Three weeks after the passing of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's tourism industry has come together to move forward on a path to recovery. With a full industry assessment almost complete, the island's airports and cruise ports are fully operational and major hotels are expected to take new reservations beginning this week.
"We expect to welcome visitors to the Island in the weeks ahead, especially those looking to travel with a purpose as we're working to finalize compelling voluntourism activities for those who want to head out beyond San Juan and help the communities in greater need," said Jose Izquierdo, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC).
The Luis Muoz Marin International Airport is fully operational, with scheduled domestic and international flights. Airports in Aguadilla, Ponce, Ceiba, Isla Grande and Vieques are operational and offering limited service.
The PRTC is in direct communication with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association partners. San Juan Harbor is open and resumed homeport operations with the departure of Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas on Oct. 7. The schedule now is weekly.
Viking will resume its homeport schedule from San Juan on Oct. 27.
Carnival Cruise Line's Fascination canceled its four-month schedule of cruises from San Juan. The ship has been chartered by FEMA for use in St. Croix to house relief workers and will resume year-round cruising from San Juan on Feb. 15.
Carnival Cruise Line will resume calls in San Juan on Nov. 30, according to a message posted by Christine Duffy, president, Carnival Cruise Line on Oct. 21.
Beyond San Juan, the following ports are open with restrictions (daylight transit only): Guayanilla, Tallaboa, Salinas, Fajardo, Culebra, Vieques and Guayama.
More than 80 hotel properties are open and most taking new reservations for the upcoming months. Following are the dates that hotels are expected to reopen:
AC Hotel San Juan Condado (Oct. 22)
Aquaris Club Boquern (TBD)
At Wind Chimes Boutique Hotel (Oct. 22)
Best Western Condado Palm Inn & Suites (started taking reservations Oct. 2)
Canario Boutique Hotel (Oct. 22)
Caribe Hilton (Nov. 1)
Cielo Mar Hotel (Oct. 2)
Cofres Beach Hotel (Oct. 2)
Combate Beach Hotel (Oct. 2)
Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa (Oct. 18)
Comfort Inn San Juan (Oct. 22)
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel (Oct. 2)
Coral by the Sea Hotel (TBD)
Coral Princess Hotel (Oct. 22)
Courtyard by Marriott Aguadilla (Dec. 3)
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach (Oct. 2)
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (Jan. 8)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Juan (Oct. 2)
El Canario by the Lagoon, closed until further notice
El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort (Jan. 1)
El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection, closed until further notice
Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar Beach Resort (Oct. 31)
Embassy Suites San Juan Hotel & Casino (Oct. 31)
ESJ Azul (Oct. 15)
Estancia La Jamaica (Oct. 2)
Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real, (Jan. 1)
Gran Melia (TBD)
Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan (Oct. 31)
Hilton Condado Lagoon Villa, (Nov. 1)
Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort (Oct. 31)
Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado Hotel (Oct. 22)
Holiday Inn Mayagez (Oct. 2)
Hotel El Convento (Oct. 2)
Hotel Miramar (Oct. 22)
Hotel Villa Montaa & Spa (Oct. 22)
Howard Johnson Mayagez (Oct. 2)
Hyatt Hacienda del Mar, Dorado (Oct. 22)
Hyatt House San Juan (Oct. 15)
Hyatt Place San Juan (Oct. 23)
Hyatt Residence Club Dorado, closed until further notice
InterContinental San Juan, Isla Verde (Oct. 22)
La Concha Resort (Dec. 1)
Las Casitas Village at El Conquistador (TBD)
Mayagez Resort & Casino (Oct. 2)
Parador Boquemar (Oct. 2)
Parador Gunica 1929 (Oct. 8)
Parador Turtle Bay (TBD)
Parador Villa Parguera (Oct. 2)
Parador Villas del Mar Hau (TBD)
Rincon of the Seas y Villa Antonio, closed until further notice
Rincon Beach Resort (TBD)
Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel & Casino, (Jan. 1)
Royal Isabela (TBD)
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (Nov. 1)
San Juan Water Beach Club (Oct. 31)
Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino (Dec. 1)
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino (Jan. 9)
St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort (Dec. 1)
The Condado Plaza Hilton (Jan. 1)
The Lazy Parrot Inn, Rincon (Oct. 22)
The Wave Hotel (Oct. 22)
Verdanza Hotel (Oct. 15)
Villa Cofres (TBD)
Villa Montaa Beach Resort (Dec. 15)
W Retreat & Spa in Vieques (Jan. 1)
Wyndham Garden at Palmas Del Mar, closed until further notice
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa (Dec. 1)
The 12-room Dreamcatcher bed and breakfast hotel in San Juan's Ocean Park neighborhood reopened with limited service Oct. 6.
For a full list of the status of hotels, visit http://puertoriconow.seepuertorico.com/hotels.
While an island-wide assessment of
historic and other tourist attractions is still underway, a number of
key attractions have already opened, including the Puerto Rico Museum
of Art in Santurce and the Ponce Museum of Art. Bacardi tours will open
to the public on Nov. 1. El Morro and other San Juan historic sites are
expected to open in the coming weeks.
Main transportation companies, as well, as taxi drivers, are fully operating and providing ongoing service to visitors. Local travel agencies are operating and also providing service to travelers. The Mall of San Juan and Plaza las Americas are open for shoppers.