How to Reach Culebra by Airplane

A stop in San Juan is the first leg of your journey to Culebra

Photo credit: © Alejandro Mauro
 

Flying to Culebra is a great option to rival taking a ferry or sailing your own private yacht to the island, right down to the price. Unfortunately, this airport only welcomes domestic flights, which means your first stop will have to be at a larger international airport.

First Stop, San Juan

The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) located in Isla Verde is the largest and busiest airport in Puerto Rico, as well a hub for the entire Caribbean. This means the airport is always crowded with people, but things still seem to run smoothly. The airport has four terminals connected to two runways, a food court, several shops, several conference rooms, and more. The great thing about this airport is the frequent number of direct flights available from around the world. As you see by reviewing the charts below, it is easy to fly with such major airlines as Jet Blue (which has headquarters at the airport), Delta Airlines, and Air Canada.

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

Flying to Culebra from the Caribbean

Check the following table for airline service from airports in the region. Even if you can't take a flight from an airport near you, making a connection through another airport in the Caribbean may be a viable solution.

Benjamin Rivera Noriega Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico SJU Air Flamenco
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico SIG Vieques Air Link
Puerto Rico RVR Air Flamenco, Vieques Air Link
Vieques, Puerto Rico VQS Vieques Air Link
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

Next Stop, Culebra

The airport for Culebra is the Benjamin Rivera Noriega. Set on 15 acres of land, it has one runway that is 2,600 feet long, and sees just under 100 flights land each day. The airport is serviced by Vieques Air Link and Air Flamenco from San Juan and Fajardo as well as Cape Air which offers flights from San Juan and Vieques. Flights from San Juan cost about $95(USD) per person, while those from flights from the much closer town of Fajardo are just $50(USD).

In addition to flying to Culebra, you can also take a ferry from Fajardo for just $2.25(USD) per person. The ferry leaves at 9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m., and takes about 90 minutes.

Whether you fly or take the ferry as the final leg of your journey to Culebra, your first stop will be at one of the largest airports not only on the island but in the region. Although its busy nature can turn people off to the idea of flying there, the large number of available flights drives prices down and overall makes it easy to plan a trip to this destination.

If you are considering an air charter, you can call one of the following regional companies:

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Air America Pick-up Service at STT (787) 276-5669 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
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
Caribbean Buzz Helicopters (340) 775-7335 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
Fly BVI Office at SJU (284) 495-1747 Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport - Isla Verde Puerto Rico
Fly BVI Pickup Service from STT (284) 495-1747 Cyril E King Airport - 2.9 mi. (4.7 km) West of Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas
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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