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’
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?
Marriott International announced it will donate at least $300,000 to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Flamboyan Arts Fund, established by Miranda, his family and the Flamboyan Foundation. The fund will go towards rebuilding the arts and culture scene on the island in the wake of the destruction of Hurricane Maria. Miranda, whose parents are both from Puerto Rico and who spent many summers here as a kid, will return to Puerto Rico this January. With Miranda back in the title role of his Broadway musical Hamilton, the show will run January 8-27, 2019 at Teatro UPR. From now through February 28, Marriott will donate a dollar for every room booked at San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, AC Hotel by Marriott San Juan Condado and The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. It will donate $10 for each room booked at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Members of the Marriott loyalty program can go on the Marriott Rewards Moments platform, where they can … [Read more...] about Marriott Raises Money Ahead of Hamilton Shows in 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
Updated 5:56 pm PST, Monday, December 17, 2018 This combination photo shows actor Lin-Manuel Miranda at the "Mary Poppins Returns" premiere in London on Dec. 12, 2018, left, and TV late night host Jimmy Fallon at the opening night of "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" in New York on April 23, 2018. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” will do a special episode from Puerto Rico on January 15. The telecast, in which Miranda will appear, will focus on the spirit and culture of Puerto Rico in its efforts to rebuild and raise awareness following the devastating hurricane that struck the U.S. territory on Sept. 20, 2017. Miranda will reprise his lead role in the musical “Hamilton” from Jan. 8-27 at the University of Puerto Rico to raise money for the Flamboyan Arts Fund. less This combination photo shows actor Lin-Manuel Miranda at the "Mary Poppins Returns" premiere in London on Dec. 12, 2018, left, and TV late night host Jimmy Fallon at the … [Read more...] about ‘Tonight Show’ to air episode in Puerto Rico with ‘Hamilton’