight from another Caribbean airport might be a great option.

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU LIAT, Seaborne Airlines
Basseterre, St. Kitts SKB Seaborne Airlines
Culebra, Isla de Culebra CPX Air Flamenco
Dominica DOM Air Sunshine, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines
Dominican Republic SDQ Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines
La Romana, Hispaniola LRM Seaborne Airlines
Martinique FDF Seaborne Airlines
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico MAZ American Airlines, Cape Air, United Airlines
Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis NEV Air Sunshine, American Airlines, Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines, United Airlines
Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre PTP Seaborne Airlines
Puerto Rico RVR Air Flamenco
Punta Cana, Hispaniola PUJ Seaborne Airlines
Santiago De Los Caballeros, The Dominican Republic STI Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines
Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SXM Air Sunshine, Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines
Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda VIJ Air Sunshine, American Airlines, Seaborne Airlines
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands STX Jet Blue, United Airlines
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands STT Air Sunshine, Cape Air, Jet Blue, United Airlines
St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines SVD LIAT
The Valley, Anguilla AXA American Airlines, Cape Air, United Airlines
Vieques, Puerto Rico VQS Air Flamenco, Air Sunshine, American Airlines, Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines, United Airlines, Vieques Air Link
the BVI, British Virgin Islands EIS American Airlines, Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines, United Airlines, VI Airlink

Although you'll have to make a stop along the way, getting to Arecibo is not a difficult task to accomplish. Take this into consideration as you begin to decide which travel options work best for your dream getaway.

If you are considering chartering air travel, you can call one of these regional agencies:

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Air America Main Office (787) 276-5669 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde Puerto Rico
Air Sunshine at SJU (888) 879-8900 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde Puerto Rico
Capitol Air (340) 777-9177 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Charter Flights Caribbean (787) 791-1240 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde Puerto Rico
Fly BVI Office at SJU (284) 495-1747 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde Puerto Rico
Seaplanes in Paradise (888) 842-2055 Pier 6, Old San Juan - Viejo San Juan Puerto Rico
Shoreline Aviation at STT (340) 642-3000 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
 

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