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The people of Puerto Rico proved their determination and versatility after Hurricane Maria, the worst local natural disaster on record, did so much catastrophic damage in September of 2017. The hurricane cost $91.61 billion in damages and had wind gusts of 175 mph. It also resulted in a fatality count of 3,057 people.

The residents and official tourism agencies, such as the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, a governmental organization, embarked on a campaign that was determined to encourage tourism within just months. This would allow the hotels, restaurants, retail outlets, museums, attractions and other surviving businesses to have funds for repairing and rebuilding their enterprises.

Puerto Rico has always been an easy and enjoyable getaway for tourists from the United States because no passport is required and there are many direct flights from major cities. Amazingly, only three months after Hurricane Maria, the island declared itself open for tourism again. A recent report said that 90% of hotels are up and running, and more than 4,000 restaurants and 186 attractions are open for visitors.

Puerto Rico is an enchanting United States territory island of exciting adventure, history, centuries-old castles, spectacular rainforests, discoveries, exquisite dining, fun, and the best beaches in the Caribbean.

The following are some of the recommended attractions for you to explore when you visit:

Old San Juan is the oldest settlement and historic colonial section of the city. Take a walking or segway tour and discover key historic sites, colorful buildings, charming streets and gain insight into the local culture.

Gilligan’s Island, named after the TV show, is off the coast of Guánica and has a crystal clear natural pool that is perfect for swimming, kayaking, and snorkeling.

El Yunque National Forest is the only United States Forest System subtropical rainforest. It could take 50 to 100 years for the forest to completely recover from the hurricane because of so many slow-growing species that are there.

Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge features salt flats and the Combate Beach coastline trails of this U.S. National Wildlife Refuge, which is a paradise for bird-watching enthusiasts.

Toro Verde is the longest zip line in the Americas, called the Monster. It employs a specially designed harness that makes the rider soar through the air across over 1.5 miles while reaching a speed of up to 95 mph and at an altitude of 853 feet high.

Puerto Rico is grateful for all who traveled to help after the hurricane, but the people who vacation here are also doing their part to help our economy rebuild.