How to Reach Dorado by Airplane

Flying to Dorado is made easy thanks to a regional hub being just a half an hour away

Just a toll road and a few side streets away from Dorado is the largest and busiest airport in Puerto Rico. Those planning a flight to their tropical getaway, which most people do, will find this airport to be the most convenient for them, as well as the easiest to find flights to.

About the Airport

The airport in question is the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). It opened in 1955 when jumbo jets were becoming more prevalent and it became obvious that the next nearest airport on Isla Verde was no longer capable of managing such large planes. Originally, the airport was built with one asphalt runway measuring just 9,783 feet long, a navigation tower, three terminals, and a parking lot with only 200 spots. Over the years, the airport has grown significantly, and now has a second 8,016 foot long concrete runway, an additional terminal, a food court, several shops, conference rooms, and a variety of modern features. More than eight million passengers pass through here each year, whether arriving for a vacation, or just stopping for a layover as they continue on to another destination – usually in the Caribbean.

Traveling to San Juan

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is an important hub for air travel in the region, and is even home to the headquarters of several airlines including Jet Blue, which continues to grow each year. On a daily basis, Jet Blue offers at least 50 flights in and out of Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport from locations such as New York, Chicago, and Orlando. Multiple other major airlines do the same, which not only makes it easy to find a flight that fits into your schedule, but also helps to bring down prices.

This table indicates which airlines have flights non-stop from the U.S. and the airports they fly from. Booking services don't always identify the least costly options so it can be useful to know which airlines actually provide direct service to this airport.

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

If you'll be flying from across the Atlantic the following chart is relevant.

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

Flying to Dorado from the Caribbean

Check below for a listing of scheduled air service from other airports in the Caribbean. Even if you can't get a flight from an airport near your home, a connecting flight from a regional airport may be your best option.

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Anguilla AXA American Airlines, Cape Air, United 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
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
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
the Dominican Republic SDQ Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines

Next Stop, Dorado

Dorado is close enough to Isla Verde that you can take a cab directly from the airport for about $60(USD), but many people choose to rent a car for about $40(USD) to have on hand to explore the area. You can pick up your rental right from the airport from one of several international rental car agencies set up across from baggage claim. After leaving the airport, you'll take PR-22 , which is a toll road, then take the second exit in the roundabout onto PR-693. You'll continue on until you reach PR-6693, where you'll take a slight left, then turn right onto PR-699. Not long after that you'll reach Calle Elsa Valle de Alegria, where you'll take a slight left, then continue straight until a left on Dall Ricardo Arroya Laracuente, where you will find yourself finally in the town of Dorado.

Air travel is important for an island such as Puerto Rico. There are several airports available, and even more than one that welcomes international air traffic; however, Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport will allow you to find many more flights at much more reasonable prices. Luckily, Dorado's location makes it easy to book a flight to this airport, and soon you'll find yourself exploring the sites and relaxing on the beach without a care in the world.


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