3 Summer Travel Tips for an Amazing Puerto Rico Vacation
Summer is happening, and that means millions of Americans are actively finalizing summer travel plans. With easy access (only a three-hour plane ride from the North East!), tons of adventures, and an aggressive program to combat Zika, Puerto Rico offers travelers a worry-free experience. Below are three key facts summer travelers need to know about Puerto Rico to get the most out of their summer vacation:
- Close to home – Puerto Rico is an easy and unique vacation destination.
No passport? No problem! Because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, passports are not required for travel and with more than 70 flights leaving the U.S. daily for the island, travelers can easily choose when they would like to visit.
Once in Puerto Rico, the opportunities for a fun trip are endless. Visitors can choose to have a relaxed vacation spent laying out on famous Flamenco Beach; they can explore the rich history and authentic culture of Old San Juan; they can embrace their daredevil side by zip-lining through El Yunque National Rainforest…the possibilities are endless.
- Bug Off! – Mosquito bites can be easily avoided in Puerto Rico.
DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535 (OLE)/para-menthane-diol (PMD)…. No these aren’t new glam perfume, they’re insect repellents that help visitors deal with pesky bugs like mosquitos. Like any Caribbean destination, a trip to Puerto Rico means dealing with a few pests, but to enjoy all the natural beauty of the island it’s important to protect against mosquito bites. Using EPA-registered insect repellents like DEET is the best defense against being bitten by mosquitos in Puerto Rico. When wearing sunscreen, travelers should apply sunscreen first, and then put on their insect repellent once the sunscreen has dried.
Another key to avoiding mosquito bites? Keep as much skin covered as possible, especially when traveling through the rainforest or areas that may have standing water. Wearing long, thin layers and light colors can help travelers stay cool in the heat and protected from the bugs.
Staying in air-conditioned rooms and keeping windows and balcony doors closed at night can prevent mosquitos from entering your hotel rooms
- Embracing the Power of P – Puerto Rico is focused on Preparation, Prevention, and Precaution to protect its residents and visitors.
Travelers to the island can rest assured that Puerto Rico is working actively and aggressively to prepare the island and control the spread of Zika. Since day one, Puerto Rico and the tourism industry have been working in close collaboration with the CDC and the local Department of Public Health to ensure that its hotels and tourist attractions are prepared to combat the Zika virus.
Puerto Rico is helping to prevent the spread of the Zika virus by spraying public areas with mosquito repellent, eliminating mosquito breeding grounds. The government has also established a 3-1-1 telephone hotline and Twitter account to make it easy for business owners, residents, hotels and visitors to report high-risk areas where mosquitos may be breeding.
Puerto Rico is taking every precaution possible when it comes to keeping visitors and residents safe from Zika. This includes ensuring that all health services are prepared to handle Zika cases, providing safety tips to hotel guests, and assuring travelers that—unless they are pregnant planning to start a family in the near future—they can have a worry-free experience in Puerto Rico, simply by taking the necessary precautions to protect against mosquito bites.
With epic rainforests, pristine beaches, unbeatable shopping and delicious food, Puerto Rico is an amazing destination for all travelers. By following just a few simple precautions, it’s easy to have a worry-free island vacation. For more information on the Zika virus and how Puerto Rico is keeping its citizens and guests safe, visit www.puertoriconow.seepuertorico.com