Yabucoa Transportation Options

Begin planning your transportation for Yabucoa as early as possible

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A prominent agricultural area of Puerto Rico, Yabucoa is often visited by tourists interested in relaxing on the area beaches as well as seeing sites that celebrate nature and the island's ancient history such as the Hacienda Santa Lucía Ruins and La Casa de la Cultura. Because this town is not exactly a Mecca for tourism, transportation that caters to visitors is not as prominent here as elsewhere on the island so it is important to begin planning this aspect of your trip as early as possible.

Getting There

Although it is not difficult to get to Yabucoa at all, there is no direct access to the town from outside of Puerto Rico. This means your first stop will be in Puerto Rico or another port of entry whether you fly, sail, or cruise.

Getting Around

Renting a car is the recommended form of transportation to get you around Yabucoa, but those who can't or prefer not to do so will be able to make use of taxis and publicos.

Air Travel

The major international airport on Puerto Rico is the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in Isla Verde, which is just outside of San Juan. The airport serves as a major hub for international air travel on this island, as well as many others in the Caribbean, making it easy to find flights to this airport from all around the United States as well as from Canada, Europe, and South America.

Unfortunately, the airport is located about an hour north of Yabucoa. This means after arriving in Puerto Rico you'll have to find transportation to the town. Find out more about this when you click here.


It may seem strange to consider sailing to Yabucoa since there is no waterway into the town, but, it is entirely possible to sail to one of four ports of entry in Puerto Rico, then find transportation inland.  You will need to be aware of the official process, so if this sounds like an ideal way to travel for you, click here.  


Puerto Rico's only cruise port is located about an hour away from Yabucoa in Old San Juan. This means that cruisers can pretty easily arrange for local transportation and spend their day ashore exploring the ruins, beaches, and cultural center. As you begin researching cruises that stop in Puerto Rico, you'll quickly realize that the options are plentiful. This is because San Juan is a hub for cruise ships in the Caribbean and many cruises even begin their journey on the island. Those that don't will typically sail from the east coast of the United States, especially from south Florida.

Rental Cars

Yabucoa is a city of decent size and plenty to see, so many tourists choose to rent a car as their main source of transportation. Those who don't rent for their entire stay will still usually try and get a vehicle for at least one day of exploration. You need to be over 21 to rent here, and the cost is typically between $40 and $70(USD) a day, not including taxes, fees, and insurance. Once you're behind the wheel, you'll generally find that driving in the town is much like driving in a mid-sized city in the U.S. By clicking here, you'll be able to learn everything you need to know about renting a car and driving in Yabucoa.


Taxis are not available in abundance in Yabucoa, so when you're in need of a ride you'll find the best option is to call and have someone pick you up.  You'll find a complete listing of local companies with their contact information when you click here.


Publicos are a form of public transportation in Puerto Rico that falls in line with buses and taxis. They typically take the form of a minibus or a large van with yellow license plates that display the letters "P" or "PD" at the start of the tag. Publicos follow a set route throughout town, though they aren't on a schedule and don't make specific spots. You simply wait until you see one driving by and flag them down, then hop in, and let the driver know when you want to get off. Publicos are not private, and the driver will continue to pick up passengers until each seat is full, but this helps to drive costs down to about $1.50(USD) per person per trip.

A vacation spent in Yabucoa is a great way to visit one of Puerto Rico's less urban towns – but this comes at the cost of fewer transportation options. This is no reason to be deterred from visiting, but it is recommended that you begin planning how you'll get there and how you'll get around with that thought in mind.


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