New York City lies some 1,601 miles or 2,576 km north-northwest of the Puerto Rican capital, San Juan, according to data from Time and Date.com. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, although it is not incorporated as a state. Puerto Rico lies in the northeastern part of the Caribbean, between the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.
Puerto Rico is over 1,600 miles from New York.
Puerto Rico’s main airport is at San Juan, with the airport code SJU. As of the time of publication, there are 13 non-stop flights daily between San Juan and New York City, with a typical flight duration of just over four hours. Airlines operating this route include Delta, JetBlue, JAL and Continental. Delta and JetBlue flights arrive at New York’s JFK airport, while Continental flights arrive in Newark.
San Juan is an established cruise ship port for trips originating in the continental United States. From New York City, several cruise lines operate itineraries including San Juan. Princess Cruises operates a 9-day cruise of the eastern Caribbean. This cruise leaves New York City, arriving in Grand Turk, Cayman Islands four days later and San Juan the following day. Other cruise operators between New York and Puerto Rico include Carnival Cruises and Royal Caribbean.
Travel by Boat
Private yacht owners sail several common routes between Puerto Rico and the eastern seaboard of the United States. The routes taken will depend on the prevailing winds and weather conditions, the type of vessel and the expertise of the crew. The Thornless Path is a leisurely route that goes via the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico. This route typically takes a month or longer. A faster route from New York to Puerto Rico would be to sail east until longitude 66 west, then travel directly south to Puerto Rico. This route would take under a month but has a higher chance of poor weather.
The standard of medical and health care in Puerto Rico is relatively high in comparison to neighboring Caribbean countries. Contaminated food or water can cause hepatitis or dysentery. You can reduce your risk by eating fully cooked foods and drinking bottled water. At the time of publication, there is not a significant problem with mosquito-borne diseases in Puerto Rico. Occasionally there will be an outbreak of dengue fever, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. You can protect yourself by using repellent, mosquito nets and by covering up.
- Time and Date: Distance Calculator
- Google.com: Flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) to New York, NY (all airports)
- Cruise Compete: Puerto Rico Cruises
- “The Gentleman’s Guide to Passages South: The Thornless Path to Windward”; Bruce Van Sant; 2006
- “World Cruising Routes”; Jimmy Cornell; 2002
- Lonely Planet: Puerto Rico Health & Safety
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