Transportation Options for Caguas

Caguas land-locked location dictates transportation options

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Located south of San Juan, Caguas is set in Puerto Rico's Central Mountain Range. This is a prime location for tourists interested in more natural attractions like the Caguas Botanical Garden as well as several historic spots. Because Caguas is landlocked, transportation options are a little different than what is available to tourists in coastal towns.

Getting There

Unfortunately, there is no direct path to Caguas. Tourists will almost always have to fly or sail into San Juan as their first stop. This is true for air travel, sailing a private yacht, and arriving aboard a luxury cruise line.

Getting Around

Tourists will be relieved to discover that the typical local transportation options like rental cars, taxis, and buses have a place in Caguas, but there is a fourth option that many people may not have heard about before: the publico.

Air Travel

Tourists flying to Puerto Rico will initially land in the regional hub of Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). This modern facility serves the island as the major entry point, and millions of people land here annually. From the airport, which welcomes airlines not only from most major cities in the United States but from around the world, most tourists will rent a car and drive the 30 or so minutes to nearby Caguas. Hiring a taxi or airport transfer is also an option, which you can learn about below. For a more in depth look at air travel to Caguas, click here.


As any well-versed sailors know, when you travel internationally you will need to stop first at an official port of entry before making your way to your desired anchorage point. This is even true for United States citizens, even though Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the U.S. The nearest port of entry to Caguas is in San Juan. Customs officials request that you give them 24 hours notice before you arrive. You can do so by calling between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (they close for lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m.) at 787-729-6850 or 787-729-6802. They are closed on Sundays. When you arrive, you'll be required to purchase a 12-month cruising permit for $25 if you are from the U.S. or $37(USD) if you are visiting from another country. Once you've cleared customs, you're free to sail to your marina or anchorage point of choice.


The cruise ship terminal in San Juan is one of the busiest in the Caribbean. Not only do hundreds of cruise ships stop here each year as part of cruises that depart from elsewhere in the United States, but many ships actually originate in San Juan. If you arrive here as part of a cruise, you can easily rent a car or hire a driver to take you to Caguas to see some of the local sights.

Rental Cars all set to get on the road...


You don't have to jump through hoops to rent a car in Caguas. All you need is to be over the age of 21, have a valid driver's license, and a credit card for payment, and you'll be all set to get on the road. Most tourists find it more important to learn about driving in areas unknown to them than they are concerned about picking up the rental itself. Fortunately, driving in Caguas is very similar to driving in the United States, a fact you can learn more about by clicking here and reading our guide to Caguas Rental Cars.


Taxis are an important transportation option for tourists in Caguas. Not everyone is able to rent a car, and certainly not everyone wants to. Local drivers are able to pick up the slack and make sure each visitors has a private, quiet ride to get them from one point to the next. The cabs themselves are metered, though drivers rarely use them, so be prepared to negotiate with your driver. Find out more about taxi cabs in Caguas here.


Outside of the most populous cities like San Juan, bus services are iffy at best. There have been reports by tourists of buses in Caguas, but nothing dependable enough to make this option a recommended one.


What you do want to be on the lookout for in Caguas are the local publicos. A cross between buses and taxis, these vehicles are vans and mini buses that pick up passengers to take them to their desired destination. They will make stops along the way to pick up other strangers, so they aren't private like a typical taxi ride.

After reviewing all the options available to you, you'll be much more well-versed in all of the ways to get to and get around Caguas. With the information in mind, deciding which form of transport is best for you will be much easier when you begin planning your getaway.


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