San Juan, Puerto Rico is a city that’s colorful, beautiful, and rich in history. While it’s hard to forget the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, the good news is that Puerto Rico reopened its doors to tourism at the end of December. Many resorts, restaurants, beaches, historic areas of Old San Juan, and attractions are open now and are eager to welcome visitors. In fact, the city was just named one of the World’s Top 10 Cities for Travel in 2018, so you’re officially invited to the island to be part of the comeback.
Simply put, spending money on a Puerto Rico vacation in 2018 not only gets you a memorable trip, but your tourism dollars will help reestablish the island, too. The more people that visit, the faster the area can be rebuilt.
If you’ve ever yearned for the chance to plan a vacation and do some serious earthly good at the same time, there’s no better opportunity. In an effort to help restore some of the environmental splendor of the region, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company is hosting an ongoing series of Rebuild Days. These events help residents and visitors alike participate in meaningful work to help restore many of Puerto Rico’s natural attractions around the island. The list is always changing, so be sure to check back regularly.
As we mentioned, many of the restaurants in San Juan are back up and running and ready to open their doors and their kitchens to hungry visitors. You can eat your way around the island and help boost the economy while you’re at it! Here are a few of our favorite spots to get you started:
Puerto Rico is well known for its beautiful landscape and ecotourism, and the island is home to 20 different state forests. While it’s most famous, El Yunque National Forest, still needs time to recover before it will be open to tourists again, there’s a long list of other amazing things to experience. Wander the streets of Old San Juan’s historic district, take in an impressive five-century-year-old fort, or take a dip in a bucket-list-worthy bioluminescent bay.
Last-minute getaways should be all about ease of travel, and San Juan fits the bill. As a U.S. territory, no passport is required for U.S. citizens which also means no customs or immigration either. The majority of Puerto Ricans speak English and the official currency is the U.S. dollar, so you don’t even need to worry about exchange rates. It doesn’t get much easier to feel worlds away while still comfortably at home.
Taylor is the partner and promotional Social Media Manager at Sun Country Airlines. What she loves most? Sun Country’s love of all things Minnesota and the airline’s focus on making everyone – from crew to passengers – feel right at home. If she were hopping on a flight tomorrow, she’d be headed west to Portland or south to Puerto Vallarta.