As featured in SmarterTravel’s The 12 Best Places to Travel in 2019 and 10 Best U.S. Cities to Visit in 2019, Puerto Rico is a trending destination this year, and the musical Hamilton has a lot to do with it. Starting on January 12th, Lin-Manuel Miranda reprises his role of Alexander Hamilton for a special featured performance of the hit musical in his father’s home of Puerto Rico. Thanks to a customer-favorite airline, JetBlue, you can score free tickets, airfare, and more by entering its giveaway, Duel Seats: JetBlue’s Hamilton in Puerto Rico Ticket Giveaway. The daily sweepstakes starts on January 10th and you can enter every day to win: Two roundtrip flights from New York (JFK) to Puerto Rico (SJU). Two premium tickets to see Hamilton in Puerto Rico, as Lin-Manuel Miranda reprises his role of Alexander Hamilton. One-night stay in a hotel in San Juan. Prizes are for the opening week performances only, from January 12th to 17th. Official … [Read more...] about This Airline Wants to Send You to Puerto Rico to See ‘Hamilton’
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By Jessica Kwong | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: December 21, 2018 at 3:45 pm | UPDATED: December 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm A year and a few months after hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, I wondered if the time was right to visit. I knew my tourist dollars would go toward a good cause and help with recovery, but questions about safety, electricity and accessibility made me hesitant to book what is one of the easiest Caribbean islands to travel to. With a little bit of research, I gathered that most of the capital, San Juan, and other oft-frequented parts of the U.S. territory have been set to welcome tourists for a while. I packed my American dollars and left my passport at home. Old San Juan, the historic colonial barrio of the capital, on first stroll looked untouched by Maria. The cobblestone streets were spotless, the Spanish colonial buildings bright and colorful, and visitors flocked to the hundreds of pink, purple, yellow, green and blue umbrellas on … [Read more...] about Travel: Is it too soon for tourists to return to Puerto Rico?
Floating in a tranquil sea of aqua water, my body raised to the sun, I knew I’d made the right choice. When my friend finally coaxed me to shore, I sat under the palms and watched 5-foot-long iguanas roam the park like pets while I sipped on a cold cocktail. We were in Puerto Rico, a place my travel partner had fallen in love with just before Hurricane Maria’s devastating visit in 2017. He had been anxious to go back to see how the Caribbean island was doing. Ever frugal, I could not resist the $350 airfare from Minneapolis-St. Paul, picturing myself on a beach just as snow flurries would be landing on my balcony back home. Making our way to the island, we felt a twinge of guilt and relief as we flew in and out of Atlanta, where just days before the airport had canceled hundreds of flights in response to Hurricane Florence’s devastating sweep through the Carolinas. Heading to San Juan, we had hopes for a little sun on clean beaches and no stormy surprises. Our timing … [Read more...] about Puerto Rico welcomes visitors with wide-open beaches, great restaurants and charm
Branson brighter than ever Branson, Mo., is staking its claim as home to the most spectacular Christmas celebration of the season. The Silver Dollar City theme park has unveiled its biggest and brightest Christmas lighting array ever, throwing the switch on 6.5 million colorful LED lights. Only Busch Gardens' Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Va., is brighter, featuring some 10 million lights. The Branson holiday festival, known as "An Old Time Christmas," continues through Dec. 30. It features the nightly Rudolph's Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade, Broadway-style musical productions of "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life," a five-story special-effects Christmas tree, strolling carolers, a dramatic Living Nativity and seasonal food offerings. The park's 100-plus craftsmen/women create one-of-a-kind holiday items (silverdollarcity.com). Tribune News Service Vacation-sharing advice Traveling with family members and friends can be fun and festive. Or, fraught with … [Read more...] about Branson’s Christmas is brighter than ever; Puerto Rico rebounds
It may not be the “whole team,” but Red Sox manager Alex Cora and the World Series trophy will have some company on their visit to Puerto Rico this weekend. The Red Sox announced Friday afternoon that Cora is flying the 2018 trophy to his hometown of Caguas for a celebration on Saturday. And according to the team, Red Sox pitcher David Price, utility man Brock Holt, catcher Sandy Leon, pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, and catcher Christian Vazquez, a Puerto Rico native, are all tagging along on the trip. Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, team president Sam Kennedy, assistant hitting coach Andy Barkett, first base coach Tom Goodwin, advance scouting and statistical analysis coach Ramon Vazquez (who is also a Puerto Rico native), and a number of front office members will also be on the flight out of Logan airport Saturday morning. Upon their arrival in San Juan, Caguas Mayor William Miranda Torres is set to escort the group to his city, which is located about 16 miles south of the … [Read more...] about Alex Cora is bringing the World Series trophy to Puerto Rico. Here are the Red Sox players who are coming with him.