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Puerto Rico is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean. While its size enables the island to host the stunning natural diversity for which it is known, it also presents a challenge to vacationers interested in seeing everything. Fortunately, transportation options here are among the best in the area, and there is no shortage of enjoyable ways to traverse the region.
...enjoy the natural scenery while getting from place to place.
The mainland of Puerto Rico consists of an island 35 miles wide by 105 miles long (60 km by 170 km). Sandy beaches and mountain ranges share this space, and visitors hoping to see both can choose between the independence of a rental car or the economy of the islands' unique "publicos."'
Rental cars are widely available in larger cities, and drivers will find roadways fast-moving and well-maintained. Because Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, driving laws and conditions are similar to those U.S. tourists are used to back home, including driving on the right side of the road and the enforcement of traffic laws. Rental cars are easy to come by for vacationers who have a valid driver's license, and cost about $280(USD) for a weekly rental.
"Publicos," which are a bus/taxi hybrid, have low fares and somewhat flexible routes. Travelers will often find themselves sharing a publico with many locals, making it an ideal form of transportation for those interested in meeting new people. Some places, like Isla Verde, have a free trolley that takes visitors around the city, but if you'll be hopping aboard a regular bus, be on the lookout for signs marked "parada," which will lead you to a bus stop. Traditional taxis represent another great option for seeing the region. Two types of taxis allow visitors to choose between a flat-rate ride to predetermined tourist areas or a metered fare available anywhere on the island.
Transportation shouldn't be limited to land, however. Ferries connect the central island of Puerto Rico to its smaller surrounding islands as well as providing a pleasant way for travelers to see Cataño from Old San Juan. Most vacationers find these quick, inexpensive rides a fantastic way to enjoy the natural scenery while getting from place to place.
Another good way to take in the amazing island surroundings is by renting a bicycle or moped to do a little two-wheeled exploring. Guided tours can be arranged for travelers who like some structure or are simply wary of striking out on their own. Daily and weekly rates allow visitors to tailor a rental plan for their own convenience and expense. While bikes and mopeds can be a fun way to explore the island, erratic driving by locals should discourage you from using these motorbikes as your main form of transportation. Instead, plan a day or two on a bike to explore some of the more rural areas.
Although most vacationers fly into Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín, this is not the only airport on the island. In fact, there are 19 municipal airports that are available for use for smaller planes used by locals and tourists who want quick travel time between large cities. You can fly from San Juan to Ponce, Culebra, and Fajardo, just to name a few, rather than make the journey in a rental car and shave hours off your trip, allowing you to focus more time on seeing the sites. Read more about getting around by planes by clicking here.
Any of these transportation methods for seeing the island have their own advantages, but all will no doubt be rewarding. When traveling within Puerto Rico, getting there is half the fun.
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