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Trying to Figure Out Whether to Stay at Airport or in OSJ

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Trying to Figure Out Whether to Stay at Airport or in OSJ

We arrive at SJU on a Tuesday at 3:30 pm. We will be leaving for Tortola the following morning at 9:50. Initially, I booked a room at the SJU Airport Hotel, because our flight was not supposed to arrive until 10:40 pm. However, because our arrival time has changed, I am wondering whether to stay in Old San Juan or keep the room at the airport and just go into OSJ for dinner.

How early do we need to be at the airport Wednesday morning? How long will it take us to get from OSJ to SJU on a weekday morning? Is the traffic horrible?

We will be staying in Old San Juan at the end of our trip, so we will have plenty of time to explore then.

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1. Re: Trying to Figure Out Whether to Stay at Airport or in OSJ

Either way you will spend about the same on cabs.

You are going against rush hour traffic, so if you leave OSJ by 7:30 you should be fine. However, if you just want to have a relaxed morning and not worry about unforseen traffic delays, then stay at the airport.

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2. Re: Trying to Figure Out Whether to Stay at Airport or in OSJ

Nytoparis--Thanks for your reply! Seaborne's website says to arrive 2-3 hours before our flight to Beef Island, but when I talked to the reservationist, she said 1 hour. Any idea how busy SJU is and how far ahead we should get there?

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3. Re: Trying to Figure Out Whether to Stay at Airport or in OSJ

A wednesday am should not be terribly busy, but still get there 2hrs before departure. Better to be early than miss your flight.

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4. Re: Trying to Figure Out Whether to Stay at Airport or in OSJ

Walking around OSJ, a nice dinner there and staying at El Convento there would be a significant and beautiful upgrade in your trip especially over a relatively old and nondescript airport hotel.

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5. Re: Trying to Figure Out Whether to Stay at Airport or in OSJ

I'd recommend staying at a different Isla Verde hotel so you're still close to the airport (5 min) but you can enjoy a couple hours of sun on the beach before nightfall. Then you can eat somewhere in the area rather than go to OSJ since you'll be doing that at the end of your trip.

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6. Re: Trying to Figure Out Whether to Stay at Airport or in OSJ

We are staying at the El Convento on our return to San Juan. We wanted to keep down costs for the first night, since we will have little time that night. If we stay in Old San Juan, we would probably stay at Hotel Casa Blanca.

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