There are two options available to those planning to spend their island getaway in beautiful Guánica. The first is to fly to the airport in San Juan, which is a regional hub and thus has more flights available and often cheaper flights – but, the drive from the airport is almost two hours. The second option is to fly to Ponce. The drive from Ponce takes just a half an hour, but the trade off is that there are far fewer international flights to choose from.
The airport in San Juan is the (SJU), and it is actually located east of the city in Isla Verde. It originally opened in 1955, and has since become one of the busiest airports not only in Puerto Rico, but in the whole of the Caribbean. This airport features a 9,783 foot long asphalt runway as well as 8,016 foot long concrete runway leading to four terminals. Inside the airport is a bustling community with shops, food courts, and business facilities. Over eight million passengers fly into this airport each year, with flights available from around the world on a daily basis. is the leading carrier, with a headquarters on property, but you'll also find that a number of well-known carriers fly here, including , , and .
Ponce 1990 despite having been built in the 30s. Although this airport is nowhere near as busy as Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, more people travel through the facility each year than the total population of the town. The airport features a spacious baggage claim area, vending areas, and a waiting area that passengers have reported as one of the most comfortable around. Additionally, the runway, which was originally built at just 850 long, is now 6,904 feet long.(PSE) opened as an international airport in
Guánica as possible, you may have to arrange for a connecting flight. Fortunately, Jet Blue has plenty of flights from around the world to help you make this happen.is currently the only international air carrier offering flights to this airport, with flights available from New York and Orlando. This means in order to get as close to
The following table informs you of which airlines have flights non-stop from the U.S. as well as which airports they fly from. Online booking engines don't consistently identify the least costly options so it's useful to see a summary of which airlines actually offer direct service to this airport.
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||Jet Blue|
|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|
|Madrid, Spain||MAD||American 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|
|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|
If you fly into San Juan, you can hire an airport transfer to take you to Guánica for anywhere from $200 to $500(USD), but the much more affordable option is to rent a car for around $45(USD) and drive yourself. It takes around two hours to get to this destination by car, driving south to Salinas, then west through Ponce and finally to Guánica.
From Ponce you can take a taxi to Guánica for somewhere between $60 and $80(USD), but once again driving yourself makes more sense financially. Most of the drive will take you west along PR-2, then you'll head south on PR-116 before reaching your destination. The whole trip will take just over 30 minutes.
It may take a little extra work to plan a flight to Guánica, but not so much that you should be deterred from planning your getaway. Take it step by step and you'll find the process will be much easier than you'd imagine and in the end, every moment spent will be worth it as you find yourself sinking in to a relaxing time in a remote locale.
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