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Old 11-14-2017, 08:58 AM
 
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Does anyone know if Puerto Rico is nice again? I want to visit around December. How is Ponce? How are the beaches?
Please pay attention to the news. The focus is on making sure the many people who have been affected are having their basic needs met and ensuring that power is restored.

The islands affected by these storms are disaster areas. Is Puerto Rico nice again? It never stopped being nice, never stopped being beautiful. What makes these places extra special is the resiliency of the people and the will to survive and make the islands even better than before.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:32 AM
 
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Does anyone know if Puerto Rico is nice again? I want to visit around December. How is Ponce? How are the beaches?
If you're looking for a beachfront hotel with tons of palm trees and happy hour drinks and buffet service in the casinos, no. It's not nice again. It likely won't be for several years. Much of the island was DESTROYED. Including the plant life, and marine life, and the beaches. It will take years for any remaining palm trees to re-grow their fronts, and for new trees to grow from where the trees were torn out of the ground by the wind.

There is still raw sewage in a lot of the publically available water, which includes marshes near the ocean.

The electricity has not been restored in a lot of the island and likely won't for several more months. Many employees of those hotels you might want to visit, were rendered homeless, with no clothes and no washing machines and no showers. Many of those people are currently in Florida or other parts of the USA. So they won't be available to bring you your mai tai.
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Riverview
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I Love PR and since the Hurricane I've gone to the island twice already to help as much as I can. And I'm already planning on my next trip. We all need to pitch in and help in one way or another. And I can tell you all here reading all of this post that I'm planning making PR my future home in 2018!!!
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:45 AM
 
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Does anyone know if Puerto Rico is nice again? I want to visit around December. How is Ponce? How are the beaches?
Selfish much?
I'm sure the whole Island population is doing everything in their power to make things nice...just for you.
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Old 11-19-2017, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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My DIL s aunt from PR came to visit her in NC, and of all the family, she is the only one with electricity. Everyone else, in San Juan and Vega Baja are still on generators.
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:10 PM
 
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So let's see, no power, no roads, no communication, .
After 60 days! Hell even some of the smaller and poorer islands are moving ahead. The excuse was good for the first 3 weeks but at this point its clear that local government on that island leaves much to be desired.

PR needs to examine the people to whom they pay their income taxes to and ask what are they getting in exchange. The whole Prepa scandal is evidence that not all is right.
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Old 11-22-2017, 03:42 AM
 
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After 60 days! Hell even some of the smaller and poorer islands are moving ahead. The excuse was good for the first 3 weeks but at this point its clear that local government on that island leaves much to be desired.

PR needs to examine the people to whom they pay their income taxes to and ask what are they getting in exchange. The whole Prepa scandal is evidence that not all is right.
Whitefish wants money and thought FEMA was going give the money to PREPA. Puerto Rico is at 50 percent generation but 70 percent are still without power.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn...ork/index.html

But actually, it is similar here in the USVI. About 70 percent of us are still without power. Irma and Maria did much damage and even with tons of crews from the states, it is taking awhile.
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Old 11-25-2017, 12:01 PM
 
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Please pay attention to the news. The focus is on making sure the many people who have been affected are having their basic needs met and ensuring that power is restored.

The islands affected by these storms are disaster areas. Is Puerto Rico nice again? It never stopped being nice, never stopped being beautiful. What makes these places extra special is the resiliency of the people and the will to survive and make the islands even better than before.


This might sound a bit off hand but it might be an indication that things are recovering.

MARMALADE, the only restaurant in Puerto Rico that had attained world status, the best among 1000 in the world, has opened its doors for business in Old San Juan. Not cheap, but gourmet.

All of its produce is brought from San Sebastian, a municipality that lost a great deal of its argricultural output.

Jose Enrique’s, In the Placita de Santurce, has also opened its doors. It chef is world renown and its menu is basically Rican food. Rice and beans + you name it. Not cheap.

Doña Maria, in the Mercado of Bayamon. Best of the best Puerto Rican cooking. Its kitchen is attended by grand mothers, so you know how good the food is. You can buy an avocado next door to eat with your rice and beans. Moderate to cheap.

San Juan beaches have been cleaned of debris. Isla verde is back in business. The sun is out in fulll force, except when it rains.

El Yunque was almost totally de forested but it Will be back depending on how fast leaves grow.

The phosflorecent bays appear to be OK. The mangroves are very sturdy and its micro inhabitants too.

El Morro and San Cristobal are open for business.

Most Casinos are closed, not bcause of Maria, but like Atlantic City and Las Vegas, folks arent going to gambling meccas as before. Only old folks in Manati and Bayamon keep Cainos open. Millennial tourists don't gamble as much.

Cruise ships are back.

The sad note is that the mountains are still in need of electricity how ever now you can see the stars.
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