Arecibo Transportation Options

Thanks to its large size, you'll need to take some time to plan how you'll get around Arecibo

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The largest city in Puerto Rico based upon geographic size, Arecibo is often visited by tourists who are looking forward to visiting the island's natural attractions like Cueva del Indio to see cave drawings that have been present here since Prehistoric times. Luckily, there are plenty of modern ways to get to these types of attractions, all of which you can learn about by reading on.

Getting There

While more people will arrive in Arecibo by plane, sailing your own watercraft or relaxing aboard a luxury cruise liner are two other very real possibilities.

Getting Around

Rental cars and taxis will be your most reliable form of transportation in Arecibo, though the unique publico system serves as another option. Buses are available on the island, but they rarely make an appearance in town.

Air Travel

There is indeed an airport in Arecibo; however, although it is active, it is not an international airport. This means that tourists will first have to fly to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in Isla Verde before transferring to a domestic flight to the more local Antonio Nery Juarbe Pol Airport (ARE). Another option is to rent a car and drive the 50 miles west from San Juan to Arecibo. You can learn more about renting a car below and click here for more information about flying, including a list of airlines that actively fly to Puerto Rico.


Arecibo is located west of the nearest port of entry in San Juan.  Once sailors have had the chance to clear in, they'll find the sail over to town to be uneventful thanks to the fairly calm waters, but beautiful thanks to the picturesque coast.  Find out about clearing in and where you can dock by clicking here


Puerto Rico is without a doubt home to one of the most popular cruise ports in the Caribbean. You can travel to the island from several ports in the United States, though Florida offers the most departures, and stop in Puerto Rico for a day or two as you explore the rest of the Caribbean. San Juan is where the port is located, and at just about an hour away by car, visiting Arecibo for a day while you're in port is absolutely a possibility.

Rental Cars ready to hit the road...


The cost of renting a car in Arecibo is about $40 to $60(USD) a day, but tourists should keep in mind that when they see rental prices quoted on-line they do not include taxes, fees, or insurance. It is wise to mentally add about $20 to $25(USD) a day to every price you see, and if you are between the ages of 21 and 24 an additional $10 to $25(USD) a day. The requirements to rent a car here are simple: you'll need a valid driver's license and a credit card. That's it. Present these items and you'll be ready to hit the road. Click here to learn everything you need to know about driving in Arecibo, plus read more information about renting a car.

Rental Cars

Sometimes, the best choice is to simply let a local professional drive you around. The taxi services offered around Arecibo will help you swiftly move through the area without getting lost. This is especially helpful if you want to check out some of the area's attractions that can be hard to get to on your own. To find out more about the companies you'll be using, click here.


Although it may be in the works for the near future, there is no reliable inter-island bus service in Puerto Rico. Most major cities do have a bus system of its own, and places like San Juan actually have a very reliable operation in place. Arecibo, however, falls short of this service. Check with the Bus Authority before your trip to confirm that this is still the case. You can reach them at 787-767-7979.


Publicos are another option available to tourists in Puerto Rico. Calling them a cross between a taxi and a bus is a fairly good assessment. Publicos are minivans that pick up passengers and instead of taking them to their destination in private, will continue to stop and pick up other passengers along the way. Rates vary by location, but will be less expensive than taxis and more expensive than buses.

Making arrangements to get to and around Arecibo is not difficult, but the number of options to weed through can be overwhelming for some. Take your time, figure out what is important to you and coming to a decision should be easy in the end.


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