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Drive to Ponce same night as arrive San Juan airport 8:30 pm

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Drive to Ponce same night as arrive San Juan airport 8:30 pm

I've never been to Puerto Rico before. I'm arriving in San Juan airport at 8:30 pm Friday night, destination Ponce, and wondering if it would make sense to pick up a rental car and drive straight to Ponce same night, or if that would be too crazy, and if I should stay at (expensive) airport hotel, and drive to Ponce next morning. Thoughts?

Is route between San Juan and Ponce well marked, easy to find way in the dark? Okay arriving in Ponce 11-12 pm?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice.

Tim

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11. Re: Drive to Ponce same night as arrive San Juan airport 8:30 pm

Just did that drive leaving SJU at 6 PM.

Highway 52 is good for a while than becomes rough, unlighted and many parts don't have any or highly faded lane markings.

Exits appear out of nowhere and if you are in the right lane you are exiting.

If you must do this drive at night, follow someone.

Returned in the daytime and enjoyed the view of the mountains.

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12. Re: Drive to Ponce same night as arrive San Juan airport 8:30 pm

Subscribing - similar note...I chose not to drive to the El Con from SJU at night for our upcoming trip. Driving unfamiliar roads in the dark when you dont fully know where you are going is not the best

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13. Re: Drive to Ponce same night as arrive San Juan airport 8:30 pm

Actually, FWIW, I'm the OP, and I made the trip as described, and had no problems. Made it to Ponce without issue in 1.5 hours, and spent the night there and woke up in good shape for a weekend of exploring Ponce and region, which I had a lot of fun doing.

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14. Re: Drive to Ponce same night as arrive San Juan airport 8:30 pm

Thanks for coming back and sharing your experience.

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15. Re: Drive to Ponce same night as arrive San Juan airport 8:30 pm

yes thanks.

would love a real comprehensive trip report. you don't have to do it here, you can work on it over time then cut and paste t here

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