Getting Around in Puerto Rico

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Renting a car is the best way to see the island. International car rental agencies are well represented on the island and there are plenty of local operators. Your home driving license is valid. Note that local driving habits are erratic (to be kind) though relatively free of aggro (to be fair). Also watch out for the speed limit signs which are in miles per hour even though distances are in kilometers. Drive on the right-hand side of the road.

If driving doesn't appeal you can stock up on patience and take public transport. Minivans known as públicos link all decent-sized towns on the island. They have no set schedule and usually operate on short hops so be prepared for several changes if you're traveling a long distance and it's not between two major cities. Públicos are cheap sociable and recognizable by the 'P' or 'PD' on their license plate. You can flag one down anywhere. Metered taxis are plentiful in San Juan and other major tourist centers.

San Juan's Luis Muñnz Marín International Airport is on the eastern fringe of the city. There are car rental agencies at the airport and plenty of taxis and buses for the short jaunt into San Juan. There's a baggage check in Terminal C which is handy if you're island hopping and want to travel light.

Cheap government-operated ferries do the run from Fajardo to the islands of Culebra and Vieques. At least four ferries a day ply either route and the journey to either island is around one hour. It's possible to take a car including rental cars on the ferry to Culebra but it's necessary to book well in advance.

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