Survey: Puerto Rico Returns to Top Spring Break Destinations
SAN JUAN – The number of stateside residents traveling to Puerto Rico has made it the fifth most popular spot on the 2019 Top International Spring Break Destinations list, according to Allianz Global Assistance, a travel insurance and assistance company.
Using data of U.S. travelers’ 2019 Spring Break plans gathered by analyzing the number of travelers who went through an online booking process of airfare and packages with companies offering Allianz services to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights from U.S. airports between Feb. 22 and April 21 for trips between five and eight days in length.
Allianz Global Assistance USA says it has some 40 million customers annually.
Florida again tops the list, the company said in a release, “with Tampa re-joining Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers in the rankings.” Orlando and Cancun maintained their No. 1 spots as most popular domestic and international destinations, respectively.
Domestically, Allianz’s review of trips 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).
The company classifies Puerto Rico as an international destination, the list of which is led by Cancun (11.8 percent) and San Jose Del Cabo (6.9 percent) Mexico. 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), which had dropped off the list in 2018 as it recovered from 2017’s Hurricane Maria; 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.
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 Feb. 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).
The findings are listed below: