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Puerto Rico Tourism Update 2020

Updated September 15, 2020

It's no secret that Puerto Rico has had a hard go of things lately. But the island is a fantastic place to visit—and it's totally possible to start planning your trip!

For everything from safety tips to restaurant recommendations, work with a local to plan your trip. No one knows Puerto Rico like the locals do. Learn more.

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Kate, Recent Traveler
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When will it be safe to travel to Puerto Rico?

So, when will Puerto Rico be safe for travel?

Here's the latest:

September 14th: Puerto Rico opened for travelers on July 15th. But because of a spike in coronavirus cases, Puerto Rico then rescinded many of its reopening policies. 

However, a recent drop in cases has led to a relaxation of many coronavirus policies. Beaches are now open for all. Restaurants are open at 50% capacity. 

Travelers will need to provide a negative COVID test upon entry. Travelers without a test result will have to take one upon arrival. Anyone who tests positive—or who refuses to be tested—will be quarantined for fourteen days.

If you go to Puerto Rico, you'll also have to comply with Puerto Rican safety policies like wearing a mask. Locals can help explain other rules you’ll need to follow. 

Tourism supports the island's economy

Tourism dollars majorly help the economy. The CEO of Discover Puerto Rico, Brad Dean, noted that tourism makes up 10% of Puerto Rico's GDP. Following Hurricane Maria in 2017, he said: "The people of Puerto Rico have shown great resiliency...they are writing the textbook on how to use tourism to fuel economic recovery."

As Puerto Rico reopens, tourism dollars will be vital to the island's economy. You can help out by working with a local to plan your trip. Locals will give you insider info about the top Puerto Rican beachesand you’ll help support the island’s recovery. It’s a win-win.

When you connect with a Puerto Rico local to plan your trip, more than two-thirds of the flat fee goes directly into their pocket.

Local Tip:

Are piña coladas on your Puerto Rico bucket list? Get a free sample at Barranchina in San Juan. They claim to have invented the drink! 

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Puerto Rico is reopening for travel

Is it safe to travel to Puerto Rico right now? The country will officially open for tourism on July 15th. That being said, visitors will have to take extra precautions, like wearing masks and maintaining distance in public areas. 

One way to avoid the crowds? Skip the tourist traps and explore local favorites instead. Our locals in Puerto Rico will design an itinerary that includes places that tourists normally miss—plus, they'll provide local knowledge about how to stay safe. 

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It’s easy to travel to Puerto Rico on a budget

As if you needed another reason to visit Puerto Rico, you should know that it’s an inexpensive vacation. Although Puerto Rico uses the US dollar (remember: it is a US territory), the cost of living in Puerto Rico is much lower than it is on the mainland. For example, restaurant prices are, on average, about 25% lower in Puerto Rico than in the continental US.

You can also find tons of great hostels in Puerto Rico, as well as good deals on boutique hotels

Puerto Rico is simply incredible

Traveling to Puerto Rico means you're in for a real adventure—whether that means exploring old forts in San Juan, surfing in Rincon, sipping piña coladas in Ponce, or enjoying the white sands of Playa Flamenco.

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