Puerto Rico & St. Maarten Officially Open for Tourism
Nearly three months after being pommeled by hurricanes Irma and Maria, Puerto Rico has officially reopened for tourism, according to a statement by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC). The island has seen incredible progress and is thrilled to be opening for tourism once again. Street life in San Juan is beginning to pick up, and stores and restaurants are open and ready for customers.
Over 100 hotels are open (approximately 75 percent of all hotels on the island) and 4,000 restaurants are open all across the island. Hotels are fully operating and accepting reservations. All airports are now fully operational as well, with 27 major commercial airlines flying in and out of San Juan International airport daily.
Cruises have returned to Puerto Rico, with nearly 60 cruise shore excursions available for travelers. Over the past two months, 80,000 passengers have embarked from San Juan, and it is estimated that 85,000 more will visit through January 1st.
Visitors can enjoy 107 operating tourist attractions on the island, including Old San Juan, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, and Cueva Ventana. In the San Juan area, there are 1,673 restaurants that are open, and even more across the island.
Viking Sea Arrives in St. Maarten
Viking Sea cruised into the Port of St. Maarten on Dec. 4 as the destination resumes tourism after being damaged in September by Hurricane Irma. This was the first cruise ship to arrive in St. Maarten in 13 weeks.
This marked an important turning point for the island, which was celebrated with a welcome banner, local music, stilt walkers, Carnival queens, and various street performers, while ministry and port officials greeted the Viking sea as it cruisers stepped from the ship onto St. Maarten land.
Similar celebrations are scheduled to greet Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas at the Port of St. Maarten as it is scheduled to arrive on December 17.
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