Five centuries ago, San Juan, Puerto Rico was an impenetrable, fortified city. Today, it is a city that’s colorful, beautiful, rich in history, and one of the top destinations in the Caribbean. September 20, 2018, marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall on the island, and a lot of work has been done since then to repair and restore the beauty and infrastructure of the island. In fact, because tourism is so central to the Puerto Rican economy, we want to help put travelers’ minds at ease so you can start planning your vacation now.
There is! Visitors will be able to enjoy the tropical scenery all day and step into a comfortable, air-conditioned hotel room in the evening, complete with WiFi. Water services and power generation have been restored 100%, according to Discover Puerto Rico, and there are more than 140 hotels (five amazing ones that we offer) that have reopened with more expected in the coming months.
You betcha! Puerto Rico is famous for its cuisine, and we would definitely recommend getting out and sampling the local flavors. You have your choice of more than 4,000 restaurants across the island, so you’re sure to find something perfect for your palate. You can eat your way around the island and help boost the economy while you’re at it!
Lots! In terms of things to see and do, there’s no shortage of options around Puerto Rico. You can rent a car, or take a taxi, and major highways between points of interest have all been repaired and are easy to navigate. All of the main beaches on the island are open, a bioluminescent bay is always an excellent choice, and the five-century-old Castillo San Felipe del Morro and colorful streets of Old San Juan are a must-see. Even select portions of El Yunque National Forest are starting to open (although it’s still best to check the park website for official details).
Absolutely! In short, the nightlife is just as lively as it’s ever been. Puerto Rico has a long-standing reputation of being warm and welcoming and that hasn’t changed. The historic and vibrant Old San Juan is the place to be when it comes to evening entertainment, and most of the action takes place on well-lit, busy streets. Whether you’re in the search of something classy and upscale, or funky, outdoor and lively, you’ll find it in Old San Juan.
Plenty! There’s always something to do, from culinary experiences to adventures in nature, and there’s no shortage of famous events to check out, either. Check out the San Sebastian Street Festival in January, the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest in March, or the Saborea Culinary Festival in April.
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