Traveling to Puerto Rico is as easy as traveling between any two cities in the United States. Passports or visas are not necessary for United States citizens, allowing US citizens to travel freely in and out of the island without going through immigration or customs. US citizens only need to have some form of official government issued picture identification to enter Puerto Rico, such as a current driver’s license or a photo-identification card issued to non-drivers by a state’s motor vehicles department.
The following information is provided to assist in making travel plans for students enrolling in the program or for family members who choose to visit the island during the student’s program.
Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) is located in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, a 25-minute drive from Surfhouse Puerto Rico. It is served by several major U.S. airlines with a 3.5-hour direct flight time from New York—closer than California and many parts of the United States. Direct flight service is available from JFK Airport in New York, Newark, New Jersey and Orlando, Florida. Another alternative is to fly into San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), Puerto Rico’s largest airport.
There are two options for getting from San Juan to Rincón: the fastest and the one we recommend is to book a connecting Cape Air flight to Eugenio Maria de Hostos Airport in Mayagüez (MAZ). This is a short flight and will save you hours of driving. Mayagüez is a 20-minute drive from Surfhouse Puerto Rico and rental cars are widely available. If you prefer to see some of the island, rent a car at the San Juan airport and enjoy the 3.0 hour drive to Rincón on the west coast.