Puerto Rico Tourism Update 2020

Updated January 29, 2020

It's no secret that Puerto Rico has had a hard go of things lately. Political upheaval and continuing recovery efforts post-Hurricane Maria make frequent headlines. But 2020 is an excellent time to visit Puerto Rico. This short Puerto Rico tourism update includes everything you need to know about traveling to Puerto Rico in 2020. 

Benefit from insider knowledge when you travel to Puerto Rico—work with one of our local trip planners to build your trip. Basically, it's like having a best friend in Puerto Rico. Learn more


JANUARY 20th, 2020 UPDATE: A couple of strong quakes have rocked Puerto Rico recently. However, our friends at Discover Puerto Rico report that "Puerto Rico continues to be open for tourism, and the people of Puerto Rico are eager to welcome you to our island. Recent earthquakes impacted the southern coast of our Island only." 

Looking for an update from someone on the ground? We encourage you to message one of our local trip planners for advice about traveling to Puerto Rico. 


"Linelly helped us beyond anything we could've planned ourselves. Everything she suggested for us was spot-on, and I feel we got the best experience by following a local's guidance."
Kate, Recent Traveler
Kate, Recent Traveler

Tourism is thriving in Puerto Rico—and it supports the island's economy

Although parts of Puerto Rico are still recovering from Hurricane Maria, the island has made enormous strides—in fact, tourism demands are back to pre-Maria levels. And 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 the storm, 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."

This means every minute you spend enjoying piña coladas on the white sands of a pristine Puerto Rican beach, you’re aiding the island’s recovery effort. It's a win for you, and for the island's economy.

(Plus, 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:

Speaking of piña coladas, locals recommend getting a free sample at Barranchina in San Juan. They claim to have invented the drink! 

Puerto Rico is safe for travel

Make no mistake: some parts of Puerto Rico are still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. But for the majority of the island, including popular spots like San Juan, Ponce, Arecibo, it’s life as usual. You can stop worrying if it’s safe to travel to Puerto Rico right now—it is.

Enjoy insider tips and advice—if you're hoping to get off the beaten path in Puerto Rico (we recommend it!) work with one of our locals to design an itinerary that takes you away from the tourist hubs. You'll explore places that visitors normally miss, equipped with local knowledge about safety and things to do. 

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Let’s face it. People want different things when they travel. Rather than spending hours sifting through blogs and top 10 lists written by people who may have totally different interests than you, why not start by sharing a little about what’s important to you when exploring a new destination?
Enter your travel preferences below and we’ll connect you with a likeminded local in Puerto Rico to help you plan your trip based on your specific interests.

The hotels and beaches are open for business

Almost all of Puerto Rico’s hotels are open for business. The beaches are ready for swimming and sunbathing, and even remote places to visit like El Yunque rainforest are receiving visitors. 

Get local insights! One of our trip planners in Puerto Rico called El Yunque "a rite of passage for an adventurer" and recommended ending your hike with a dip in one of the rainforest's "deep blue pools."

Work with a local to plan your trip.
See a side most people miss.

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

If you travel to Puerto Rico right now 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.

And why travel like a tourist when you could see Puerto Rico like a local? Working with our trip planners is like having a best friend in Puerto Rico—someone who knows and loves the island, and can tailor their recommendations to your interests. 

Still have questions about travel to Puerto Rico?
Why not ask someone who lives there? ViaHero connects you with a local to help plan your trip. They’ll create a guidebook based on your personal travel style.
You’ll see a unique side of a destination and travel independently—all while saving time and money in the planning process. Find a local today.

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