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Puerto Rico Returns to Top Spring Break Destinations for First Time Since Hurricane Maria

March 1, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

 Puerto Rico has officially made a comeback, with enough Americans traveling there to earn it the fifth most popular spot on the Top International Spring Break Destinations list, according to Allianz Global Assistance, a leading travel insurance and assistance company. The island dropped off the list in 2018 as it recovered from 2017’s Hurricane Maria.

Reappearing on the 2019 Top 10 Spring Break Destinations list is Salt Lake City, Utah, where skiers are heading to get in a few more runs this season. For travelers seeking sunny beaches, Florida continues to dominate the Top 10 list, with Tampa re-joining Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers in the rankings. Orlando and Cancun maintain their number one spots as most popular domestic and international destinations, respectively.

Allianz Global Assistance’s review of trips* planned for the Spring Break season – February 22, 2019 through April 21, 2019 – for travel between five and eight days in length found that Orlando (7.9 percent) was the number one domestic destination for Spring Breakers. Following in popularity are Phoenix (5.4 percent), Las Vegas (4.3 percent), New York (4.1 percent), Los Angeles (3.9 percent), Fort Lauderdale (3.9 percent), Fort Myers (3.6 percent), Miami (3.4 percent), Salt Lake City (2.9 percent) and Tampa (2.8 percent).

Internationally, the top two destinations are in Mexico, with Cancun (11.8 percent) and San Jose Del Cabo (6.9 percent) leading the list. The next most popular destinations are Nassau, Bahamas (5.9 percent), which jumped from seventh last year to the top three; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (5.6 percent); San Juan, Puerto Rico (5.0 percent); Oranjestad, Aruba (4.8 percent); Higuey, Dominican Republic (4.7 percent); Montego Bay, Jamaica (4.2 percent); Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (3.5 percent); and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (3.2 percent).

“Americans are once again spending their travel funds in Puerto Rico, which has made an impressive comeback as it continues to rebuild after Hurricane Maria,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Wherever you’re heading this year, sudden illness, storms or other circumstances can unexpectedly get in the way of your vacation. Travel insurance can provide peace-of-mind and may reimburse your investment in the case of delays or cancellations, making for a stress-free spring break.”

The Allianz findings also show the most popular flight days for Spring Break travel in 2019. The busiest domestic travel day (3.6 percent) is February 28, and March 16 (4.4 percent) for international flights. Most Spring Break travelers are spending five days in domestic destinations (31 percent) and eight in international (52 percent).

Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance** through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit:

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