A tourist in Puerto Rico these days may notice a sense of desperation. The island is in fiscal crisis, with the governor warning in January that the economy faces a "total collapse." Mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus continue to buzz about, inspiring a warning from the CDC that, if you're of a paranoid disposition, sounds positively frightening. Puerto Ricans know you have other options, that you can choose to vacation in Mexico or Miami or even in Cuba.
They'd really prefer that you come to their island instead. Come to where you can feel like you're in another country, which you are (Spanish language, gas by the liter, roads by the kilometer), while still being in the United States, which you also are (same ol' dollar, no need for a passport). Have a good time, then please convince your friends to come, too. "You leave a five-star review on TripAdvisor, yes?" says the housekeeper at a hotel in San Juan. "You put down Hilton Caribe, five stars, please? Yes?"