Puerto Rico is open for tourism. That’s the message from Discover
Puerto Rico CEO Brad Dean, who reported that San Juan welcomed close to 15,000
visitors from three cruise ships on Jan. 9.
A state of emergency remains in place in southwestern Puerto
Rico, which was impacted by earthquakes on Jan. 6 and 7. “Travelers should not
be dissuaded by the state of emergency. Gov. Wanda Vazquez has kept that in
place to continue to ensure that those in need receive adequate government
funding and support,” Dean said.
Source: Discover Puerto Rico
Dean said power in Old San Juan has been fully restored. “It’s
business as usual at all major hotels,” Dean said.
Flights are operating normally to and from airports in San
Juan, Ponce and Aguadilla. Taxi and rideshare options are available. Ferry
services to and 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 all areas
around San Juan are open for business.
Two tourism sites, Punta Ventana in Guayanilla and the Ruins
of the Lighthouse in Guanica reported damage, along with several hotels and
many homes and businesses in southwestern Puerto Rico.