Guánica Air Travel

You can fly to San Juan or Ponce, then drive to Guanica

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.

Flying to San Juan

The airport in San Juan is the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (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. Jet Blue is the leading carrier, with a headquarters on property, but you'll also find that a number of well-known carriers fly here, including Delta Airlines, American Airlines, and Air Canada.

Flying to Ponce

Mercedita Airport (PSE) opened as an international airport in 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.

Jet Blue 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 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.

This chart will tell you which airlines are flying from the United States and the places they fly from. The online booking services may not know about the best options so it can be handy to see at a glance which airlines actually provide direct service to this airport.

Mercedita Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Jet Blue
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 Guánica from the Caribbean

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
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
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, Guánica

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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