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Ponce

Getting there & away

Four miles east of the town center off Hwy 1 on Hwy 5506, the Aeropuerto de Mercedita (Mercedita Airport) looks dressed for a party, but still waiting for the guests to arrive. Cape Air (787-848-2020; www.capeair.com) has five flights a day to San Juan (one-way/return $87/105) and jetBlue (800-538-2583; www.jetblue.com) also services the city from a number of American cities.

There’s a nice, new público terminal three blocks north of the plaza, near Plaza del Mercado, with services connecting to all major towns on the island. There are plenty of long-haul vans headed to Río Piedras in San Juan (about $20) and Mayagüez (about $10) and an inexpensive café on-site.