Airports / Gateways / Flying times
Airports: US: Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, San Juan (SJU). Rafael Hernandez, Aguadilla (BQN). Mercedita, Ponce (PSE). Others: Antonio Neri Juarbe, Arecibo (ARE). Antonio Rivera Rodriquez, Vieques (VQS). Benjamín Rivera Noriega, Culebra (CPX). Diego Jimenez Torres, Fajardo (FAJ). Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Mayagüez (MAZ). Isla Grande Airport, San Juan (SIG).
Ferry Services: Public ferry: San Juan – Cataño; Fajardo – Culebra; Fajardo – Vieques. Hi-Speed Island Ferry: San Juan – Culebra – Vieques (In High Season). Ferries Del Caribe: Mayagüez – Santo Domingo.
Gateways/Flying Times: Norwegian Airlines will fly non-stop *direct* from London Gatwick to San Juan twice weekly from 4th November 2015 (on Wednesday and Saturdays). Norwegian Airlines offers value for money, which is noted in their pricing strategy – starting prices for airline seats from London Gatwick to San Juan start from just £269 one-way.
Flights are also available with Air Europa via Madrid (on Sundays and Thursdays), and there are daily direct flights via the U.S., including:
- American Airlines flies via Miami, New York or Chicago
- Continental and Delta Airlines fly via Newark and Atlanta
- US Airways flies via Philadelphia
Miami: 2.5 hours. New York: 3.5 hours. Chicago: 4.5 hours. Newark: 3 hours. Atlanta: 3.5 hours. Philadelphia: 3 hours.
The average temperature in the winter is 73 F (22.7 degrees Celsius) and 85 F (29.4 Celsius) in the summer with year-round pleasant sea breezes. In the mountains, it is about 10 degrees cooler in both summer and winter. Average humidity is 55% during the day and 80% at night. Average rainfall is 52 inches and the rainy season is at its peak in August.
Restaurants available – Spanish. American. Nuevo Criollo/Creative Latin Food. Continental. South American. Italian Oriental. Puerto Rican dishes. French. Japanese. Chinese. German. International. Delicatessen. Greek. Health and Light. Mexican and Sea Food. Recommended tipping is 15%. Informal evening wear is often required at particular establishments; this usually means jackets for men and equivalent for women.
Spanish and English are the official languages
Entertainment available includes –Nightclubs. Discos. Cabarets. Dinner/Dance. Cinemas. Theatres. Live Music. Folkloric Shows. A variety of bars in Old San Juan.
Historic Old San Juan including El Morro Fortress; Casa Blanca, the ancestral home of the Ponce de Leon family; La Fortaleza, the oldest executive mansion in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere; Plaza San Jose; Pablo Casals Museum; Quincentennial Plaza; San Juan Cathedral; Plaza de Armas; Paseo de la Princesa. In Ponce, Puerto Rico’s second city, Plaza Las Delicias, Parque de Bombas Firehouse, Casa Armstrong-Proventud, the Ponce Museum of Art, the Museum of Music, Serralles Castle (rum museum) and El Vigia. Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. Arecibo Observatory. Phosphorescent Bay in Parguera and the Guanica and Guajataca Forest Reserves. El Yunque Rain Forest. Rum distilleries. Rio Camuy Cave Park. Hacienda Buena Vista (restored coffee plantation) near Ponce. Tibes and Caguana Indian sites in Ponce and Utuado.
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