In early January, the island of Puerto Rico experienced a series of earthquakes with magnitudes reaching 6.4. The area of the island with the most impact was that around Ponce, on the southern side.
Though the earthquakes were some of the strongest the island has experienced in almost 100 years, tourism officials from Puerto Rico say that it’s business as usual in the main tourism area, including San Juan.
#PuertoRico continues to be open for tourism, and our people are eager to welcome you to our island. Recent earthquakes impacted the southern coast of our Island only–and yet even in the Southern region, some tourism businesses remain open. This map illustrates the recent impact. pic.twitter.com/ItLQcFTeVa— Discover Puerto Rico (@discover_PR) January 10, 2020
As of January 9, all flights are operating normally to and from San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin, Ponce and Aguadilla airports. Officials are recommending, however, that travelers flying out of those airports arrive earlier than normal, two or three hours before their flight, just as a precaution. The island’s cruise ports as well as taxi and ridesharing services are also operating as usual. A few other recommendations for travelers include:
The state of emergency was declared by Governor Wanda Vázquez as a precaution and to ensure the island receives the government resources they may need, so travelers should not let that dissuade them from visiting.