For those of us without much government influence, the situation in Puerto Rico is gut-wrenching. As a U.S. territory, the archipelago should have received full support in hurricane recovery efforts. Instead, there are still families struggling to secure safe housing after Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017.
One and a half years post-Maria, the resort industry in Puerto Rico is picking back up. Visitors to the mainland are helping in recovery efforts. Every dollar spent helps revitalize the local economy, though money invested in areas outside San Juan have special impact. They can also infuse your vacation with remarkable value.
Staying at Resorts in Puerto Rico
With Spring Break on the horizon, thousands of U.S. college students are Puerto Rico bound. The majority will stay at resorts, like
St. Regis Bahia Beach, or one of the many hotels familiar throughout the Caribbean – Hyatt, Holiday Inn, Doubletree.
Most will spend their entire stay at their resorts, eating, drinking and having a blast!
Must-Sees for Nature Lovers in Puerto Rico
Those who’d like a more authentic experience have plenty of options found just a ways off the beaten path.
The Northeast Ecological Corridor is home to more than 800 species of animals and plants, including the endangered Puerto Rican boa constrictor, West Indian manatee and the critically endangered black leatherneck sea turtle. Not only does the Corridor contain the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. Forest System, but it’s one of the top three nesting grounds in the country. Nature lovers will find plenty of adventures here during their trips.
You can also visit the Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Center at Inter American University, Bayamon campus. Learn about these lovable “sea cows” or spend the day as a manitee caregiver.
Then visit the Northwest of the island, where you’ll have a chance to explore the Camuy Caves, one of the most massive cave networks in this hemisphere, and the Arecibo Observatory, which features the world’s largest radar/radio telescope.
Finally, be sure to take in a trip to the bioluminescent bay in
Laguna Grande in Fajardo. What the heck does that mean? The water glows blue and green at night due to millions of microscopic marine life called
dinoflagellates. (Keep an eye on the lunar calendar, as moonlight can counter the effects.)
If that weren’t enough to convince you Puerto Rico is the right place for a nature-centric vacation, consider the Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Dorado, home to the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment, as well as some wonderful restaurants, a spa and traditional resort-style water activities. There are eco-activities for kids, adutls and for families so there’s truly something for everyone. They even offer nighttime hikes and snorkeling escapades.
Bonus? You don’t have to dish out top-price to stay at the resort in order to take part.
And now you can get there for less!
Flights from $44 one-way US to Puerto Rico
According to a new press release from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company,Allegiant Air has some affordable new flights from U.S. cities to Puerto Rico:
Seasonal, non-stop flights to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in San Juan, Puerto Rico include:
Raleigh to Puerto Rico: Raleigh / Durham, North Carolina, from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) beginning December 15, 2018 with twice a week frequency and rates starting at $ 93.00.
Cincinatti to Puerto Rico: Cincinnati, Ohio from Cincinnati / Kentucky North International Airport (CVG) beginning December 15, 2018 with weekly frequency and rates starting at $ 115.00.
Pittsburgh to Puerto Rico: Pittsburgh from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) beginning December 15, 2018 with weekly frequency and rates starting at $ 118.00.
Other budget airlines will take you from Orlando to PR for just $44 one-way, on select dates.
Not sure where to stay or what to do? Talk to Odd Birds Travel about creating the perfect trip.