All airports across the island are open and operational day and night, with Luis Munoz Marin Airport in San Juan averaging 110 daily flights. Capacity is on the rise, with a current monthly seat volume of 391,000, as of Feb. 19. By July, seat capacity will increase by 81,000 and air access will be on par with levels of summer 2017. Growth is driven by newly established routes and existing frequency in addition to larger aircraft that results in higher seat capacity. The airport is served by Air Antilles Express, American Airlines, Air Century, Air Sunshine, Allegiant, Avianca, Cape Air, Condor, Copa, Delta, Frontier, InterCaribbean Airways, JetBlue, Liat, Pawa Dominicana, Seaborne, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, Tradewinds Aviation, United and Vieques Air Link.
Nearly six months after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017, 90% of the island has electric power, 98% has telecommunications services, 95% of Puerto Rico has running water (96.5% in San Juan). All hospitals are operational and more than 1,580 ATMs throughout the island are working.
The statistics were provided by the Puerto Rican government, which warned that much work remains to be done and crews were still finding unexpected damage. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that power will be restored to all of Puerto Rico by May.
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Hotels and resorts
Currently there are 125 out of 149 Puerto Rico Tourism Co.-endorsed hotels open, representing 83% of accommodations, along with hundreds of Airbnb listings and paradores (small, family-run inns). These numbers represent approximately 12,458 rooms, with 2,670 additional rooms being revamped.
The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort reopens on March 1, El San Juan Hotel-Curio Collection by Hilton on Oct. 1, Caribe Hilton and Condado Lagoon Villas on July 1, Cofresi Beach Resort in Cabo Rojo on March 15, Comfort Inn San Juan on May 1, Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve on Oct. 1, El Canario by the Lagoon on June 18 and the new Serafina Beach Hotel opens in San Juan on March 20.
Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar Beach & Golf Resort and Embassy Suites Hotel & Casino in San Juan will reopen in April, Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado on June 1, Hotel St. Regis Bahia Beach on Aug. 31, Melia Coco Beach Puerto Rico on Nov. 1, Condado Plaza Hilton on July 1, Verdanza Hotel on April 1 and W Retreat & Spa in Vieques on Dec. 31. The Ritz-Carlton San Juan is not accepting reservations at this time.
Hotels that are closed and/or have not announced reopening dates
include Blue Horizon Boutique Resort, Casa Flamboyant, Casa Grande
Mountain Retreat, Coral by the Sea, Dos Angeles del Mar Guest House,
Great Escape, Hacienda Gripinas, Hyatt Hacienda del Mar, Malecon House,
Parador Costa del Mar, Parador Guanica 1929, Parador Mauna Caribe, Plaza
de Armas Hotel, Villa Doral Guest House and the Wyndham Garden at
Palmas del Mar.
There is no reopening date at this time for El Conquistador Waldorf Astoria and Las Casitas Village. According to a statement from the hotel: "We sustained significant damages following Hurricane Maria and have been unable to reopen. We are still determining the best course of action for repairs and rebuilding and will provide updates as progress is made."
Puerto Rico will add 3,800 more rooms to its inventory by 2019, representing a 25% increase. Some of the new hotel developments under way include JW Marriott, ALOFT San Juan Convention Center, ALOFT Ponce, Four Seasons Cayo Largo and O:LV Fifty Five. Approximately $1.9 billion will be injected into new developments and renovations.
Restaurants and attractions
Of Puerto Rico's 17 casinos, 16 are open.
More than 4,000 restaurants are open island-wide. More than 1,885 restaurants, including franchises, are open in Condado, Old San Juan and the Santurce area.
More than 133 tourist attractions and 13 golf courses are open. Tourist attractions open to visitors include major sites and activities such as Old San Juan, El Morro Castle, Museum of Art, Cueva Ventana in Arecibo, catamaran rides in Fajardo, trail rides in Isabela, Museo Parque de Bombas and the Museum of Art in Ponce, Rain Forest zip line in Rio Grande, Bacardi distillery tours in Toa Baja and luminescent tours in Vieques.
El Yunque National Forest remains closed, but there is some accessibility to the lowers paths and rivers. The forest is greening up again.
The cruise port is open, and more than 110 shore excursions are available. The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. reported that more than 170,000 homeport passengers embarked from San Juan through mid-February. A total of 58 ships is calling in San Juan in March.