When Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico last September, it caused massive devastation. The costliest hurricane in Puerto Rican history, the storm effectively destroyed the island’s power grid, paralyzed running water services, and knocked out cellular service.
Puerto Rico has made significant strides toward recovery, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. More than 200,000 people were still without power as of earlier this month, and Puerto Rico’s manufacturing sector is still heavily incapacitated.
The tourism sector, however, is making it’s big comeback. Tourism represents a major part of the Puerto Rico’s economy — nearing 10% of its GDP — so the return to normalcy for Puerto Rico’s resorts, beaches, and tour operators is of paramount importance.
For travelers hoping to head somewhere warm, tropical, or beachy (or all three!) during the final throes of winter or later this spring, consider visiting Puerto Rico. Not only will you have a great trip, but your tourism dollars will contribute to the American territory’s economy, directly helping the island recover.
Travel blogger Christina Saull documented her trip to Puerto Rico last month, and found that the city of San Juan was open and ready for business.
For a long weekend, flights were a quarter of the price compared with flights to Florida, and she found that the city’s beaches, pools, restaurants, and historic sites were all running smoothly.
Take a look below to find some inspiration for your trip to Puerto Rico — these are just a few of the hotels and resorts in Puerto Rico that have reopened since the storm.
The Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan
This “premier boutique luxury property” is located in the heart of the historic old San Juan neighborhood. Reopening in December, this historic hotel is, according to Saull, “an oasis of luxury lodging.” The hotel features two restaurants, an outdoor pool, and gorgeous rooms. Best of all, rates are reasonable for this tier of hotel.
The InterContinental San Juan Resort
Located on the beautiful Isla Verde Beach, this full-service resort offers a massive pool and seven restaurants, as well as easy transportation to the airport and Old San Juan. For adults, the pool-side bar is a highlight, and guests describe the service as virtually perfect.
The Hix Island House, Vieques
Disconnect and enjoy a romantic escape to this tiny island off the main island of Puerto Rico’s east coast. The ecologically designed hotel features loft-style rooms with unbeatable views, as well as a relaxing pool and spa services. The hotel is just a few minutes away from the famous Vieques bioluminescent bay.
The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort
This Rio Grande-area hotel on main island’s northeast corner reopened this month, and features a private beach, three pools, a golf course, tennis courts, a casino, and eight restaurants and bars. With beautiful facilities and renowned service, it’s perfect for families, couples, and groups.
The Qué Chévere Hotel
Rincon, Puerto Rico’s “town of beautiful sunsets,” is a beach town on the western coast of the island, famous for its surfing and slow pace. Airbnbs are a great option here, as it’s not a real resort town, but there are plenty of great hotels, too, such as the well-reviewed Qué Chévere hotel.