Getting flights to Puerto Rico is no more difficult
than flying anywhere in the continental U.S. In fact,
that's one of the main reasons it's one of
the most popular islands in the Caribbean - another
being that there are more cheap flights to Puerto Rico
than any other island, even Jamaica.
Flights to Puerto Rico usually go through San Juan's
international airport. It's the Caribbean hub of a number of different airline companies, such as
Continental, Delta and American Airlines. American
has the largest amount of cities offering direct flights,
such as Boston, Chicago and L.A.,
York City has a number of different airlines that
will connect you to San Juan. Since it's one
of the least expensive islands in a region that is notoriously
unfriendly to travel budgets, cheap flights to Puerto
Rico are well worth a look if you are heading to the Caribbean.
It's also one of the furthest north of the major
islands, so travel times are significantly shorter than
if you were headed to, say, Barbados or Aruba.
Speaking of which, an airline ticket to Puerto Rico
also allows you to reach a good center for island hopping
around the Caribbean. Major island airlines like
American Eagle or Cape Air will connect you to St.
Thomas, St. Croix, the Dominican Republic and nearly every other island to Puerto Rico's south
and east. If you are planning a long trip down the
lesser Antilles islands, San Juan is a great place to begin, and there are a number of different
passes you can get you discount rates an island-hopping
flights. You can also find cheap flights to other
Puerto Rican islands like Culebra and Vieques from San Juan -
they are less than half and hour long and can significantly
cut into travel times if you are not planning on a lengthy
stay in Puerto Rico.
Cheap flights to Puerto Rico are widely available both
online and with travel agents, and will rarely run you
more than $500 if you are flying from the continental
United States. If you are traveling from Europe
or anywhere else, however, an airline ticket to Puerto
Rico is probably not going to save you much more than
if you flew into another of the Caribbean islands.
For instance, several European countries have special
deals connecting them to their former colonies in the
Sea (for instance, from London to Barbados or the Netherlands to Curacao). Prices
go up slightly around Carnivale, the holiday season, and
you're likely to see a general bump up in cost near
the outset of winter (north of the equator), but it is
nothing drastic. If airline prices are a real concern,
though, make sure to head to Puerto Rico in the summer
- the island's climate is hardly different,
no matter what time of year. Whatever time you choose
to go, an airline ticket to Puerto Rico promises a relaxing
and enriching vacation that you will never forget.