Traveling in Puerto Rico
The University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus (RUM), is located in Mayagüez, the largest town on the west coast of the island. Mayagüez is located about two and one-half hours away from San Juan by car.
Rent a car:
If you fly into San Juan International Airport, you can rent a car at the airport. The following companies have offices at the airport:
Hertz (787) 791-0840
Avis (787) 753-5926
Thrifty (787)-253-2525, (787)-791-2820
National Car Rental (787)-791-1805
Other companies have free pickup services and return for example Charlie Car Rental 1-800-289-1227 and Dollar Rent-A-Car 787-725-5350.
Driving to UPRM:
Driving to Mayagüez is fairly easy. Getting out of the airport take road number 26 west (Baldorioty de Castro) towards San Juan/Bayamón. Once on 26 you will drive for about 10-15 minutes until you see the exit for the Highway 22 south towards Bayamón. It is best to stay in the right-hand lane. The exit is to the right. Once you take this exit you will go thru the Minillas Tunnel (a short tunnel). You will see a big red sign that indicates that vehicles with flammable or explosive materials may not use the Minillas Tunnel. When you are out of the tunnel stay in the middle lanes until you see the signs for Highway 22 to Bayamón / Arecibo. The road will split into two directions: take the right exit to Highway 22 (the left goes to Caguas). You should be now on Highway 22 (also known as “Espreso de Diego”), heading west.
There are a series of tolls in Highway 22, so make sure you have change or cash available. You will need about $6 USD to drive to Mayaguez. The amount of each toll is indicated on a sign before the toll. Most range from $1.50 to $0.50. If you don’t have exact change, you will need to choose a lane with that is marked with a big ‘C’ (cambio). These lanes have persons available to give change. Highway 22 will take you straight to Arecibo which is about 50 minutes to an hour drive. Highway 22 will then become Highway 2, which will veer to the left. Stay on Highway 2 traveling towards Aguadilla / Isabela. Highway 2 will actually take you straight to the University.
When you get to Mayaguez, you will see a fairly large shopping center on your right side. You are now getting close to UPRM. In this shopping center you will see K-Mart, SAMS Club, PepBoys and Home Depot. From this shopping center you are exactly 6 traffic lights (counting the one at the shopping center) away from the University.
Once you reach the 6th traffic light, which is in front of Walgreens, you must stay in the left lane because Highway 2 will split up ahead. The split happens at the 7th traffic light. Right after this 7th light there will be a left turn at the next light. You should now see the front entrance of UPRM. Take this left turn and you are now at UPRM, Welcome…
You may also choose to take a "Publico" to UPRM. "Publico" is the name Puertorricans give to a common method of public transportation. "El Publico" is just like a taxi but instead you share the ride with others. You pay a fee which is much less than a taxi fare. Publicos have a fixed rate to most destinations. Every town has a "Share-A-Ride" service and there is also service between towns. From Mayagüez to the Metropolitan Area this service is provided by Línea Sultana at 787-765-9377 or 787-832-2502.
Getting here from Aguadilla's Airport:
If you fly into Aguadilla you will take road 107 South, right outside the airport. After several miles, road 107 will intersect Highway 2. Turn right (south) on Highway 2. From here it is about 45 minutes to an hour drive to UPRM.
Getting here from Mayagüez's Airport:
If you fly into Mayagüez you will drive away from the airport to the right (west). This road will take you to the intersection with Highway 2 in less than 1 mile. From here it is about 10 minutes to UPRM, depending on the traffic. Take the first road near the end of the airport parking lot and head south. You will drive for ~0.5-1.0 miles along a quite stretch of road until you hit a “T” intersection. Turn right (west), and drive until you hit a traffic light (~1 mile). Turn left (South) at the intersection with Highway 2. You are now on Highway 2 going south. From here just follow the same instructions as above.