Sleeping in Airports

Sleeping in San Juan Airport

sleeping in san juan airportWhether your situation calls for a short nap or an overnight slumber, this sleep guide will give you the essential information needed to prepare you for sleeping in San Juan Airport.

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This guide was last updated: 5 November 2019. Read the latest traveller reviews.

Sleeping in San Juan Airport Overnight

The San Juan Airport is open 24-hours, but once security checkpoints close at night, all travellers must relocate to the pre-Security, public areas of the terminals. You’ll have to process through Security in the early morning.

Locations & Seating

Airport Sleep GuideDuring the day, Terminals A and B may offer the most comfortable sleep spots, particularly the hallway connecting them, which is quiet. Terminal C was recently renovated, so it’s worth a check. Seating is somewhat limited, but keep your eyes peeled for an occasional bench. If you’re spending the night, you’ll have to stick to the pre-Security areas, where your likeliest option will be the floor. Do bring a sleep mat, blanket, or sleeping bag to provide much-needed cushion and warmth.

Rest Zones

At the time of this update, there are no designated rest zones within the airport.

Temperature

Temperatures seem to run from chilly to freezing.  Arrive prepared with a blanket or even a sleeping bag. A hoodie provides extra warmth if the terminal gets even colder.

Lighting

At the time of this update, we have not received reports from travellers related to terminal brightness.  Come prepared with eyeshades or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Noise

Daytime sleepers can expect to hear frequent announcements, music and TV blaring, and chatter from nearby travellers and airport workers. At night, the airport does quiet down considerably, but you’ll have to stay in the pre-Security areas. If there are many other travellers, it may get a bit noisy. Come prepared with earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. If you chose a spot near any eateries, keep in mind that the staff arrive early and they can get pretty loud in the kitchen.

Showers

Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up.

Food & Drink

We are unable to confirm whether any 24-hour food concessions are available, so stock up on food and water before eateries and convenience stores close for the night.

Security & Safety

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at San Juan Airport. As a precaution, here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe airport sleeping experience:

  • Know Where Security is Located. Whether you are sleeping in the airport by yourself or with friends, it is good to know where security is. Know where their office is located and look for video cameras in the spot you decide to stay the night. Ask security where it is safe to spend the night. They’ve probably seen many airport sleepers before you and they will direct you to a safe spot.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you are travelling alone we recommend that you sleep near other travellers. If you are sleeping in the public zone, make sure they are actual travellers and not homeless people – it is sometimes hard to tell in certain airports.
  • Hide Your Valuables. Don’t leave all your mobile devices out in plain view. We have received reports from people who woke up with earphones and no ipod and a laptop bag strap and no laptop bag (or laptop). Same goes with important documents and money. Keep these secure on your body, so that no one can get them without waking you up.
  • Secure Your Bags. If you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something. If your bags have zippers turn the bag upside down (zippers to the floor) or sleep with your bag up against the wall, so that it would be hard for someone to access.
  • Choose to Stay Alert. If you don’t feel safe, drink coffee and stay awake and be alert. You can always sleep on the plane!

Pro-tip: If you are sleeping in the public zone, don’t be surprised if you receive an early morning wake-up call. Security is known to make the rounds waking people up as travellers begin to arrive for morning flights.

Lounges

While San Juan Airport has a pay-to-enter lounge, it does not have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you just want to relax in a comfortable seat, see our San Juan Airport Guide for details.

Hotels

Prefer some privacy and comfort? If you would like a good solid sleep between flights without leaving the airport, the San Juan Airport Hotel is located directly at the main terminal. A couple more hotels are located within a quick drive of the airport. See our San Juan Airport Guide for locations and details.

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