Because La Parguera lacks an airport of its own, tourists will need to make arrangements to fly to the international airport in San Juan, and then transfer by vehicle to town. This may require a longer travel time over all, but in the end it will be worth it to see the countryside as you drive to your final destination.
A major hub for international travel on Puerto Rico, the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) opened on May 22, 1955 when the nearby airport in Isla Verde could no longer handle modern air crafts. It opened with one runway measuring 9,783 feet long and made of asphalt, plus three terminals and an air traffic control tower. As years passed, it saw more and more use, and growth was necessary. Today, serving over 8 million passengers a year, the airport has an additional concrete runway that is 8,016 feet long, another terminal, conference rooms, and a collection of shops and quick service restaurants.
JetBlue Airways, which has a headquarters location at Marin International, offers over 50 flights in and out of this airport on a daily basis. This means there are dozens of other flights with different airlines arriving and departing at any given moment, which is great news for tourists. Because of the large amount of traffic this airport can handle, there are multiple flights to the island from numerous locations throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe. The chart below gives a comprehensive overview of air traffic at Marin International, making it easy for you to plan your travels.
Although the most common option for tourists is to fly to Marin International, there are a few other options to consider. For example, the Mercedita Airport in Ponce is just 45 minutes away from La Parguera and offers limited international fights from New York City and Orlando with Jet Blue.
Regular flights to the Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) Airport with Spirit, JetBlue, and United from Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Newark, and New York City. Hernández Airport is located in Aguadilla, just over an hour north La Parguera.
The following chart indicates which airlines offer scheduled flights from the U.S. and the places from which they are flying. Not all of the options you will see on line are logical options so it helps to see a summary of which airlines actually provide 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|
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Spirit Airlines|
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||Jet Blue|
When you're traveling from Canada, your options are limited. Only Air Canada flies regularly to Marin International out of Toronto. The option also exists to make a connection with a hub in the United States or elsewhere in the Caribbean, but the overwhelmingly popular choice is to fly San Juan.
Puerto Rico's smaller airports rarely welcome fights from Europe. If you're traveling from destinations like Frankfurt, London, and Madrid, you'll land at Marin International and make plans to get to La Parguera from there.
|Madrid, Spain||MAD||American Airlines|
Flights from within the Caribbean, traveling from such destinations as St. Maarten and Antigua also land at Marin International. Those who don't want to make the two hour journey to La Parguera have one final option that may work for them, which is a quick flight to Eugenio María de Hostos Airport (MAZ) in Mayaguez. Travel time between these two destinations by car is about 45 minutes, which cuts your driving time down by more than half.
|Isla Verde, Puerto Rico||SJU||American Airlines, Cape Air, United 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|
|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|
Your final form of transport on your way to La Parguera will be to drive. It takes about two hours to get there from San Juan, and the cost of renting a car is between $40 and $70(USD) a day. To get to La Parguera take PR 26 to PR 22, then exit to PR 1, continue to PR 2 West, exit onto PR 117, take a right onto PR 321, then a left onto PR 101. From there, follow more specific directions or signs to your accommodations.
If you fly into Mercedita, you'll head west on PR-1, exit to PR-52, continue onto PR-2, exit to PR-116, then turn left onto PR-304, where you will find yourself in La Parguera.
From the Hernandez Airport, you'll spend just over an hour driving. The path takes you west on PR-2, where you'll take a right onto PR-319, left on PR-114, continue on to PR-102, continue onto PR-318, turn right onto PR-101, left onto PR-116, and finally right onto PR-304. The path to La Parguera from Hostos Airport is basically the same, except that you start at PR 342, turn left onto PR-2 heading south, and then right onto PR-319. From then on you follow the same directions.
One major international flight and a two hour drive is all it takes to get to La Parguera, a fact that is helpful to know as you begin booking your travel arrangements to Puerto Rico.
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