One of the first things you'll do when you begin planning your trip to Humacao is to think about transportation. First, how will you get there? Do you fancy an adventure on the high seas, or will you fly? Next, you'll have to determine how you'll get around town. Rental cars are a popular choice, but there are more options waiting for you to discover.
Flying is the most popular way for tourists to get to Humacao, but it isn't the only option. Sailing a private yacht or visiting as part of a Caribbean cruise are also possibilities.
Because there are so many to see in Humacao and the surrounding area, renting a car is recommended; however, many tourists manage to get by sticking with taxis and publicos as their main sources of transportation.
Located just one mile outside of the business district of Humacao is the . This is a domestic public use airport, which means you cannot fly internationally and land here. Instead, tourists will fly to the in Isla Verde, then take a smaller flight (usually with ) into town. Recently, a new airport was built nearby with the intent of close down this airport; however it is currently still welcoming flights on a regular basis. Click here to learn more about flying to Humacao and the status of this airport.
Humacao is home to a popular yacht club, which draws sailors from around the world to the Palmas del Mar area on a regular basis. Humacao is not, however, an official port of entry, which means you'll first have to sail into Fajardo before you can experience the luxury amenities that the club is known for. Get more information by clicking here.
The San Juan Cruise Port is one of the busiest in the Caribbean, and even hosts a number of cruises each year that begin and end there. Most people who visit by cruise ship will sail from Florida and stop in San Juan for a day or two, disembarking from the ship to explore their desired portions of the island. At less than an hour away by vehicle, and just a quick plane ride away, many choose to visit Humacao during their island excursion.
Renting a car in Humacao is a simple process, and there aren't too many requirements and restrictions that would prevent your average traveler from getting behind the wheel. You have to be over the age of 21, have a valid driver's license, and a credit card for payment. With these three things in order, you'll have no problem making arrangements. You will want to make sure you've taken the time to learn about driving in Puerto Rico, but for driver's from the United States this shouldn't be an issue either since it is so similar to driving in the U.S. Click here for more information on both renting a car and driving in Humacao.
If you prefer to let a local do the driving, taxis are a great option. They are not as plentiful in Humacao as other bigger cities on the island, but they are available at shopping centers, restaurants, and some tourist attractions. You can wave a driver down, or call ahead and have them pick you up. The cost will depend on your driver. Some like to settle on a fare that both the passenger and the drivers feel comfortable with, while others will keep the meter running. In that case it is $1 to start and $.10(USD) for each one-tenth mile. Things are a little different in San Juan, where rates are set, so if you plan to take a taxi from the international airport there to Humacao, you'll pay $77(USD).
One form of public transportation that tourists will come to be familiar with is the publico. Publicos are vans and minibuses recognized by the letter "P" on yellow license plates that can be described as something that falls between a taxi and a bus. Publicos cost about $1.50(USD) per person, and can be found driving on set routes throughout towns in Puerto Rico, including Humacao. There are no specific stops, which is why many will compare them to taxis. The vehicle will just pick up passengers whenever someone flags them down and drop them off where needed. How they differ from taxis is that these vehicles are not private, so you will very likely be sharing your ride with a stranger.
With information about each of Humacao's transportation options in mind, you'll find it much easier to make decisions as you begin planning your dream getaway.
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