|By Sue (BonaireTalker - Post #66) on Monday, September 13, 2004 - 2:50 pm:|
This Friday I will be traveling through San Jaun to Bonaire and have about a 4 hour layover there.
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #12165) on Monday, September 13, 2004 - 3:04 pm:|
Sue, the airport is pretty big, and has lots of shops and eating places. If you have time, and want to venture out of the airport (remember you have to go through customs when you go back), go to the Hampton in in Isla Verde (very close to the airport) and have a grilled burger by the pool...best burger in the world, let me tell ya! Or, go to the Wyndam or Ritz on the same stretch and stick your feet in the sand for a couple of hours. It's a beautiful beach...
|By Susan Taft (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #393) on Monday, September 13, 2004 - 7:32 pm:|
Cab fare to the hotels right on the beach at Isla Verde is 8 dollars one way and takes about 5-10 minutes depending on traffic. You can get a cab in the ground transportation area of the airport. On the upper level, near the AA check in, there is a baggage check where we leave our carryons for 3 dollars a bag. You have to clear security when you return to the airport (I am thinking that you meant security, not customs, Cynde as we have never had to do more than that on our many long SJ layovers)\If you use the security entrance for the American Eagle gates (sign says gates 1-7)there is usually not a long line.
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #12168) on Monday, September 13, 2004 - 7:39 pm:|
Susan, yes, I meant security, thanks! I didn't know about the bag check by the AA check in, good to know...our lay over in March is 6 hours, and we definitely plan on taking the kids to Isla Verde for a burger at the HampTONE Inn
|By Lorraine Bayford (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #143) on Monday, September 13, 2004 - 9:55 pm:|
Sue, a 4 hour layover in San Juan is not much. Personally I would not leave the airport if you are not familiar with the area. I've stayed overnight twice in San Juan and both times I have got lost in the airport because I was misinformed by airport staff. Clearing security both times was very lengthy but Americans probably clear faster than us Canadians, eh! However, San Juan airport is a great place to people watch because of the many countries that Puerto Rico is connected to AND a decent place to eat and get an Amstel. Cynde, you have probably passed though San Juan a ton of times and are very comfortable leaving the airport - me, I'm a chicken!
|By James Eagen II (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 3:00 am:|
If you ever have a chance to be in San Juan any longer you should tour the Castle on the water, it is beautiful. Although often considered somewhat dangerous, San Juan is beautiful and has some very nice areas and resorts to check out. Let me rephrase that, Puerto Rico in general is beautiful and has some very nice areas and resorts to check out.
|By Bob Birk (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #10) on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 8:20 am:|
Last year we spent a week on Culebra, and extended the vacation with a 2 day stay in Old San Juan. Fascinating place, and sometime in the future we plan to spend a bit more time there.
|By Belinda Z (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #189) on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 9:33 am:|
|By Bob Birk (BonaireTalker - Post #11) on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 11:26 am:|
Hi Belinda, I will send you an e-mail
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #12172) on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 12:09 pm:|
Lorraine, spent 6 weeks in San Juan last March (not by choice, so am pretty familiar with it!)
|By Belinda Z (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #190) on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 2:38 pm:|
|By Susan Taft (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #394) on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 7:57 pm:|
Cynde, the bag check is close to the door from the outside near AA ticket counter (upper level). There is a beauty shop right next door-- this is a good landmark as the bag check is not all that clearly marked. First time there we thought it looked a little sketchy but have never had trouble leaving our carryons there. You will need to show a passport for id -- they started this after Sept 11. Thanks for the tip of burgers at the Hampton. We usually head straight for the beach, eat at one of the hotel beach bars and then rent lounge chairs to nap as our layover is about 8 hours!
|By sharyn spray (BonaireTalker - Post #79) on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 7:48 am:|
Belinda, Besides people watching there is a little shop that gives good chair massages. Great way to relax after sitting in a plane !
|By Sue (BonaireTalker - Post #67) on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 11:26 am:|
Thanks to everyone who replied to my orginal question. This is the 1st time I have been back to Bonaire in a few years and had always gone via Miami. (Lived on Bonaire for awhile and used to do several trips a year for more years then I can count) So San Juan is new for me. So a few more questions.....we care oming to San Juan via JetBlue....which terminal does JetBlue come in too?
|By Linnea Wijkhof-Wimberly (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #776) on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 4:33 pm:|
Look for a cute but grumpy redheaded guy and a sweet lady with dark curly hair. They are my nephew and niece and are making the flight via Jet Blue to PR and AE from PR. They were supposed to leave last night with a one night layover, but SJU was closed for Jeanne.
|By Gail Elliott (BonaireTalker - Post #20) on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 5:05 pm:|
Hi Sue - I'll be traveling with the grumpy redheaded guy referenced above by Linnea. We're now scheduled to arrive in PR at 12:45 Fri. I'm told that Jet Blue flys into Terminal B and AE flys out of Terminal D. I've never been in this airport either, so don't know how long it will take us to collect luggage & check in, guess we'll be in the same boat!
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #12184) on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 7:03 pm:|
Gail, here are a couple of links of a map of Terminal D.
|By Gail Elliott (BonaireTalker - Post #21) on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 7:29 pm:|
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #12186) on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 7:34 pm:|
Gail, you're welcome! I tried to find a map of the entire airport (with all of the terminals) but came up with nada...I remember that Northwest comes and goes out of gate C...so hopefully E is just on the other side of D!
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #12187) on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 7:38 pm:|
Gail, here is one of the whole airport...you may have a bit of a walk....doesn't AE fly out of the West Terminal of D?
|By Gail Elliott (BonaireTalker - Post #22) on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 7:56 pm:|
Cynde - Thanks again. Not worried about the walk, (I need the exercise (LOL)) more worried about Tropical Storm Jeanne, hope it passes far enough, fast enough, that the flights into PR on Friday aren't cancelled. Note: I feel for all the folks in the path of all these storms, but selfishly, still want to get to Bonaire. Here'e hoping!!
|By Angela Strozier (BonaireTalker - Post #76) on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 - 11:26 pm:|
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #12191) on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 3:01 pm:|
Angela, don't even get me started about the traffic and the way they drive down there...I even had to buy a t-shirt that described what it was like...poor Kelly thought she was gonna bite it fer sure when she arrived, but of course, by that time, 4 weeks in, I was "one" with the other drivers! LOL! I still refer to moves I see at home occasionally as "geez, what, do they think they are in Puerto Rico?"
|By Linnea Wijkhof-Wimberly (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #781) on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 7:48 pm:|
Puerto Ricans all learned to drive in NYC. Don't let the cops scare you, they drive around with their blue lights flashing and turn on the red flashers when on an actual call.
|By Angela Strozier (BonaireTalker - Post #79) on Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 11:15 pm:|
Yes, Cynde, we were on the expressway. It was interesting to say the least. Off to Bonaire in the a.m.
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #12203) on Friday, September 17, 2004 - 12:12 pm:|
Linnea, we couldn't figure out why the police always had their blue lights flashing the first couple of weeks until we asked Rafa. It is a fairly new thing I guess. Since they have been doing this, the crime rate has dropped some. I guess they are making themselves more visible. Sherry and I actually pulled over twice during the first couple of weeks thinking that we had done something wrong! LOL!
|By jeff blake (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #1) on Monday, October 11, 2004 - 12:10 pm:|
How far is it from the airport to Old San Juan where the ships dock and how much is a taxi?
|By Cynde (BonaireTalk Deity - Post #12419) on Monday, October 11, 2004 - 2:25 pm:|
Jeff, the ride from the airport to Old San Juan can be anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour depending on traffic, which is totally unpredictable! Unless you have the entire day to get there, and get back to the airport in enough time to catch your next flight, I'd go to Isla Verde, I mentioned it in an earlier post on this thread. Plus, you really can't get all that's to offer in Old San Juan in just a few short hours...there's a lot to see!
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