Hurricane Irma may hit Puerto Rico on September 6, 2017, early Wednesday morning. Get ready. Be prepared.

Puerto Rico hurricane watch, warning resources:

http://www.weather.gov/sju

http://www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=sjujuu
Click the second tab, “Active Storms,” on the above link.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

https://www.accuweather.com/en/pr/puerto-rico-weather

Puerto Rico, which is in the Atlantic Ocean, has a hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. Historically, most storms that hit Puerto Rico hard, occurred in September.

September 6, 2017 Hurricane Irma
September 21, 1998 Hurricane George, Category 3. 96% of the electrical system was lost for 1.3 million people. Water and sewer service was lost for 75% of the island’s population.
September 26, 1932 Hurricane San Ciprian
September 13, 1928 Hurricane San Felipe II

Hurricane Irma’s cone shows the probable path of the storm center.  This doesn’t show the size of the storm, just the probable path:

hurricane Irma cone of probable path

MOST LIKELY arrival time of tropical storm force winds:

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EARLIEST reasonable arrival time of tropical storm force winds:

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EARLIEST reasonable arrival time of tropical storm force winds, without colors:

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Tropical storm force wind speed probabilities:

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Hurricane force wind speed probabilities:

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Puerto Rico hurricane warning, storm watch websites. Get ready. Be prepared.

Puerto Rico hurricane watch, warning resources:

www.weather.gov/sju

www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=sjujuu
Click the second tab, “Active Storms,” on the above link.

www.nhc.noaa.gov

www.accuweather.com/en/pr/puerto-rico-weather

www.wunderground.com

twitter.com/weatherchannel

www.temporadadehuracanes.pr.gov   Temporary Hurricane Shelter Locator

Puerto Rico, which is in the Atlantic Ocean, has a hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. Historically, most storms that hit Puerto Rico hard, occurred in September.

September 6, 2017 Hurricane Irma
September 21, 1998 Hurricane George, Category 3. 96% of the electrical system was lost for 1.3 million people. Water and sewer service was lost for 75% of the island’s population.
September 26, 1932 Hurricane San Ciprian
September 13, 1928 Hurricane San Felipe II

Some preparation ideas for stocking up, to undertake long before the storm hits:

FOOD AND WATER:
WATER:
Bottled-water, fill your empty milk jugs or other containers with water in case the public water supply goes out.  Have AT LEAST 3 days of water, which is 1 gallon per person per day, and at least 3 days of non-perishable food available for each person.

FOOD:
Canned food such as canned fruit with manual can opener, nuts, crackers, oatmeal, granola bars, dry cereal, dried fruit. Food that does not require cooking or elaborate preparation is best.

MONEY AND IDENTIFICATION
Cash money in case electricity disables ATM’s and banks are closed, credit cards, checks
Picture ID, insurance papers, important documents

SANITATION, HEALTH, PERSONAL PROTECTION:
Wet wipes, napkins or paper towels, toilet paper
Disinfectants for cleaning face and hands, soap, hand sanitizer, bleach
Plastic garbage bags
Mosquito/insect repellent, sunscreen
Medications, vitamins
First Aid Kit including latex gloves; sterile dressings; soap/cleaning agent; antibiotic ointment; burn ointment; adhesive bandages in small, medium and large sizes; eye wash; a thermometer; aspirin/pain reliever; anti-diarrhea tablets; antacids; laxatives; small scissors; tweezers; petroleum jelly.

CLOTHING, BEDDING, PERSONAL WEAR:
Blankets
Rain gear
Eyeglasses
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Clothes.  Wash the clothes that are in your laundry basket if it’s full, BEFORE the storm arrives, in case the electricity goes out, so you have a full stock of clean clothes.

SUPPLIES:
Duct tape
Scissors and knife
Fire extinguisher
Gloves
Batteries, candles, matches and lighters for lighting in case the power goes out.  Battery powered lighting, flashlights, lanterns.

COMMUNICATIONS:
Cellphones and chargers.  Charge your cellphones and rechargeable batteries BEFORE the storm arrives, in case the power goes out.
Battery-powered radio, preferably a weather radio.

TRANSPORTATION:
Ensure your vehicle has sufficient gas in the tank. Consider filling your empty gas cans.

Some other preparedness websites:

https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists

http://modernsurvivalblog.com/weather-preparedness/a-hurricane-preparedness-list

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Burger King has over 100 locations in Puerto Rico

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Burger King map San Juan metro zoom

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Burger King has more restaurants than McDonalds and Wendy’s in Puerto Rico.  Most have free wifi Internet.

BURGER KING
Ave. Rudolfo González Final, Barrio Rodríguez, Sester Desvío
Adjuntas PR
787-829-3037

BURGER KING
Centro Multiservicios Cooperativo, Carretera Estatal #115 Km. 24.8, Barrio Asomante
Aguada PR
787-868-4005

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #115 Km. 22.0
Aguada PR
787-868-1272

BURGER KING
Carretera #2 Esquina Carretera Estatal #459
Aguadilla PR
787-891-9359

BURGER KING
PR-2
Aguadilla PR 00603
787-891-2424

BURGER KING
Aguadilla Mall, Carretera #2 Km. 126.5
Aguadilla PR

BURGER KING
Carretera 174 Km. 22.4, Barrio Sonadora
Aguas Buenas PR
787-694-2011

BURGER KING
PR-14
Aibonito PR 00705
787-991-2435

BURGER KING
Ave. Lloréns Torres, Arecibo Shopping Center
Arecibo PR
787-878-4455

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #129 Km. 42.5
Arecibo PR
787-816-6781

BURGER KING
Plaza Atlántico Shopping Center Local k Km. 8.3
Arecibo PR
787-878-6821, Plaza del Atlantico

BURGER KING
Palmas
Arroyo PR
787-271-7021

BURGER KING
Expreso #2 Km. 57.5
Barceloneta PR
787-846-0650

BURGER KING
PR-140
Barceloneta PR 00617
787-965-2986

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #156 Km. 14.2, Bo. Honduras
Barranquitas PR
787-857-5437

BURGER KING
Calle Comerio #2 Esq. 167, Bayamón Shopping Center
Bayamon PR
787-785-7296

BURGER KING
PR-199 Int. PR 840, Royal Town
Bayamón PR
939-225-2040

BURGER KING
Calle Santa Cruz # 69 Urb. Santa Cruz
Bayamón PR
787-778-8214,San Pablo

BURGER KING
Rexville Plaza Shopping Center, Carretera Estatal # 167 Km. 18.8
Bayamón PR
787-797-8500

BURGER KING
Embarcadero Food Court
Bayamón PR
787-784-4943,Rio Hondo Bayamón FC

BURGER KING
Plaza Río Hondo Shopping Center Ave. Comerio
Bayamón PR 00961
787-795-6525

BURGER KING
Lucchetti Industrial Park, Carretera Estatal #28 Km. 2.2
Bayamon PR
787-995-0580

BURGER KING
Shopping Center, Ave. West Main #501 Sierra Bayamón
Bayamon PR
787-758-7948

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #2 Km. 10.0, Santa Rosa Mall
Bayamon PR
787-740-1464

BURGER KING
Ave. Lomas Verdes Carretera #174, Barrio Juán Sánchez
Bayamon PR
787-780-3435

BURGER KING
Ave. Santa Juanita, Calle 24 Bayamón Sur Shopping Center Los Millones
Bayamon PR
787-785-8282

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal # 167, Urb. Forest Hills
Bayamón PR
787-740-0350

BURGER KING
Ave. Comerio Esquina Calle 24, Sierra Bayamón
Bayamon PR
787-786-3055

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal # 2 Km. 14.7 Hato Tejas
Bayamón PR
787-786-1927,Bayamón Oeste

BURGER KING
Carretera # 830 Km. 0.5 Cerro Gordo
Bayamón PR
787-799-4644,Bayamón Inter

BURGER KING
Centro Comercial Pájaros, Shopping Village, Carretera Estatal #861 Int. Carretera #862, Bo. Pájaros
Bayamón PR
787-799-5046

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #101, Km. 17.2 Solar #2 Boquerón Beach
Cabo Rojo PR
787-255-1595

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #100, Km. 7.3
Cabo Rojo PR
787-851-0520

BURGER KING
Carretera #1, Km. 34.5 (Frente a Centro Comercial Villa Blanca) Entrada Urbanización Bairoa
Caguas PR
787-746-2523, SAME PHONE AS BELOW

BURGER KING
Ave Jose Mercado
Caguas PR
787-746-2523, Villa Blanca, SAME PHONE AS ABOVE

BURGER KING
Ave. Rafael Cordero, Esquina Carretera #30
Caguas PR
Caguas Plaza Centro 1

BURGER KING
Ave. Rafael Cordero, Esquina Carretera #30
Caguas PR
787-745-1965, Caguas Plaza Centro 2

BURGER KING
Plaza Centro Shopping, Carr. Estatal #30 Esquina Rafael Cordero
Caguas PR
787-745-1055

BURGER KING
Antigua Carretera #1 de Caguas a Cayey
Caguas PR
787-743-4755, Caguas Mochomos

BURGER KING
Carr. 172
Caguas PR
787-961-7075

BURGER KING
Carretera #52 (expreso) & Carretera Estatal #156
Caguas PR
939-205-0075,Caguas – Las Catalinas

BURGER KING
Calle Lauro Piñero #3161 Esquina Carretera Estatal #978 Km. 21.19
Ceiba PR 00735
787-885-2839

BURGER KING
Notre Dame Commercial Development, Ave. Muños Marín (Frente a la Urb. Notre Dame) Bo. Thomas de Castro
Caguas PR
787-286-0710

BURGER KING
Barrio Turabo, Carr. Estatal #52 Intersección con Carr. Estatal #1
Caguas PR
939-205-0075, Caguas Sur

BURGER KING
Centro Comercial Mi Antojo, Ave. Gautier Benítez, Jm. 37 Lote A
Caguas PR
787-746-2429

BURGER KING
Edificion #4 Espacio #90, Carretera Estatal #188
Canovanas PR
787-256-5720,Canovanas Outlet FC

BURGER KING
Rial Plaza Shopping, Carretera Estatal #185 Km. 0.0
Canovanas PR
787-256-2289

BURGER KING
Carretera PR 3 Km. 17.8, Plaza Canóvanas
Canóvanas PR
787-500-2985,Canóvanas 20/20

BURGER KING
Los Colobos Shopping Center, Center Ave. 65 Infantería
Carolina PR
787-757-2881

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #3 Km. 11.6, Centro Judicial Barrio Trujillo Alto
Carolina PR
787-276-8338

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal PR #2 Km. 92.9, Bo. Membrillo
Camuy PR
787-262-5292

BURGER KING
Ave. 65 Infantería Km. 9.1
Carolina PR
787-752-4190,Roberto Clemente, Carolina

BURGER KING
Caribbean Airport Facilities, Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín
Carolina PR
787-253-2755,Tiri Airport

BURGER KING
Ave. Jesús M. Fragoso Esq. Ave. Fidalgo Diaz, Urb. Villa Fontana
Carolina PR
787-276-6170,Gulf Carolina

BURGER KING
Plaza Escorial Shopping Center
Carolina PR
787-769-2765

BURGER KING
Ave. Campo Rico Ext. Country Club
Carolina PR
787-769-9130,Campo Rico 1

BURGER KING
Ave. Boca Cangrejos, Esquina Baldorioty de Castro, Condado
Carolina PR
787-727-8980,Isla Verde

BURGER KING
Plaza Carolina Mall (primer nivel) Ave. Fragoso, Villa Fontana
Carolina PR
787-776-2254

BURGER KING
Carretera #187, Esquina Los Gobernadores
Carolina PR
787-791-0295,Plazoleta Isla Verde

BURGER KING
Car. 28 Ave. Central Juanita
Cataño PR

BURGER KING
Cayey Shopping Plaza
Cayey PR
787-738-2083

BURGER KING
Calle de Diego Esquina Corchado
Cayey PR 00736
787-738-5333

BURGER KING
Avenida Jesús T. Piñero
Cayey, 00736
787-738-2285

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #149, Intersección con Carretera #145
Ciales PR
787-871-5511

BURGER KING
Cidra Carretera Estatal #172 Km. 13.6
Cidra PR
787-714-0525

BURGER KING
Calle A
Coamo PR
787-825-2665

BURGER KING
PR 153
Coamo PR
787-803-1887

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #774 Km. 0.9
Comerio PR
787-875-3005

BURGER KING
Corozal Carretera Estatal #159 Km. 15.2
Corozal PR
787-802-0706

BURGER KING
Dorado Shopping Center, Carretera Estatal #693, Barrio Mameyal
Dorado PR
787-278-2121

BURGER KING
Centro Comercial El Batey, Barrio Sandinera Carr. Municipal, Desvio a las Croabas
Fajardo PR
787-863-4262

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #3 Km. 7.3, Monte Plaza
Fajardo PR
787-801-1251,Fajardo Montesol

BURGER KING
Centro Comercial Monte Brisas, Urb. Monte Brisas, Carretera 194 Km. 2.0
Fajardo PR
787-860-1500

BURGER KING
Carretera #181 Intersección Carr. #30
Gurabo PR
787-737-2620

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #116, Esquina Carretera #333
Guánica PR 00653
787-740-0350

BURGER KING
Avenida Los Veteranos
Guayama PR
787-864-2450

BURGER KING
Plaza Guayama Shopping Center, Carretera Estatal #3 Km. 134.6
Guayama PR
787-864-5010

BURGER KING
Ave Pedro Albizu Campos
Guayama PR 00784
787-866-8271,Guayama Machete

BURGER KING
Calle Luis Munoz Rivera
Guayanilla PR 00656
787-835-6620

BURGER KING
Calle Ortegon, Esquina Tabonuco, Caparra Hills
Guaynabo PR
787-783-2922

BURGER KING
Calle Mexico, Esquina Carretera #833 Parkville
Guaynabo PR
787-720-4782

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #144, Urb. Torrimar
Guaynabo PR
787-789-1310

BURGER KING
Expreso Martínez Nadal, Los Jardines Shopping Center
Guaynabo PR
787-720-8802

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #24 Lote 10, Metro Office Park
Guaynabo PR
939-792-0066

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #189 Km. 3.5 Barrio Rincón
Gurabo PR
787-745-1015,Gurabo – Turabo

BURGER KING
Carretera #2 PR 2, Km. 86.6 Barrio Pueblo
Hatillo PR
787-820-4629

BURGER KING
Plaza del Norte Shopping Center, Carretera #2 Km. 81.9
Hatillo PR
787-880-0446

BURGER KING
Carretera PR-129, Km. 8.4, Bo. Campo Alegre
Hatillo PR
787-630-2070,Hatillo Jove

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #2 Km. 167.3
Hormigueros PR
787-829-3210

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #3 y Carretera #908 Urb. Villa Universitaria
Humacao PR
787-850-0631,Humacao Oriental Plaza

BURGER KING
Palma Real Shopping Center, Food Court, Int. 53, Carretera PR #3
Humacao PR
787-285-8237,Humacao Plaza Palma Real

BURGER KING
Carretera # 30 Calle Dr. Rincon, Reparto Rivera Donato
Humacao PR
787-852-4935

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #3 Km. 82.00
Humacao PR
787-285-7714,Humacao Sams

BURGER KING
Vista de Río Comercial Park, Carretera #3 Ramal #908 Vista del Río
Humacao PR
787-850-2466

BURGER KING
Plaza Isabel Shopping Center, Carretera Estatal #2 Km. 111
Isabela PR
787-830-1605

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #144, Intersección Carretera Ramal #141
Jayuya PR
787-828-1878

BURGER KING
PR149
Juana Diaz PR
787-837-6862

BURGER KING
Juncos Plaza Shopping, Carr. Estatal #31 Km. 24.0 Bo. Ceiba Norte
Juncos PR
787-713-1070

BURGER KING
Carretera 116 Km. 2.3, Barrio Sabana Yeguas
Lajas PR
787-986-5006

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #111 Km. 2.9, Barrio Pueblo
Lares PR
787-897-4743

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #183 Km. 20.7, Barrio Montones
Las Piedras PR 00771
787-733-1535

BURGER KING
Carretera #30 Intersección Carretera #198
Las Piedras PR 00771
787-733-7905

BURGER KING
Centro Comercial Plaza Noroeste, Carr. Estatal #3 Km. 20.5 Villas de Loíza
Loiza PR
787-268-5189, 787-256-2350

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #2, Esquina Calle #6, Urb. Feliz Dávila
Manati PR
787-854-3173

BURGER KING
KM. 49.7 Carretera Estatal #2 Plaza Puerto Del Sol
Manatí PR 00674
787-884-4777

BURGER KING
Plaza Monte Real Shopping Center, Carretera Estatal #2 Km. 45.6
Manati PR
787-854-5340

BURGER KING
Carretera Intersección con Carr. 688 Km. 1.0, Bo. Cotto Norte
Manati PR
787-921-2500,Manati Econo

BURGER KING
Calle Post S
Mayaguez PR
787-265-7880

BURGER KING
Car.2 Mayaguez Mall
Mayaguez PR
787-265-5515

BURGER KING
Mayagüez Builders Sq. Shopping Center, Carr. Estatal #2 Bo. Sabaneta
Mayaguez PR
787-831-8225,Western Plaza Mayaguez

BURGER KING
Calle Ramón Emeterio Betances #392 Sur
Mayaguez PR
787-834-0520,Mayaguez Pueblo

BURGER KING
Calle Luna #54 (Pueblo). Condominio Apolo
Mayaguez PR
787-834-0520,Mayaguez – Condominio Apolo

BURGER KING
Carretera @1211 Km. 4.6, San Francisco Cour
Moca PR
787-877-5555

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal 155, Km. 47.4
Morovis PR
787-862-3917

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #31, Km. 3.2
Naguabo PR 00718
787-874-6883

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #152, Km. 16.022.0
Naranjito PR
787-869-8410

BURGER KING
Carr. Estatal #155 Km. 30.8 con Carr. Estatal #157 Barrio Garos
Orocovis PR
787-867-7174

BURGER KING
PR3
Patillas PR 00723
787-271-0845

BURGER KING
Carretera PR 385 Km. 0.6, Barrio Cuevas
Peñuelas PR
787-987-2105

BURGER KING
PR-506, Coto Laurel
Ponce PR
787-840-4382

BURGER KING
Plaza del Caribe Shopping Center, Carretera Estatal #2 Km. 22.9
Ponce PR
787-840-6226

BURGER KING
Ave. Las Américas, Esquina Ave. de Hostos
Ponce PR
787-843-5005

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #1, Barrio Manchuelo Bajo
Ponce PR
787-844-8355

BURGER KING
Ponce 2000 Mall, Expreso #2 Avenida Baramaya
Ponce PR
787-284-1245

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #2 Valle Real
Ponce PR
787-840-1991

BURGER KING
NEED ADDRESS
Ponce PR
787-840-7570

BURGER KING
Carretera #2 Calle A Desvió Ponce Industrial Bo. Cañas
Ponce PR
787-841-2626

BURGER KING
Ponce Builders Square, Carretera Estatal #2 Barrio Canas
Ponce PR 00731
787-295-8299, Ponce Massó

BURGER KING
Calle Fagot, La Rambla
Ponce PR
787-840-3396

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #2 Km. 100.7
Quebradillas PR
787-895-2583

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #115 Km. 11.0
Rincon PR
787-823-0710

BURGER KING
Carretera #3 Km. 23.5, Barrio Ciénaga Baja
Rio Grande PR

BURGER KING
Río Grande States Shopping Center, Carretera #3 Ave. 65 Infantería Esquina Carretera #956 Km. 28.0 Barrio Zarzal
Río Grande PR
787-809-2431, 787-887-8030, Royal Town

BURGER KING
Ave. 65 Infantería, Km. 7 Hm. 3
Río Piedras PR
787-769-8685, Comandante

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #52, Montehiedra Shopping Center
Río Piedras PR
787-287-7340

BURGER KING
Calle José de Diego, Esquina Calle Braumbaught, Paseo de Diego
Río Piedras PR 00925
787-765-5914

BURGER KING
Ave. Campo Rico AL-15 Country Club
Río Piedras PR
787-257-2375

BURGER KING
Centro Médico Fast Food Center, Cafetería Central de Centro Médico, Entre hospital Universitario y Hospital del niño
Río Piedras PR
787-751-4744

BURGER KING
Amalia Marín Esquina Gándara
Río Piedras PR
787-765-6658

BURGER KING
Centro Comercial San Francisco
Río Piedras PR
787-758-0800

BURGER KING
El Señorial Mall, Calle Paraná, Cupey
Río Piedras PR
787-763-1621

BURGER KING
Centro Universitario de Puerto Rico
Río Piedras PR 00920
787-281-7014

BURGER KING
Solar 170 – A Bloque S, Urb. San Agustín, Barrio Sabana Llana
Río Piedras PR
787-763-0800

BURGER KING
Sabana Grande Plaza, Carretera Estatal #121 Km. 216
Sabana Grande PR
787-873-0190

BURGER KING
Carretera #3 San Juan A Salinas Barrio Aguirre
Salinas PR
787-271-7020,Albergue Olimpico

BURGER KING
Carretera 1, Km. 89.5 Bo. Aguirre
Salinas PR
787-680-2986,Salinas 20/20

BURGER KING
Carretera #102 Barrio Maresua Km. 204.6 (Frente a Universidad Interamericana)
San German PR
787-892-4390

BURGER KING
Parque Industrial, Camino Real, Carr. Estatal #2 Esquina Carr. 102
San German PR
787-892-4528

BURGER KING
Ave. Ponce de León 207
San Juan PR
787-753-1368,Hato Rey

BURGER KING
Plaza las Américas Shopping Center, Local #305 Piso 3
San Juan PR
787-754-0311, Hato Rey

BURGER KING
Primer Nivel Plaza las Américas al lado de Sears, Hato Rey
San Juan PR
787-250-8737

BURGER KING
Plaza Puerto Rico, Carretera #1 Esquina Camino Sein
San Juan PR
787-764-8046,Interamericana

BURGER KING
Calle Industrial Centro de Seguros San Patricio, Calle Resolución Esquina, F.D. Roosevelt, Pueblo Viejo
San Juan PR
787-783-4440

BURGER KING
Ave. Roberto H. Todd, Santurce
San Juan PR
787-725-3285,Santurce – Pda 18

BURGER KING
Calle Rodríguez Serra, Esquina Ave. Ashford
San Juan PR
787-722-3627,Condado 1

BURGER KING
Carretera 176 Intersección Carretera #838
San Juan PR
787-756-5550

BURGER KING
Ave. Domenech, Esquina Juan J. Jiménez
San Juan PR
939-753-0030

BURGER KING
Calle San Francisco #269, Esquina Calle Tanca Viejo
San Juan PR
787-725-7853

BURGER KING
Ave 65 Infanteria
San Juan PR 00924
787-757-8777

BURGER KING
Ave. Baldorioty de Castro, Calle Esquilín y Linda Vista, Santurce
San Juan PR
787-727-6161

BURGER KING
Ave. José C. Barbosa #368, Urb. Dávila & Llenaza, Hato Rey
San Juan PR
787-758-3870

BURGER KING
Ave Jesus T Pinero
San Juan PR 00920
787-793-7233

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #181, Esquina Carretera Estatal #183
San Lorenzo PR
787-715-1250

BURGER KING
Carretera #52 Intersección Carretera 153, Barrio Jauca
Santa Isabel PR
787-845-6972

BURGER KING
San Sebastián Shopping Center, Carr. Estatal #118 Km. 18.0
San Sebastian PR
787-280-0455

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #159 Km. 20.2
Toa Alta PR
787-870-3322

BURGER KING
Ave. Sabana Seca Calle 726 & 734, Levittown Lakes
Toa Baja PR
787-261-0128

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #165, Esquina Avenida Boulevard, Levittown
Toa Baja PR
787-261-3770

BURGER KING
Trujillo Alto Plaza, Expreso de Trujillo Alto Carr. 181
Trujillo Alto PR
787-755-0565

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #111 – R, Calle Dr. Cueto
Utuado PR
787-894-3940

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #2 Km. 29.7, Centro Comercial Plaza del Caribe
Vega Alta PR
787-883-6476

BURGER KING
Vega Alta Gel
Vega Alta PR
787-965-2987

BURGER KING
Las Vegas Mall, Carretera # 2 Km.39.4, Barrio Algarrobo
Vega Baja PR 00693
787-858-5555

BURGER KING
Calle Casimar, Esq. PR-160, Salida 35, PR-22
Vega Baja PR
787-965-2010, Vega Baja Almirante

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #149 Km. 55.2
Villalba PR
787-847-0398

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal #127, Calle 25 de Julio
Yauco PR
787-856-1465

BURGER KING
Carretera Estatal 901 Km. 8.6 Urb. Valles de Yabucoa, Bo. Juan Marin
Yabucoa PR
787-266-2287

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Wendy’s has about 70 locations in Puerto Rico, but no working website for PR! Is that quality?

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Wendy’s has about 70 locations in Puerto Rico, many with free wi-fi Internet.  Why don’t they have a website listing all their locations and hours?  Don’t they want more business?  Burger King and McDonalds list all their locations on their website.  Why can’t Wendy’s be as professional and list their locations?   Wendy’s Puerto Rico doesn’t even have a PR website. “Quality is our recipe?” This reflects poorly on you Wendy’s!  Wendys.com has a website, but that is limited to locations in the states, not Puerto Rico.

We have reached out to Wendy’s marketing asking for a location list, encouraging them to be more professional.  After they give us the location list, we will post it here.  Until then, when you visit a PR Wendy’s, ask them why they don’t have a website listing all their locations and hours.

Despite this, PR Newcomer has made our own list for you, which should be an approximation of the available locations. Since Wendy’s PR failed to provide a list, there are bound to be some inaccuracies. Still, it’s better than nothing.

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Wendy’s PR is lame since they have no website for PR. How is that quality? The Wendys.com USA website falsely claims there are no locations in Puerto Rico. Wendy’s PR needs to create a website listing all their locations and hours.

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Wendy’s Puerto Rico locations

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Wendy’s San Juan PR metro area locations

ALPHABETICAL BY CITY NAME
Wendy’s
255 Puerto Rico, 251 Ave San José
Aibonito PR 00705
7-10 ALL

Wendy’s
Calle Marginal
Aguadilla PR 00603
787-792-7042
M-TH 7-11, F-SAT 7-12, SUN 8-11
Borinquen

Wendy’s
PR-2
Aguadilla Pueblo PR 00603
M-TH 7-12, F-SAT 7-1, SUN 8-12

Wendy’s
Calle unknown
Añasco PR 00610
M-TH 7-12, F-SAT 7-1, SUN 8-12

Wendy’s
PR-2
Arecibo PR 00612

Wendy’s
PR-129
Arecibo PR 00612
M-TH 7-12, F-SAT 7-1, SUN 8-12

Wendy’s
Av. José Cedeño
Arecibo PR 00612
7-1 ALL

Wendy’s
PR-2, Imberry
Barceloneta PR 00617
787-792-2001
M-TH 7-12, F-SAT 7-1, SUN 8-12
18.4052656,-66.5809127

Wendy’s
Royal Town
Bayamón PR
Is this same as another one?

Wendy’s
Av. Lomas Verdes
Bayamón PR 00956
IS THIS SAME AS COSTCO ONE?

Wendy’s
Plaza frente a Costco
Bayamón PR 00956
787-792-2001
18.399997,-66.1504607

Wendy’s
Av. Los Millones
Bayamón PR 00957
M-TH 6-11, F-SAT 6-12, SUN 7-11
by Forest Hills, Santa Monica
18.399997,-66.1504607 SHOWS SAME GPS ON GOOGLE AS 00959

Wendy’s
PR-2
Bayamón PR 00959
787-595-7732
M-SAT 8-11, SUN 9-10
18.4383009,-66.3120801

Wendy’s
Calle unknown
Bayamón PR 00961
787-792-2001 Hato Tejas
M-TH 7-11, F-SAT 7-12, SUN 8-11
SHOWS SAME GPS AS 00959

Wendy’s
1525 Avenida Ramón Luis Rivera
Bayamón PR 00961

Wendy’s
PR-100
Cabo Rojo PR 00623
M-TH 7-10, F-SAT 7-11, SUN 8-10

Wendy’s
Puerto Rico 34
Caguas PR 00727
8-10 ALL

Wendy’s
Calle Marginal
Caguas PR 00727

Wendy’s
Grand Boulevard Los Prados
Caguas PR 00725

Wendy’s
Carr 189
Caguas PR 00725

Wendy’s
Calle 2
Camuy PR 00627
787-454-8665
M-TH 6-12, F-SAT 6-1, SUN 7-12

Wendy’s
PR-3
Canóvanas PR 00987
Colobos
7-10 ALL

Wendy’s
18400 Autopista Roberto Sánchez Vilella
Canovanas PR 00729
M-TH 7-11, F-SAT 7-12, SUN 8-11

Wendy’s
1048 Ave Isla Verde
Carolina PR 00979
M-TH 7-11, F-SAT 7-12, SUN 8-11
18.4503609,-66.0939062

Wendy’s
Avenida Jesús M. Fragoso
Carolina PR 00983
IN Plaza Carolina
18.4399807,-66.1395602

Wendy’s
Avenida Roberto Clemente
Carolina PR 00985

Wendy’s
Calle 246
Carolina PR 00984
Campo Rico

Wendy’s
PR-1
Cayey PR 00736
6-11 ALL

Wendy’s
600, PR-172
Cidra PR 00739
787-613-5274
M-SAT 6-12, SUN CLOSED

Wendy’s
PR-693
Dorado PR 00646
M-TH 6-11, F-SAT 6-12, SUN 7-11
18.4225038,-66.4559324

Wendy’s
PR-693, Maguayo
Dorado PR 00646
M-TH 6-11, F-SAT 6-12, SUN 7-11
18.4383009,-66.3120801
at 693 and PR22, north side of 22
far N of PR-22

Wendy’s
940 Interstate PR3
Fajardo PR 00738

Wendy’s
Calle unknown
Guayama PR 00784
SUN-TH 7-12, F-SAT 7-1

Wendy’s
Av. González Giusti
Guaynabo PR 00966
787-792-2001 San Patricio
8-10 ALL

Wendy’s
PR-199
Guaynabo PR 00969

Wendy’s
Av. Las Cumbres
Guaynabo PR 00969

Wendy’s
Marginal Calle Comercio
Hatillo PR 00659
6-12 ALL

Wendy’s
PR-2 Km. 166, Marginal Constancia
Hormigueros PR 00660
787-792-7064
M-TH 7-10, F-SAT 7-11, SUN 8-10

Wendy’s
Calle Dr. Vidal
Humacao PR 00741
787-792-2001
M-TH 7-12, F-SAT 7-1, SUN 8-12

Wendy’s
PR-2
Imberry PR 00617

Wendy’s
Calle Marginal
Isabela PR 00662
7-12 ALL

Wendy’s
Calle unknown
Jayuya PR 00664

Wendy’s
PR-31
Juncos PR 00777
787-603-3089
M-TH 6-12, F-SAT 6-1, SUN 7-12

Wendy’s
Calle Eulogio Reyes
Las Piedras PR 00771
787-733-4160 X7034
M-TH 7-11, F-SAT 7-12, SUN 8-11

Wendy’s
PR 2
Luquillo PR 00773
M-TH 6-12, F-SAT 6-1, SUN 7-12

Wendy’s
PR-2
Manatí PR 00674
M-TH 6-11, F-SAT 6-12, SUN 7-11
18.4052656,-66.5809127

Wendy’s
PR-149
Manatí PR 00674
787-884-9999

Wendy’s
PR-2
Mayagüez PR 00680
M-TH 7-12, F-SAT 7-1, SUN 8-12

Wendy’s
Calle unknown
Mayagüez PR 00682
SUN-TH 7-12, F-SAT 7-1

Wendy’s
PR-506
Ponce PR 00780
9-10 ALL
Coto Laurel

Wendy’s
PR-2
Ponce PR 00716

Wendy’s
PR-14
Ponce PR 00730
7-11 ALL

Wendy’s
35 Avenida Fagot
Ponce PR 00717
M-TH 7-11, F-SAT 7-12, SUN 8-11

Wendy’s
2369 Ponce Bypass
Ponce PR 00730

Wendy’s
Río Grande PR 00745
954-200-0820
10-11 ALL

Wendy’s
1121 Ave Franklin Delano Roosevelt
San Juan PR 00920
M-TH 6-12, F-SAT 6-1, SUN 7-12
18.4145573,-66.1004501

Wendy’s
1259 Avenida Juan Ponce de León
San Juan PR 00907
18.4503617,-66.0785853
near intersection Luisa and Condado, 4 blocks N of SWMT

Wendy’s
Calle de San Francisco
San Juan PR 00901
787-792-2001 Old San Juan
M-TH 7-10, F-SAT 7-11, SUN 8-10
18.4503593,-66.0939062

Wendy’s
Ave Chestnut Hill
San Juan PR 00926
787-283-9999
M-TH 6-12, F-SAT 6-1, SUN 7-12
18.4145437,-66.2230185

Wendy’s
Calle San Claudio
San Juan PR 00926
787-792-2001
SUN-TH 7-11, F-SAT 7-12
18.3949475,-66.0630851

Wendy’s
Calle San Alfonso
San Juan PR 00921
787-999-0163
18.3949475,-66.0630851
7-11 ALL

Wendy’s
PR 2
San Juan PR 00920
6-9 ALL
18.4279296,-66.0948425
SW OF SWMT SANTURCE ON PR 2, N OF 22, E OF CATANO

Wendy’s
PR-111
San Sebastián PR 00685
8-10 ALL

Wendy’s
Calle unknown
Santa Isabel PR 00757

Wendy’s
Calle 1
San Lorenzo PR 00754
M-TH 7-11, F-SAT 7-12, SUN 8-11

Wendy’s
Calle unknown
Toa Alta PR 00957
787-792-2001
18.3873216,-66.2377508
18.4303468,-66.3319928

Wendy’s
Av. Las Cumbres
Trujillo Alto PR 00976
787-283-9999
M-TH 6-12, F-SAT 6-1, SUN 7-11
18.4061051,-66.0715823

Wendy’s
PR-2
Vega Alta PR
M-TH 6-11, F-SAT 6-12, SUN 7-11, GUESSED HOURS BC NOT ON GOOGLE

Wendy’s
Carr 2, Km 39.9, PR-2
Vega Baja PR 00693
M 11-1, T 7-8, W CLOSED, TH 8-1, F 10-1, SAT 10-1, SUN CLOSED, RECHECK HOURS
18.4144123,-66.3268537

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How to get Tourists to Venture Across P.R’s Entire 100 x 35 miles?

Want more tourism?  Adopt common sense solutions to improve transportation and mobility.  The easier it is to travel, the more travel that will occur.  The harder it is to travel, the less travel that will occur.

Allow luggage on buses

Allow Lyft, Uber to operate everywhere, not banned from picking up at the airport, hotels

Ensure all government websites and documents are listed in English, not just Spanish

Fill road potholes promptly

Reduce and/or eliminate toll road fees

Encourage homes and businesses to list street numbers on their buildings

Add signs for street names on streets

Encourage Puerto Ricans to provide excellent customer service by responding to all emails, text messages, phone calls promptly – within 24 hours.

http://caribbeanbusiness.com/how-to-get-tourists-to-venture-across-p-rs-entire-100-x-35

How to get Tourists to Venture Across P.R’s Entire 100 x 35?

By on August 6, 2017

Editor’s note: The following article originally appeared in the August 3 print edition of Caribbean Business.

SAN JUAN — Amid Puerto Rico’s economic crisis, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s administration has expressed the tourism sector is a key element to jumpstart the economy. For this to occur, tourism growth cannot just be localized in the San Juan metropolitan area; it needs to be across the island.

Promotion of Puerto Rico’s various regions requires the government and organizations to tackle several issues at once. The key, explain experts from both the public and private sector, is to increase travelers’ average length of stay. The P.R. Tourism Co. (PRTC) is also targeting an increase in the flow of internal and domestic tourism across the island.

As a result, the marketing strategy for tourism, according to PRTC Executive Director José Izquierdo, needs to focus on promoting the experiences Puerto Rico offers. This would incentivize travelers to plan for longer trips and locals to venture to different attractions.

Lastly, accessibility is a topic in the spotlight. This means enhancing the island’s regional airports and increasing the number of cruiseships anchoring at different ports. Accessibility also includes efficient transportation systems to allow travelers to easily move around.

Numbers game

Confidence in the traveler’s economy seems to be consistent with indicators the government is receiving, which show growth of 4%. However, Izquierdo was more cautiously optimistic, explaining that it is not enough to recuperate Puerto Rico’s market share lost during 2016’s zika scare. Aside from bringing the number of travelers up, their length of stay needs to be longer.

The Tourism Co.’s executive director explained that tourists who stay for short periods, such as a weekend, mainly stay in hotel or meeting places and do not explore other more distant or secluded attractions.

“That is the real bet here, because if we have on average a tourist who comes to Puerto Rico, and stays for 2.6 days, then we know that number needs to increase. To see the rest of the island, they cannot stay just 2.6 days,” Izquierdo said.

As for promoting domestic tourism, he noted that it is a mainstay in achieving growth in other regions of the island. According to PRTC numbers, 40% of hotel occupancies come from locals.

To see better results, Izquierdo echoes industry experts, explaining that Puerto Rico’s marketing strategy as a destination needs to expand from sun and beach, and must have a more targeted approach. To help with the latter, the Tourism Co. is developing six profiles of the types of travelers coming to Puerto Rico, such as families with children and millennials.

Hitching a ride

Beyond a successful marketing campaign, Puerto Rico needs to provide the communications and transportation channels for travelers to come here and be able to move around.

According to Izquierdo, in May 2017, there was a 47% increase in tourism compared to May 2016, which represented $9.5 million for the local economy. Izquierdo said the next step was not just to attract more cruises to the island but to also attract homeporting.

“With the cruiseships, we are making a concerted effort to increase homeporting, which is cruiseships starting their voyage here, because those tourists are the ones who can see the rest of the island, not just San Juan,” the PRTC director argued. He then went on to explain that they are also working on increasing the number of cruiseships that anchor outside of San Juan. So far, there are six confirmed cruise visits for Ponce’s Puerto de las Américas.

As for regional airports, Mercedita International Airport in Ponce receives 200,000 passengers a year, and has two routes and 14 weekly trips. Rafael Hernández International Airport in Aguadilla sees 500,000 passengers a year, and has four routes and seven trips.

While these numbers increase during high season, Izquierdo indicated they are looking to bring more airlines to the regional international airports, which adds to the expansion in tourists at San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin (LMM) International Airport.

Once visitors arrive, they need modes of transportation that allow them to explore the island. Some industry experts have argued that is a factor that needs attention, which most likely would include improving collective or public forms of transportation.

“We can’t discard the role of public transportation,” said Prof. Javier Hernández, during a forum with Foundation for Puerto Rico. At the April forum, panelists discussed accessibility issues that tourists confront upon reaching the island.

While agreeing with Hernández, the Transportation secretary, Carlos Contreras, argued that one of the main problems about expanding public transportation is it was not designed with tourism in mind. His example proves his point: People cannot bring their luggage on board a public bus to the LMM International Airport.

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Sam’s Club closed the Los Colobos location in Carolina PR on 7-21-17. Plaza Escorial location in Carolina will remain open

There are consequences to raising taxes!  Higher taxes drive businesses and consumers away.  Higher taxes lead to less money in the pockets of consumers, less money for businesses to employ people, less money for businesses to expand.

http://caribbeanbusiness.com/carolina-sams-club-consolidation-impacts-250-employees

Carolina Sam’s Club consolidation impacts 250 employees

By on July 19, 2017

SAN JUAN – Amid the state of uncertainty caused by Puerto Rico’s economic crisis, membership warehouse chain Sam’s Club announced Wednesday it will consolidate its operations in Carolina. Its Los Colobos location in the municipality will be closed, leaving its 250 people employees jobless starting Friday.

Iván Báez, spokesman for Walmart and Sam’s Club in Puerto Rico, said in a WKAQ 580 radio interview that “the entire retail sector is undergoing a transformation” due to the island’s fiscal crisis. Báez said the store’s poor performance and hiked Carolina taxes were key reasons for the decision.

The chain will now consolidate its operations in that town at Sam’s Club in Escorial. Despite the closure, Báez assured that the Los Colobos employees may opt to work in one of the other 10 Sam’s Club stores on the island and may also request being interviewed to work at the company’s Walmart locations.

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Exodus From a Historic Puerto Rican Town, With No End in Sight

An abandoned furniture store in Lares, P.R. The town in the mountainous heart of the Caribbean island has lost more people to migration than any other municipality since 2010. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

LARES, P.R. — This picturesque mountain town, renowned for its rich coffee, peculiar ice cream and a historic, if short-lived, rebellion, now has a far less welcome distinction.

On an island where about 400,000 people have moved away since the 2000 census, Lares lost the highest percentage of its residents — almost a quarter of its population since the census. The downtown plaza that marks the route that rebels took in 1868 to wrestle free from Spain’s colonial grasp is now surrounded by abandoned storefronts. Handwritten signs offering battered buildings for rent or sale have become the hallmark of a city struggling to keep pace with a continuing exodus.

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Photographs of local beauty pageant contestants adorn the wall at the Municipal Legislature in Lares, P.R. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

Even Heladeria Lares, the celebrated ice cream parlor where tourists and locals alike once lined up to savor frozen treats with eccentric flavors like rice and pigeon peas, garlic and codfish, has suffered a drop of 30 percent in business this year, as an increasing number of the town’s 26,000 residents face foreclosure on their homes, cannot find jobs and take off for the mainland United States.

“It’s nurses, teachers, doctors, firefighters. The dentist left,” said Elvin Cuevas, who manages the Lares Department Store, which offers furniture and jewelry, but does not sell much of either. “The two police officers who for years guarded that corner right there are in Texas. One day, they were gone.”

A quarter of Lares’s people are believed to have fled since the 2000 census. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

Lares’s decline, following the long descent of its agricultural economy, could be a harbinger for Puerto Rico as it braces for the reverberations of its economic morass. A few thousand Puerto Rican teachers could be losing their jobs this fall when the government closes 167 schools, four of them in Lares. Pensioners are bracing for pay cuts, while the sales tax has risen to 11.5 percent. Businesses are struggling to keep their doors open.

Puerto Rico is in the midst of a financial collapse with no end in sight. The government is unable to pay $123 billion in debt and pension obligations and recently declared a form of bankruptcy. Island affairs that were being controlled by a fiscal board in New York are now in the hands of a bankruptcy judge there. The largest government default in United States history came after a decade-long economic downturn that left Lares with a 22.7 percent unemployment rate.

A vacant store for sale in Lares, P.R. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

Puerto Rico was once the sixth-largest producer of coffee in the world; Lares’s beans were so special that they were directed to the Vatican. But a long period of economic decay shuttered farms, making Lares one of the island’s poorest municipalities. The government cut things like fertilizer subsidies; crop yields dropped, too.

There were fewer than 700 farms in Lares in 2012, down from 1,209 a decade earlier, Department of Agriculture figures show. The average wage in Lares is just $323 a week, according to the Bureau of Labor. A couple of years ago, Lares had one of the lowest median incomes on the island: $11,353.

Moráima Fuster serving ice cream at Heladeria Lares. Business is down 30 percent at the ice cream store, known for its more than 60 unusual flavors, including avocado and rice & beans. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

“The people who leave come back and tell everyone how hard it is in Orlando, that you can’t survive there without three jobs,” Mr. Cuevas said. “The difference is that over there you find the three jobs. Here, you find zero job.”

In Lares, a central western town about an hour and a half from San Juan, the population declined 13.4 percent over the past six years, according to United States census figures. (In absolute numbers, Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, has lost the most people, nearly 50,000.)

Eliezer Roman cutting down weeds on a hillside of Hacienda Lealtad’s land in preparation for the next coffee crop in Lares, P.R. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

People have always left Puerto Rico. Elite landowners left in the 1940s. Farm workers showed up in New York City in droves in the 1950s, and others took part in migrant worker programs in the ’70s. But back then, a steady flow of people moved in both directions. Since then, both manufacturing and agriculture have declined precipitously, decimating places like Lares.

“It’s ironic that Lares, the cradle of Puerto Rican independence, the symbol of national identity, is No. 1 in losing population,” said Jorge Duany, a professor who has studied Puerto Rican migration. “Who is staying behind? The youngest and the oldest.”

An abandoned gas station with a “For Sale” sign in Lares. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

Mr. Duany left, too. While working as a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, he struggled to pay his bills, though his salary was much higher than that of most Puerto Ricans. He now works at Florida International University in Miami. “I frankly don’t know how people are surviving,” he said.

Alfredo González Ruiz, a retired history teacher in Lares, said statistics showed that 83,000 Puerto Ricans left the island last year — 1,000 of them from Lares.

Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

But even Mr. Pagán, a three-term mayor, lamented the drop in school enrollment and attendance at sporting events and church.

“A lot left,” he said. “Very few came back.”

As he went through the centuries of government policies, many directed in recent decades by Washington, that drove out Puerto Rico’s population, Mr. González ran into a cousin, Jan M. Ruiz Núñez, 19, who was off from school because of a two-month student strike at the public university.

“To be in Lares is to be in nothing,” the young man said. “If I find an opportunity, I’m going.”

A stream that passes through the property of Hacienda Lealtad. Mr. Soto’s family family is pouring millions into a mountainside resort in Lares. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

The town’s mayor, Roberto Pagán Centeno, said he thought the dire figures of population loss were exaggerated. Census takers must have come counting during the times of the year when seasonal work is idle, and people temporarily leave to “try their luck” in Florida, he said. Unemployment rates are so high, he said, because a lot of people work off the books so they can cheat and qualify for welfare.

A bust of Ramón Emeterio Betances, the Puerto Rican nationalist and instigator of the Grito de Lares revolution, with the flag of Lares at the Plaza of the Revolution in the town center. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

“Those are all the ways you can tell people are gone,” Mr. Pagán said. “Around 2008, 2009, you started to notice the difference.”

Nowhere is the drop more noticeable than in the town square. When banks and government services offices pulled out, nobody had reason to go there. Shops started to close one by one.

“We stay open in the afternoon to clean up and sell coffee, but we could just as well close at 1 p.m.,” said Edgar Martinez, who owns a cafeteria that faces the plaza near the mayor’s office. “After 1 p.m., we sell nothing here.”

Luz Pérez, 74, spent a recent afternoon working at her sister’s souvenir shop. Not a single customer came by. She reminisced about the childhood she spent in a town busy with commerce.

“Knock on any door in this neighborhood and ask how many people live there,” she said. “Then ask how many people used to live there.”

Edwin Soto, the head of the coffee growers’ association, said it had become increasingly difficult to hold on to employees. For one, most people do not wish to earn the $5.25 minimum wage offered in the fields.

“A lot of my employees have left,” Mr. Soto said, noting that even his major-domo, who earned $9 an hour with free housing, quit to try landscaping in Florida.

Still, he doesn’t feel all is lost.

Mr. Soto’s Cafe Lealtad is one of several chic coffee shops perched on mountaintops, where the owners envision streams of visitors eager to leave beachside tourist traps for a day of serenity. His family is pouring millions into a mountainside resort.

Another local businessman, José Rodríguez, is also betting on that future. He opened Heladeria El Grito, an ice-cream parlor right beside Heladeria Lares, the famous one that former President Bill Clinton once visited, and plans to rent eight beds on the floors above it on Airbnb.

“People say I’m crazy,” Mr. Rodríguez said. “If it doesn’t work out, I’ll just move into the house myself. You have to have hope.”

 

 

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