Puerto Rico was devastated by category 4 hurricane eight months ago. But since then, much of the island – especially the capital San Juan – has fallen sharply, although some areas still struggle to recover. We urged you not to forget Puerto Rico in March, because the "best shot of the island for rest comes from tourism". And now Airbnb does its part: the company has launched nearly 50 "Experiences" (tours that can be done with locals instead of official tour operators in Puerto Rico), and 100 percent of Airbnb's proceeds will go to the local Non-profit organizations are working to help the island.
"Puerto Rico has long been a popular destination for travelers who want to experience their rich culture, beautiful scenery and incredible hospitality," said Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb. "Her determination in the face of such tremendous challenges astounded and inspired us."
Already contributing to the recovery process, Airbnb has housed more than 112,000 guests since Hurricane Maria hit the island, earning more than $ 17 million. Hotels and other tourism businesses have recovered, and now, with Puerto Rico Experiences Going beyond San Juan, more visitors can take a real look at the island, along with a local who returns to Maria. I mean Seakeeper ? We only take the super cheap flights kayaking through bioluminescent waters, a tour of Old San Juan, a cocktail class and much more, all available through Airbnbs Certified Local Guide Walking Tours starting at $ 25 and diving lessons the most expensive at $ 183. You can get a full list of experiences here .
Usually, with every booking of a home or an experience, Airbnb takes a small per centage (it's how they actually make money). But for the next three months in Puerto Rico, all booking fees – from homes and tours – will go directly to local charities and All Hands and Hearts, a volunteer organization that provides both immediate (demolition and cleaning) and term (reconstruction) recreation Natural Disasters
If you are planning a visit, build up your home base San Juan which has best recovered from the damaging storm. There are hotels (and Airbnbs) that are open for business in the capital and many other parts of the island.