Feb 27, 2019

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

Allianz Global Assistance Survey Also Reveals Americans Are Flocking to Florida and Mexico 


RICHMOND, VA, FEBRUARY 27, 2019 — 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).

Watch the video highlights for top 2019 Spring Break destinations.

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: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com.


*Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ 2019 Spring Break plans was gathered by analyzing the number of travelers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights from US airports during Spring Break season (2/22/19 to 4/21/2019) for trips between five and eight days in length. The findings are listed below:

2019 Rank

Domestic City

Rank Change from 2018

International City

Rank Change from 2018



Cancun, Mexico




San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico


Las Vegas


Nassau, Bahamas


New York


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Los Angeles


San Juan, Puerto Rico


Fort Lauderdale


Oranjestad, Aruba


Fort Myers


Higuey, Dominican Republic




Montego Bay, Jamaica


Salt Lake City


Providenciales, Turks and Caicos





Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands



Allianz Global Assistance USA  

Allianz Global Assistance USA is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) serves 40 million customers annually and is best known for its Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies.  

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**Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply to all plans. Plans are available only to U.S. residents. Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your plan, carefully review your plan’s Letter of Confirmation/Declarations and Certificate of Insurance/Policy. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated "A‐" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101‐C series or 101‐P series, depending on state of residence. Allianz Travel Insurance products are distributed by Allianz Global Assistance, a brand of AGA Service Company or its affiliates.  AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of these plans and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company. Noninsurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company.