Lin-Manuel Miranda Visits Vega Alta, Puerto Rico To Discuss Hurricane Relief Efforts
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, most famously known for the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” wants the world to know that Puerto Rico is back in action following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. “Puerto Rico is waiting for you,” Miranda said at a press conference Tuesday announcing a new partnership designed to cultivate tourism between New York City and Puerto Rico.

The partnership between the NYC & Company and Discover Puerto Rico will allow for the sharing of marketing resources between the two destinations, while also offering continued support of hurricane recovery.

“As a first generation New Yorker with parents from Puerto Rico and family on the island, I’ve always felt a special connection not only to my life in upper Manhattan but with my roots and summers spent in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico,” Miranda said. “I do not exist without both or either. Today’s public commitment and bond between these two places that I hold so dear could not be more meaningful.”

In a personal effort to build the relationship between America’s largest city and Puerto Rico, Miranda will reprise his role as Alexander Hamilton for a three-week run of “Hamilton” in San Juan. Staged at the University of Puerto Rico, performances will run Jan. 8–27, 2019. To help raise money for hurricane recovery efforts, Miranda is giving a VIP trip to see Hamilton in San Juan through a donation-based contest.

If you don’t win the trip to see “Hamilton,” Miranda still wants you to visit the island. “There’s nothing better for your soul than a trip to Puerto Rico,” he said.

The parts of the Caribbean that were impacted have made tremendous efforts to return to pre-hurricane conditions, making it the perfect place to visit this winter. Puerto Rico, in particular, has reopened many of its best hotels and restaurants, revamped beaches and public spaces, and invested in new technology to improve visitor’s experiences.

Vega Alta, Puerto Rico
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And once you’re in Puerto Rico, there’s plenty to explore. For nature-lovers there are three bioluminescent bays (think beautiful, glowing waters), the only rain forest in the United States, and one of the largest underground cave systems in the world. Puerto Rico also has 16 casinos, 13 golf courses and the Bacardi Rum Distillery. The tourism sector makes up 10 percent of Puerto Rico’s GDP.

“They need your support,” Miranda said.