Despite being hit by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday (Jan. 7), tourism officials insist Puerto Rico is open for business, and continues to welcome a record number of visitors to the island.
According to Discover Puerto Rico, yesterday alone, the island received close to 15,000 tourists from three cruise ships into the San Juan Cruise Port in Old San Juan, where power has been fully restored. All major hotels are business as usual (with and without generators). The earthquake struck off shore near Ponce, southern Puerto Rico, which several hours away from popular tourist spot Old San Juan.
All flights are operating normally to/from the San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin, Ponce and Aguadilla airports. Taxis and ride share options are also available. Ferry service to/from Vieques and Culebra are running.
The Ponce Cruise Port, the Puerto Rico Convention Center, and major attractions such as El Morro, El Yunque, San Cristobal Fort, and hotels throughout the northern region of Puerto Rico, including all areas around San Juan, continue to be open for business. A small number of hotel properties in the southern region were affected. Two tourism sites (of the vast number across the Island), Punta Ventana in Guayanilla and the Ruins of the Lighthouse in Guánica, reported damages.
The Government of Canada advises travellers to Puerto Rico to exercise normal safety precautions, and has not advised against travel to the island.
For the latest information and updates, visit www.discoverpuertorico.com.
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