There’s plenty to see and do in Christchurch, New Zealand; you just need to know where to look.
Start with some sightseeing and exercise while walking through Hagley Park and Botanic Gardens. Located right in the center of the city, it has been part of the landscape since it was planted to commemorate a royal union back in the 1860s.
For a little shopping and strolling, head to one of the city’s many local markets. Feel like a local at The Riccarton Market on Sundays, find homemade pastries and cooking demonstrations at the Christchurch Farmer’s Market or fill up on Fridays with street food on Cathedral Square in center city.
Take a walk on the wilder side at Quail Island, an uninhabited island near Christchurch. Hike the scenic landscape. Splurge on a cruise vessel for $30 a ticket, or talk to your hotel concierge about other possible options.
For about $20 a ticket you can visit the Canterbury Museum, or see the sights by walking around Brighton pier and the Bridle Path Walk.
Whatever you decide to do, you can easily fill the day with affordable attractions, free sightseeing and lots of fresh air. Save your pennies for fun experiences, fresh food and a few splurges as you explore.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.
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