Puerto Rico is welcoming visitors with the kick-off its winter season on Dec. 20, with more than 100 hotels and four thousands restaurants open and eager for guests following the island’s devastation by Hurricane Maria this fall.
The opening date of the tourism season marks three months of recovery since Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
According to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company more than 100 hotels and 4,000 restaurants are operating, while major tourism attractions across the island have been cleaned up and restored.
“It’s been the continued collaboration with Governor Ricardo Rossello’s team and tourism industry partners that has resulted in tremendous progress and we’re thrilled to be officially open for tourism,” said Jose Izquierdo, executive director of the PRTC. “Tourism is a vital contributor to the Island’s economy, so reaching these milestones not only will help build a stronger, better Puerto Rico but showcases the resiliency in our people and destination.”
Major travel and tourism milestones include:
- All airports are fully operational, with approximately 70 flights per day across 27 different major commercial airlines. San Juan International airport (SJU) continues to have daily nonstop service from 17 major airports in mainland U.S. Additional nonstop flights are operating from Canada, Germany, Panama, Colombia, Dominican Republic and other islands from the Caribbean.
- More than 75 percent of hotels are operational and taking reservations, as first-responders depart the island. These include iconic hotels like El San Juan Hotel, along with new properties including Solace by the Sea in Ponce.
- Close to 60 cruise shore excursions are available and San Juan has secured more than 70 transit calls from cruise lines through the end of January 2018. Furthermore, 80,000 homeport passengers have embarked from San Juan over the last two months, and 85,000 more are expected to do so through January 31, 2018, proving once again the importance of Puerto Rico as a major Caribbean hub and sightseeing destination.
- There are 107 operating tourist attractions across the Island, including major sites like Old San Juan, the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Cueva Ventana, among others.
- A total of 1,673 restaurants are open in the San Juan area and thousands more across the Island.
- Ground transportation is operating as usual. If arriving by air or sea, taxis and public transportation are at your fingertips. Twenty-four major car rental companies are also open, with dealers across the Island should travelers want to venture off and explore.
Beyond Christmas, the holidays are extended through Jan. 6 with Three Kings Day, as the Three Wise Men travel throughout the island visiting families. Old San Juan, meanwhile, holds its biggest holiday celebration, and continues through the end of January for the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián, a culmination of the holiday season full of music, food, and drinks.
The PRTC is launching a holiday video series across its See Puerto Rico social channels that highlights the holiday season on the island.
For more information, including details on attractions, hotels, restaurants and more, visit SeePuertoRico.com. For other island updates (including information related to hospitals, ATMs, supermarkets, etc.), visit http://status.pr/.
Visitors with questions can call the PRTC hotline at 787-522-5960, or talk to us via Live Chat online.