Perhaps you were planning on spending your vacation in Puerto Rico or you may have already booked your stay in the coming weeks or months in order to enjoy all the good things that a tropical destination can offer. A month ago Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, ravaging through the island and damaging the island’s infrastructure.
All the headlines about Puerto Rico on the media are chaotic and not vacation inspiring, you read the news and all you see are photos of destruction, flooding, distraught residents with lack of power and other essential resources.
Please keep in mind that the news are reporting on the parts of the island that were heavily hit by Hurricane Maria, islanders living in the mountains, residential areas affected with flooding are the ones facing the most challenges.
Most parts of the island have made tremendous progress with clean up. Now residents mostly await on the restoration of electricity and communications. If you were to drive around the main roads and tourist areas, you will see a very different picture of what the news media shows.
The tourism industry is committed to continue sharing the beauty of Puerto Rico and providing excellent service to visitors. Contrary to what the media is saying or perhaps not saying, tourism is not dead in Puerto Rico; hotels and resort communities have been hard at work restoring their properties in order to continue offering guests fantastic experiences. By the end of October most of the hotels will be fully operational and taking reservations for the upcoming travel season, see this link for list of status of hotels. A few properties suffered more damaged and may take longer to re-open.
Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) is fully operational, welcoming domestic and international visitors.
Already booked your vacation? Should you cancel your trip, rebook for a later date?
October bookings – If you booked your vacation for travel through the month of October, be sure to call your hotel or booking agency for an update on the conditions of hotel. You may also consider re-booking for a later date when things have normalized further on the island. The beaches of Puerto Rico, Vieques & Culebra are not ready for visitors and we certainly want everyone to experience their beauty and allure.
November Bookings – (November 2nd update). Many hotels, small inns and resorts are open and taking reservations, however most of the rooms are reserved by hurricane relief workers and volunteers. Beaches are looking prettier, the waters are returning back to their color and clarity. Community organizations are working on cleaning the beaches.
If you booked a trip to Vieques or Culebra, be advised that they still have no electricity or running water. We suggest you cancel and re-schedule for a later date in order to help the island recover with your tourism dollars support. The little islands will need more time to recover in order to provide visitors with a great vacation experience.
The National Hurricane Service stated on their facebook page: (translated from Spanish) – There is not a single tropical wave in the Atlantic today. Africa is stopping producing tropical waves. Signs that the end of the 2017 hurricane season is near. Currently the conditions in the central Atlantic are very hostile for development. So between Africa and the Caribbean, you do not have to worry about anything until the summer of next year. – “No hay ni una sola onda tropical en el Atlántico actualmente. Africa está dejando de producir ondas tropicales. Señales de que el fin de la temporada de huracanes 2017 está cerca. Actualmente las condiciones en el Atlántico central son muy hostiles para desarrollo. Así que entre Africa y el Caribe, ya no hay que preocuparse en nada hasta el verano del año que viene.”
December Bookings – This is a wonderful time to come to Puerto Rico, Christmas season kicks in by Thanksgiving. We expect Puerto Rico will celebrate Christmas and life more than ever after enduring and overcoming such difficult challenges. The island will be decorated with colorful lights, and will be ready to welcome visitors in the upcoming travel season with a renewed spirit. The beaches ought to be in back to their normal glory.
Your travel dollars will certainly make a great contribution to the island during this difficult time. We appreciate your continued support.
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