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San Juan, Puerto Rico on Lonely Planet where to go 2018 list

October 24, 2017

In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 photo, a couple watches the sunset from Norzagaray street one month after Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The expansive grounds of the Castillo San Felipe del Morro are open around the Spanish fort overlooking San Juan Bay, but the fort itself is still closed. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Lonely Planet has put San Juan, Puerto Rico, on its list of best cities to visit in 2018 .

The list was compiled before Hurricane Maria hit. A fourth of island residents are still without potable running water, 80 percent lack electricity and only 10 percent of the island’s 5,000 miles of roads open.

Bailey Freeman, a Lonely Planet editor, says the publisher believes San Juan “will be back on its feet for travelers in 2018.”

San Juan is No. 8 on the list. Seville, Spain, is No. 1, followed by Detroit; Canberra, Australia; Hamburg, Germany; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Antwerp, Belgium; and Matera, Italy. Guanajuato, Mexico, and Oslo are last.

Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries for 2018 are Chile, South Korea, Portugal, Djibouti, New Zealand, Malta, Georgia, Mauritius, China and South Africa.

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