When My beautiful wife Deb and I return to San Juan at end of our cruise, our flight out is 230pm. With the new baggage rules since 911, we would like to go to the airport...check in (i have heard one can check in up to 4 hours before flight (???)) so we can get rid of our baggage......then take a taxi to Old San Juan to shop. Question is ...how much and how far to Old San Juan by taxi?? Your help would be greatly appreciated.
In my opinion there really is nothing special about shops in Old San Juan. Certainly nothing like other stops on your cruise. I believe the taxi will be about $18.00. They have flat rates from the airport.
Personally, I would consider taking a taxi to a nearby hotel and have a nice lunch. Such as the Wyndham El San Juan.
Only problem I can see with your plan, its about 30-45 minutes to the airport from the pier and then you want to go back again, another at least half an hour, plus you will have to wait and check your bags in, just not sure if there will be enough time for all that?? I've heard the airport in San Juan takes a lot of time to check-in, etc. The lunch at the Wyndham in Old San Juan sounds like the better idea, but still make sure to have enough time to get to the airport 2 hours before the flight? Have a great time.