Catch a Flight at the Ceiba International Airport

Ceiba International Airport

If you are traveling to Culebra or Vieques, your choices are to take the ferry out of Fajardo or to fly. If you choose to fly, you can depart from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in Carolina (commonly called the San Juan Airport), the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (SIG) in San Juan (commonly called the Isla Grande Airport), or the new Ceiba International Airport (RVR) in Ceiba (formerly called the José Aponte de la Torre Airport).

The Ceiba International Airport (RVR) opened at the end of November 2008. Located at the old Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Ceiba, this airport replaces the recently closed Diego Jiménez Torres Airport (FAJ) in Fajardo. For people who want to fly to Culebra, Vieques or even some of the other nearby islands (like the US Virgin Islands), flights from this smaller airport on the east coast are much more economical than flights from the airports in the San Juan area.

Getting to the Airport

Map to Ceiba International Airport

If you’re driving from the San Juan area, you’ll want to take Route 66 east to Route 3 east toward Fajardo. In the Fajardo area, Route 3 becomes Route 53. Once you’re on Route 53, you’ll want to take Exit 2 (which is before the first toll booth), which is for Puerto del Rey marina. This will put you back on Route 3 heading south. Then, really all you need to do is follow the signs for the airport. You’ll continue on Route 3, and eventually you’ll turn left onto Tarawa Drive. Again, just follow the signs.

Since Ceiba International Airport is located on the old Roosevelt Roads Naval Base, you’ll come to a small guard house at the gate to the base. When we went, the guard just waved us past. Just continue to follow the road. It seems a bit tricky as they are doing construction. They’ve blocked all the side roads so there’s no choice as to what to do. Eventually, you’ll get to the airport terminal building.

If you need to park, there is hourly parking to the left near the building.

 

At the Airport

Ceiba International Airport in Ceiba

Inside the building, there are counters for the airlines: Air Flamenco, MN Aviation, and Vieques Air Link. The airlines run planes back and forth to the Culebra Airport (CPX) and to the Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport (VQS) in Vieques (commonly called the Vieques Airport) as either charter or at scheduled times during daylight hours (roughly 6:00am to 6:00pm). Typical round-trip fares are about $65 per person to Vieques ($85 RT for Culebra). They generally run on schedule :-).

If you end up waiting, you’ll be happy that the airport has clean bathrooms. There may be a snack bar open, but it looked closed recently.

There is a parking lot that is open 7 days a week 6:00am to 7:00pm. The parking fee is $1.00 for the first hour and 50¢ for each additional hour. It is $8.50 for 24 hour parking. Add IVU (sales tax) on all the prices. The parking attendant accepts cash and credit.

Car Rentals

If you plan to return to the out-islands and need a rental car just while on the main island, World Car rental office at the Fajardo ferry dock. They will shuttle you from this airport to their office. You can call them directly at 787-885-9696 or 787-860-4808 for more information. Carlos Jeep Rental is also at the airport and they offer a shuttle to/from the ferry. 787-742-3514 or check their web site .

If you plan to return your rental car to the San Juan International Airport (SJU), use Avis car rental. They provide a shuttle from the Ceiba Airport to their office, just outside of the airport gate. Avis charges an extra fee for this one-way drop-off. When I called them about this, they said it was 11% of rental fee. You can call them directly at 787-885-0505 or 787-605-0166 for more information.

There is also a Thrifty Car Rental up the road a bit at the Puerto del Rey Marina. They also have a shuttle that will pick you up at the Ceiba Airport and they also sometimes have a one-way rental with return at San Juan International Airport (SJU). Their fee for this is around $60. You can call them directly at 787-860-2030 for more information.

For more information about the services at the Ceiba Airport call 787-863-1011 or 787-534-4100.

For more information on Air Flamenco’s services to Culebra or Vieques, you can call 787-534-4220 , or check their web site.

For more information on Vieques Air Link’s services to Vieques or Culebra, you can call 787-534-4222, or check their web site.

For more information on M&N’s services (they do charters), you can call 787-791-7008.

We estimate the driving time from the San Juan area to the Ceiba Airport to be about 75 – 90 minutes.

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There are sometimes last minute spaces available on flights, but not always. If enough people need a last minute flight, you can see if they can arrange a charter flight. If the weather is bad, it is usually the ferry that stops before the flights. But it is always better to book flights in advance if you really want to get there.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Mar 2016

I want to know if I couldn't get ferry tickets, is it possible to have flight tickets on that day or should I book flights in advance? What if the weather is bad? Will the flights be cancelled? Thank you.

Comment by Wen on 10 Mar 2016

There is none...The quickest is the most expensive and the less expensive way takes a long time and isn't even guaranteed. From San Juan- catch a flight out of Isla Grande airport. Otherwise, if you are 2 or more people in group...you need to rent a car, drive to Ceiba, get a flight out of there. Or for least expensive you can rent a car, drive to Fajardo and try for ferry tickets.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Mar 2016

From the article "It is $8.50 for 24 hour parking. Add IVU ( sales tax) on all the prices." This is from last year but I think it is still the same. Tax is 11.5%

Comment by Gwenn on 04 Mar 2016

I can't figure out how much long term/over night parking cost. Does anyone know how much it is?

Comment by Eliz T on 04 Mar 2016

we are looking to find the quickest less expensive way to the island of Flamenco leaving from San Juan resorts. we also want to return the same day:such as leaving early in the morning and going over to the island and returning back to San Juan by the end of the day.

Comment by shonta on 04 Mar 2016

I think going to SJ is the only way...I don't believe there are any planes that go directly between Vieques and St Thomas. You would have the charter a private flight and that would be $$. But call M&N or Air Sunshine or one of the little airlines like VAL or Air Flamenco and see if they would do it or know how it could be done.

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Jan 2016

My husband and I are looking for an air charter service to take us from Vieques to St. Thomas on February 29th. Any recommendations? I understand getting from Vieques to San Juan airport to catch a flight on Seaborne to St. Thomas is long and unreliable. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

Comment by Susan MacNamara on 13 Jan 2016

I guess it depends on the day of the week, the weather and if you have checked bags and how you are getting to the airport. Have only carry-ons and have a drive waiting there to take you and I think you will be fine. If you have to wait to bags and to rent a car...you will be cutting it close in case there is traffic (usually an issue on weekends at that time of day).

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Jan 2016

We will be traveling to Vieques in May and will be arriving in San Juan Intl Airport at 1:53pm will we have enough time to make the 4:00 flight to Vieques via Flamenco Air? Thank you!

Comment by Brandi on 07 Jan 2016

We are not associated with Ceiba airport, but as far as I know, no flights to St Thomas from Ceiba. But you may be able to charter a plane hough, but that is pricey. You can get a flight from Isla Grande airport in SJ.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Dec 2015

Is there a plane that goes from your airport to St. Thomas? We will be staying in Luiquillo Beach in Feb. What would be less expensive San Juan airport or using your airport? We are interested in staying overnight in a hotel. We will be celebrated our 50th anniversary. Would appreciate hearing from you. Thank you. Merry Christmas!

Comment by FRAN HOMICKI on 15 Dec 2015

Take a taxi over to the Isla Grande airport in San Juan and get a flight from there. Usually less than $100.

Comment by Gwenn on 25 Nov 2015

I went to vieques airlines site and the flights from san juan to there seems to be $270.00 each way per person??? I read allot cheaper. any ideas. thanks, Jan

Comment by jan engelbrecht on 25 Nov 2015

yes, you can leave the car in the lot overnights during your time in Vieques. It is just the person that you pay is not there after the planes stop for the night.

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Oct 2015

Gween, can you please confirm that Ceiba airport has long term parking too. I too was looking to leave our rental car for over a day at Ceiba airport since our flight to/from Vieques is from Ceiba. Your website mentions there is a parking lot that is open 7 days a week 6:00am to 7:00pm. But, would I be able leave the car for couple of days?

Comment by Sree on 13 Oct 2015

Yes, no problem.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Sep 2015

can i leave the car at the long term parking for two days?

Comment by ozzie flores on 19 Sep 2015

Now we're providing Air Taxi services to Vieques and Culebra, any time. 787-6027605

Comment by Omar Zahra on 06 Aug 2015

I think the planes are the same size, or maybe just a few passengers more out of San Juan. For ease of use (less traffic issues and wasted time)I would just fly out of Isla Grande airport in SJ. The taxi to Ceiba is about $80, not sure if there is a big savings if it is only 2 people. For a larger family, the savings may be worth the effort.

Comment by Gwenn on 24 Jul 2015

This site is great - the breadth of information you offer is so amazing and thorough! I do have a few questions - my husband and I are pretty experienced and adventurous travelers, but for whatever reason, I'm not a fan of small planes/very short flights. We land in San Juan on a Sunday at 3PM, and don't really want to depend on the ferry from Fajardo. Would you recommend flying from San Juan to Vieques? Or taking a taxi to Ceiba and flying from there? I'm not sure if there's much of a difference in actual plane used and if a taxi from SJU to Ceiba offsets the price difference in flights. Again, thank you so much..!

Comment by Normon on 24 Jul 2015

Flying is your safest bet, but you can try for the ferry. For Vieques, you may get lucky and get the 9am ferry, but I think you would have better luck with the afternoon ferry.

Comment by Gwenn on 24 Jun 2015

Los días 9,10,11 y 12, reserve habitación en hotel great escape en vieques y necesito transportación para llegar

Comment by oscar gonzalez on 24 Jun 2015

Yes, you are correct. Last time we were there, they were changing the route from the gate to the airport, and there were not many signs what-so-ever. We just kept driving and eventually got there, but a sign or two would help!

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Oct 2013

Overall, service at the airport was tops. They treated us real well and the flight was uneventful. However, the road to the airport has few to none signs leading to it, which made it a real pain for me to get there. Neither the exit to the airport nor the inner roads within Ceiba had any signs whatsoever indicating where the airport was. Other than that, I was pleased with my experience at the airport.

Comment by Carlo on 01 Oct 2013

I looked into one-way rental through Avis (pick up at SJU, turn in at RVR) and their website does not include RVR as a selection. Guess I'll have to call the office to arrange that, huh? This presents an ideal situation for us, since we may want to do the Fajardo Biobay tour, then fly to Culebra the next day. No long waits or taxi rides. Also going in October! Thanks for the information!

Comment by James Williams on 31 Aug 2011

This is really helpful. You guys are first of a kind to have complete information about puerto rico. I will be visiting Aug 30 2011

Comment by Anil Kumar on 30 Aug 2011

I love your informational website! Planning a trip to PR for Octoberand your webpages are full of valuable information and good tips/ideas. Thank you for hosting it!

Comment by Michele on 13 Aug 2011

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