The status in Puerto Rico

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Puertu Rico before the hurricane

As readers will be aware, the US territory if Puerto Rico in the Caribbean was extensively damaged in the recent hurricane season. Coverage in the media was fairly extensive because of the US links and complaints that the US was not doing enough to help the locals.

Now that Puerto Rico is no longer “news,” here is a status report so that readers can decide whether it is time to consider a holiday on the island.

According to the local tourist organisation, 72%. of the hotels are open and operating (108 out of 149 endorsed hotels), especially those in the capital, San Juan, and are taking new reservations. For elsewhere on the island you will need to check. Thirty-five hotels are closed as a result of hurricane damage but re-openings are happening every week.

More than 450 restaurants, including franchises, are open for business, including restaurants in the Condado, Old San Juan and Santurce areas, 27 tour operators and 16 major car rental companies with 61 dealers throughout the island, are open for business.

The tourist board is also reporting that 66% of casinos are open, and about a third are open 24 hours per day.

Attractions currently open include:

• Boqueron town, Cabo Rojo
• La Paguera town, Lajas
• Schoenstatt Church, Cabo Rojo
• Old Ponce Firehouse Museum, Ponce
• Serralles Castle, Ponce
• The Watchman Cross, Ponce
• Vieques Boardwalk
• La Esperanza Town Boardwalk, Vieques
• Carabali Rainforest Adventure Park, Luquillo
• Niuyorican Café, Viejo San Juan
• Hacienda Munoz Coffee Plantation, San Lorenzo
• Ponce Museum of Art, Ponce
• Rainforest Zip Line, Rio Grande
• Las Cascadas Water Park, Aguadilla
• Punta Borinquen Golf Club, Aguadilla
• Cabo Rojo Convention Center, Cabo Rojo
• Bioluminescent Bay, Lajas
• Mayaguez Mall, Mayaguez
• Mayaguez Boardwalk, Mayaguez
• Mosquito Bay, Vieques
• Hacienda 8A, Las Piedras
• Cueva Ventana, Arecibo
• Casa Bacardi Tours

The airport is fully operational and airlines are resuming normal operations with approximately 70 flights per day, while the San Juan Port is open with 34 cruise shore excursions fully operational.

Just over a third of households have power and 83% of households now have running water. Hotels and attractions mostly have generators so they have been functioning apart from the few days after the hurricane. The bus services are up and running normally or as normal as they can be given the aftermath. About 90% of supermarkets are open, and about 85% of petrol stations are open and have fuel.

With some cruise ships having already docked, tourists have returned as have tour guides, souvenir shops have re-opened and the island wants you to book a holiday there as it will greatly help the economic rebirth of Puerto Rico

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