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.
The airport in question is the(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.
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 , 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.
If you'll be flying from the United States the following table may come in handy. Online booking engines don't necessarily identify the most logical options so it can be handy to see a summary of which airlines actually provide direct service to this location.
|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're flying from Europe this chart will be helpful.
|Madrid, Spain||MAD||American Airlines|
Check the following table for airline service from other airports in the Caribbean. Even if you can't get a flight directly from your favorite airport, connecting through a regional airport might be a good solution.
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||LIAT|
|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|
|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|
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,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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