Cheap Flights to San Juan

San Juan overview

When is the best time to fly to San Juan?

Peak Season:

November through April is the best time of year to visit the city, although it is also the busiest and most expensive. This is a great season to enjoy the sandy beaches with beautiful weather. The city is also at its liveliest over the festive holiday season. From mid-December to early January, Christmas spirit fills the streets with drinking, dancing and merriment. Flights to San Juan and room rates are considerably higher during this time in the city and throughout the rest of the island.

Off Season:

The months of July through September are characterised by hot, humid and rainy days. This period is hurricane season and best to be avoided. Understandably this results in fewer crowds and off-peak prices. It’s not a great time to visit the city but if you’re looking for a travel bargain then this is the ideal time to find cheap flights to San Juan and discounted hotel rates.

Shoulder Season:

May and June are transitional months after the peak season and experience a slower pace of life as well as fewer crowds. Although it’s not quite hurricane season there is still the possibility of storms. October is another transitional month when you may be able to find a better travel deal than during the most popular period. Book your accommodation and a flight to San Juan during these times, if you’re looking for more reasonable prices.

City overview

After stepping off a flight to San Juan most travellers are left bewildered by the abundance of activities the capital of Puerto Rico has to offer. During the day outdoor enthusiasts can hike the rain forest and surf the waves, while at the night the city is transformed into one of the nightlife capitals of the Caribbean.

As a side trip, travellers should plan to spend a few extra days exploring the coastal town of Guánica and the Caribbean National Forest, El Yunque, then on the way back to San Juan stop for a picnic or a quick dip in the country’s best-known beach, Luquillo.

For sightseeing, Old San Juan, the original city founded in 1521, has a wealth of well-cared-for 16th and 17th-century architecture, built by the Spanish colonists. Still partially surrounded by the wall built in 1633 and paved with the stones used as ballast on Spanish ships, the old city features tree-shaded squares, monuments, open-air cafes, and shops, as well as private homes with their wrought-iron railings on balconies filled with pots of tropical plants.

San Juan climate

The climate is tropical with summer temperatures in the 18-35 degree range. Thunderstorms are likely between April and November and hurricane season runs June to November. Further inland, temperatures drop a couple of degrees.

Getting around San Juan

Buses run in some, but not all areas of the city. There are taxis, but you’ll have to negotiate a price with the driver based on your destination. Rental cars are available as well, but make sure you have your ID handy. Some streets are not as well marked as others.

Local Airport

Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) is located 9 miles (14 km) east of San Juan.

San Juan insider information

  • One venue for Puerto Rico's Latino chic is surprising — the Museo de Arte. Some Puerto Ricans come to the art museum at least once a week, and not just for its fine collection of Puerto Rican art. They also come for productions in the 400-seat theatre. And trendy locals can be seen strolling the museum’s lovely five-acre garden. 
  • San Juan has done a great job of adapting old buildings to new uses. La Princesa, for centuries one of the most feared prisons in the Caribbean, now houses the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. It features an exhibit of art by Puerto Ricans, which is free to the public.
  • Another example of reuse is the 19th-century insane asylum, the Antiguo Manicomio Insular, which is now the home of the Puerto Rican Academy of Fine Arts, with its lovely courtyard fountains surrounded by elegant iron fences.

Airports for San Juan

How much do things cost in San Juan?

Clothing & Shoes
Pair of Nike shoes
QAR 1253.25
Pair of jeans
QAR 646.21
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
QAR 26.06
A dozen eggs
QAR 49.16
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
QAR 47.52
Bottle of wine
QAR 203.21
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
QAR 32.51
Meal at McDonald's or similar
QAR 105.67
Cheap meal
QAR 162.57
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
QAR 52.84
How much does transport cost in San Juan?
Taxi - fixed fee
QAR 41
One-way ticket (local transport)
QAR 24
1 hour taxi waiting fee
QAR 203
1 km taxi journey
QAR 35

International departures to San Juan