Utuado Air Travel

Flying to Utuado is a breeze

Despite the fact that the Caribbean is a huge tourist destination, some islands in the region can take a lot of work to get to. The lack of large airports sometimes means several connections and plane changes. This isn't the case when you travel to Puerto Rico, which is home to one of the biggest and busiest airports in the region. Although this airport is not located directly in Utuado, it can get you close enough for a short drive.

Flying to Puerto Rico

Located in Isla Verde, which is just minutes from San Juan is the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). It serves as an important hub of air travel in the Caribbean, and although there are at least a half a dozen other airports on the island, almost every person who flies to Puerto Rico will land first at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. In fact, over eight million people arrive or depart from this airport each year.

The airport has come a long way from the one runway three terminal facility it was when it originally opened in 1955. Today, there are conference rooms, shops, and restaurants for guests to utilize as they wait for flights, which will arrive at one of four terminals on two runways which are each longer than 8,000 feet. With all of this, there are still plans in the works for continued expansion.

Finding a flight to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport from the United States is fairly easy. Many major airlines have flights from most of the large cities in the country. Flights are also available from Canada, Europe, and South American several times a day.

If you live in the states the following chart may be helpful. Not all of the flight combinations you will see listed on the internet make a lot of sense so it's useful to see a summary of which airlines actually fly direct to this location.

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
Rafael Hernandez Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Spirit Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO Jet Blue

If you will be flying from Europe this list will be helpful.

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Madrid, Spain MAD American Airlines

Flying to Utuado from the Caribbean

See the table below for a listing of scheduled air service from airports in the Caribbean region. If you can't take a flight from an airport near your home, connecting through another airport in the Caribbean might be a very viable option.

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

From San Juan, there are two options for traveling to Utuado. You can fly to the next nearest airport, which is the Nery Juarbe Pol Airport (ARE) in Arecibo, or you can rent a car and drive. Most tourists choose to drive. A rental car, which can be picked up right at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, costs about $40 to $70(USD) a day, and the drive southwest takes about 90 minutes, allowing visitors to see a bit of the Puerto Rican landscape as they go. Flying, meanwhile, will cost about $100(USD) per person, and won't get you directly to Utuado; you'll still have a half an hour of driving to do after you land.

If you do decide to fly, you'll do so with a flight aboard local carrier Cape Air. When you arrive at Nery Juarbe Pol Airport, you'll find a small facility that averages around 150 arrivals and departures each month on the 3,975 foot long asphalt runway. This airport is most popular for skydiving and flight instruction.

Planning a getaway in Utuado is made easier by the fact that flights to Puerto Rico are plentiful. You may have to take a few extra steps to make it to your final destination, but overall, the process is an easy one.

 

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