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Puerto Rico Via Boat?

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Hi all,

Hoping someone might be able to give some insight into what we are looking to achieve.

We are considering relocating to Puerto Rico from the mainland. Main reason is that we would be near my wife's parents who are on STX. It would be great to bounce between the two. (STX & San Juan).

However, we have a dog and although she is 30 lbs and not big, we can't take her in the cabin with us. I'm not putting her in cargo. Could we take a boat from somewhere in Florida or Texas to San Juan? Any other suggestions on the best way to work around this?

Getting to STX from San Juan would be easy because I'll have a small Cessna by the time that's all said and done, so we can bounce between the two without issues. However that is further down the line. 

Thanks I'm advanced for any information you can give.

Topic starter Posted : January 8, 2021 10:03 am
Ca. Dreamers
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We have transported dogs & cats a couple of times from the states to the STX and back. I too was apprehensive about putting our pets cargo. However a boat would be a long ride and the flight is very short. AmriJet is really the only practical answer to your delima. They fly direct from MIA to San Juan usually at night so what we did was leave our furry friends, 5 Dogs and 3 Cats, at a kennel in Ft. Lauderdale the day before their night flight and left for STX to receive them when they arrived. You on the other hand would be easier as you would pick up your pet in San Juan.

Posted : January 8, 2021 11:17 am
Gator's Mom
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Amerijet flies your pets in an area right behind the pilots, not in the hold like AA, Delta or United. They fly non-stop to SJU once or twice a week.

Call this kennel near the airport in FLL - they will advise.

Welcome to Peace of Mind Pet Shipping and Resort | Formerly Bobbis World Kennels (petboardship.com)

That's a long boat trip from FL unless you're on big yacht. Lot's of big water. Nothing worse than a seasick dog. 

Cruise ships don't take pets. Come to think of it, they don't take people either right now.


Posted : January 8, 2021 11:50 am
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AmriJet sounds the way forward. I'll look into it thanks for the heads up. 

PS - Any indication of cost?

Topic starter Posted : January 8, 2021 1:00 pm
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@stxdreaming1 I used a company called petcargo.com in Miami.  They are a couple who takes your dog and crate and takes care of everything from that point on.  I needed to do this as it was when AA stopped taking pets in Cargo in April.  So they actually let my dog into their house, sent me pics of him and keep him until the flight out.  The took him to the airport around midnight to amerijet, crated him and sent me updates throughout the process.  I could track him and he was in PR until 8 or 9 am, then flown over to STX where I picked him up at Bob Lynch Moving.  I went to Bob Lynch, paid them a $50 handling fee, had to get some papers stamped at the customs office and I was on my way, so total cost was $1500 plus the $50.  Could have been worse, but it was the only way to get it done at that time. 

Posted : January 9, 2021 8:19 am
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