Getting there from NY is proving to be difficult without at least a 4 hour layover in San Juan. I am avoiding LIAT Air at all costs. Has anyone flown through San Juan and left airport while waiting for connection?
Tell me more. I don't know anything about that. Thanks!
Have you done this? If so , please tell me about your experience.
It's a pretty easy experience.
I have no idea when you're planning on going or how long, but I think my option is the best and cheapest too.
You might have to spend a night in Guadeloupe or Martinique depending on flight or ferry times, but you can pretty much fly into either island for around $200 USD return from NY or Boston and the ferry will be $120 Euro return
There are flights from Guadeloupe to Dominica too, with Air Antilles. We've just booked them and for me it's the best solution: Not much more expensive than the ferry, but shorter (no transfer needed to the harbour in PTP) and I heard that the ferries don't operate in case of rough sea. And many people get seasick on the boat...
Leaving the airport is very easy. Go to ground transportation and the taxi attendant will get cab for you. Most rates are pre-set, so you know the cost before leaving. We had a 6 hour layover coming back from Dominica, and used this time to tour the fort at Old San Juan and have an early dinner. When you are done in Old San Juan, there is another taxi stand in the center of town. Same arrangements. It's about 15 minutes into town and $20.00 each way. Very nice way to kill the time. Customs was super fast and we checked our bags before leaving. When we returned we had the driver drop us off at the gate and security checkpoint was right there.
Finding the flights is a total pain in the butt. They're out there but the Caribbean regional airlines often don't show up on many search sites. Use this link to find the flight, then click through. Make sure to book a THROUGH TICKET. if you book connections separately your luggage won't go straight through.
Well now, Doesn't that website make things much easier!! Normally it takes me days to find the best flight option to the island. I may have just done it in an hour!!