Travel insights from Andrea Sedlacek, editor of The Compass

Puerto Rico is Open and Welcoming Tourists after Recent Earthquakes

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.

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:

  • Drinking bottled water just as a precaution
  • Checking with any tourist attractions before visiting to ensure they are open
  • Keeping any plans you have to visit, because the best way to help the island rebuild is to keep its tourism economy going

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.

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