This Travel Notes page offers information on how to get to Puerto Rico, cruising ground information and other general information.

How to Get There

Customs and immigration

Passports:
US citizens coming from mainland destinations do not need passports to enter Puerto Rico. US citizens only need to have some form of official government issued picture identification to enter Puerto Rico such as a current driver's licence or a photo-ID card issued to non-drivers by a state’s motor vehicles department.

Visitors from other countries, including Canada, need a valid passport to land in Puerto Rico. For those from countries requiring a visa to enter the US, the same visa is necessary to enter Puerto Rico.
All travellers entering the US under the Visa Waiver Program require an e-passport with an embedded electronic chip. Travellers not in possession of e-passports require a valid US entry visa.

Visitors to the US travelling under the Visa Waiver Program must obtain authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the US, if arriving by air or sea. It is recommended that applications are made at least 72 hours prior to travel but you may apply at any time prior to travel. Airlines must deny check-in to passengers without a valid ESTA. Apply online (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov). There is a USD 14 fee.

An ESTA is valid for two years, so if you've applied for one p eviously, make sure it's still valid.
When applying for ESTA-authorisation and entering the passport  number, the number 0 must not be replaced by letter O as this can lead to problems upon entering the USA. The granting of an ESTA does not guarantee entry to the USA.

Canadian citizens do not require an ESTA, but permanent residents of Canada who are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program must obtain one.

All persons, including US citizens, travelling by air, land, or sea between the USA and Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport, or other approved document, when entering or re-entering the USA.

For more information on the Visa Waiver Program: https://www.dhs.gov/visa-waiver-program 

Visas:
A B1/B2 visa is required for non-American citizens. Visas are not required by nationals included in the Visa Waiver Program and with an e-passport for stays of up to 90 days, except: nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania, who do require a visa as they are not included in the Visa Waiver Program.

Nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries who have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria on or after 1 March 2011 or are also nationals of these countries are not eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program and must apply for a US visa.

All passengers using US airports for transit purposes are required to obtain a transit visa. This does not affect qualified travellers travelling visa-free under the Visa Waiver Program. To qualify for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program, nationals must travel on a valid passport, for holiday, transit or business purposes only and for a stay not exceeding 90 days.

Taxes / departure tax

There is no departure tax required when leaving Puerto Rico.

Ways to get there:

Fly into San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU). Take a taxi to the Puerto Del Rey Marina.

Airports
  • San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU).

    Due to the number of flights which we organise, The Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact your Holiday Planner before you book your flights.
Servicing airlines

Most major airlines service San Juan as well as a few Caribbean airlines.

  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • United
  • JetBlue
  • Continental
  • Spirit
  • Southwest
  • Alaskan
  • Cape Air
  • Air Canada
  • WestJet
  • WinAir
  • Seabourne
  • British Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Lufthansa
  • Air France
  • Condor
  • KLM
  • Norwegian
  • Finnair
  • Air Europa
  • Iberia
  • Qatar
  • Emirates
  • Aer Lingus
  • JAL
  • SAS
Airport transfers

Taxi transfers:
Taxis are readily available outside the airport's arrivals terminals. Most are metered, though some have flat rates to popular destinations. A taxi transfer to the Puerto Del Rey Marina takes about 45 to 50 minutes and costs approximately USD 85 plus tip, which is customarily 15%.

Car rental:
Major car rental agencies, such as Avis, Payless and more, are available in San Juan.

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Cruising Ground Information

Marinas

Puerto Del Rey Marina
Road No. 3, KM 51.4
Fajardo, PR 00738
Phone: 787-860-1000

Hours:
Wednesday and Sunday: 12.00 noon to 10:00 pm
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 12.00 noon to 11:00pm 

Amenities
Golf car transport (contact via VHF 71), Captain’s Lounge, laundry, pump out, ice, free Wi-Fi, free cable TV, heliport, free showers, marine store, game room (coming soon), on-site car rental / local taxi, sea-tow, marina galley, marina deli and market, bar and restaurant, children's Jungle Gym

Health and beauty wellness appointments including hairdressing, makeup artist, manicure, pedicure, spa treatments, massage and more, On call medical doctor, on call nannies / baby-sitting, car rental 

Tours
Rainforest, Old San Juan, Bacardi factory, beaches, caves, rivers, nighttime bioluminescent bay kayaking, movie tickets, surfing lessons, snorkelling and diving, fishing charters, golf, fuel dock and convenience store

Puerto Del Rey operates six diesel pumps and six premium gasoline pumps. All fuel is provided by PUMA and is ethanol free. 

The fuel dock store also sells ice, beverages and snacks

Sailing area restrictions

Charterers receive a sailing chart that outlines red zones for the cruising ground. This will also be covered in the chart briefing.

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General Information

Area: 3,515 sq miles (153 sq km)
Population: 3.5 million
Capital city: San Juan
People: Spanish descent (80%), Black (8%), North American, Asian
Language: Spanish, English
Religion: Roman Catholic (85%), Protestant (8%), non religious (2.3%), and others (3%)
Government: Puerto Rico is a self-governing commonwealth in association with the United States
Major industries: Manufacturing, finance/insurance/real estate, tourism
Tipping: 10-20% is generally acceptable if it has not been added already
Currency: The Local currency is the United States Dollar (USD)
Electricity: The voltage used is 110-120 Volts (Same as US/Canada)
Time: UTC/GMT -4 hours.

Festivals and holidays
  • New Year's Day
  • Three Kings Day
  • Eugenio Eugenio María de Hostos Birthday
  • Martin Luther King Jr Birthday
  • Presidents Day
  • Emancipation Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter
  • José de Diego Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independance Day
  • Luis Muñoz Rivera's Birthday
  • Conmemoración del Estado Libre Asociado
  • José Celso Barbosa Birthday
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Discovery of Puerto Rico Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Years Eve

* If a holiday falls on a weekend the following business day will also be considered a holiday.

Tourist information centre

Puerto Rico Tourism Company
2 Paseo La Princesa, San Juan, PR 00902
Phone: (787) 721-2400
Email: [email protected]

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Banks, Money Exchange & Post Office

Banks

Banks in Puerto Rico: Banco Popular, Western Bank, Doral, Citibank, Banco de Santander, BBVA, Scotiabank

Currencies / money exchange

Currency: US dollar (USD). Bills under USD 20 are universally accepted. USD 20 bills can be frowned upon for smaller transactions. USD 50 and USD 100 bills seem to be frowned upon no matter what the transaction; getting change seems to be a major inconvenience. Carrying plenty of smaller bills is suggested.

Post office

There are several US Post offices in Puerto Rico. The closest to the Marina is located a couple mile south:
305 Ave. Lauro Pinero
(800) 275-8777

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Health & Safety

Travel insurance

Moorings offers “Charter Care” which is a comprehensive travel insurance scheme for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities of your Moorings holiday.

Vaccination and immunisation information

The SVIs are generally free of risk of contagious disease.
At time of publication, an International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.