Seaborne Air Shuttle from STX to PR
Has anyone used this service to get to San Juan for connecting flights to the states? If so, how long was the taxi ride and how much did it cost to get from the Isla Grande Airport to the International airport? Were the flights on time? Was there any problem getting a taxi? We normally fly American Eagle to SJU and then Jet Blue to Florida (carry on luggage only), but the reduced number of flight times on American Eagle during the off season result in a pretty long layover each way. I realize that Cape Air is another option but they are fairly expensive. And flying direct to Miami on American leaves a long drive once we land in Florida.
the taxi ride is under $20 and takes about 15-20 min max depending on traffic. As long as you stay under weight for carry ons, you're fine. just also remember you ahve to clear customs in PR.
There are taxis waiting at Isle Grande airport. You won't have a problem getting one.
For the Seaborne leg...Be sure to check out the baggage weight limits in the Seaborne flight. Depending on which class of ticket you purchase you are limited to either 30lbs check-in or 50lbs check-in. They charge $1 per pound for additional weight and don't guarantee an overweight bag will be placed on the same flight.
You are allowed up to three carry-on items with a total combined weight of 5 lbs - also subject to $1 per pound over the 5lb max. But as you board you may be instructed to place them in a plastic tub which gets stowed in the cargo hold...with your checked bags.
Sometimes they charge for overweight items and other times not. i think it depends on how full the flight is and how much total weight they will be carrying on any particular flight.
When you arrive in PR you will have to present a Customs form to a CBP officer. There is only one counter - meaning only one officer. How long it takes to clear Customs will depend on how many other flights arrived ahead of yours. I would say allow at least 30 minutes to clear.
The other thing to think about is the seaplane often stops in stt before pr. Seaborne also just sometimes has a hard time leaving stx, delays, engine problems, etc...One time they were backed up in stt, so our flight left 45 min late from stt goin to pr. And as specialk said getting through checkin and through customs at pr is often a long process. I personally would want a minimum of 3 hours between when you land in pr and when your flight takes of to cover for possible delays.
Where are you going in FL? Spirit flies from St. Thomas to Ft. Lauderdale, if that's better for you than Miami. Much easier to get over to STT airport than deal with SJU.
Thanks for the replies. I decided that the between the taxi fares and general inconvienence that it is not worth going that route right now. We will stick with a combination of American Eagle to SJU and Cape Air back to STX. Fort Lauderdale is the final destination and we have flown on both Spirit and Air Tran before. Unfortunately, once you have flown with Jet Blue you will not want to fly the others again - nicer planes, your own personal TV, and free movies make the trip much more enjoyable and their price is usually the same or cheaper than the other discount airlines.
JetBlue is having a one day sale today. SJU to FLL for $39 each way plus fees, for a total of $124 RT. I don't know what it usually runs, but this sounds good.