Pedernales has become the center of attention of authorities, businessmen and traders, just hours before the Cabo Rojo port opens this Thursday with the arrival of the Norwegian Cruise, a ship that will depart from Miami, Florida, with some 3,000 excursionists on board.
Surprise and excitement are some of the feelings shared by the merchants of the province of Pedernales before this event.
“We are in a before and after that will mark a milestone in the history of Pedernales, in which, at last, comes what the population has always longed for: the development of tourism”, said Santiago Rodríguez, owner of the typical ranch Cueva de las Águilas. In this business alone, he said he has “more than 300 reservations” for lunch today.
Margarita José Pérez, who has a store and a cafeteria at the Malecón port, hopes that “everything will flow”, in view of what she described as a new experience for the merchants in the area.
At least 800 hikers could have contact with the park and the Malecón, explained Odanis Grullón, owner of Navío Bar and Sea Food, so expectations are high.
However, some question the impact these tourists could have on the town’s economy. José Pérez, owner of a grocery store in front of the Pedernales park, expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that the work is located far from the center of the city and questioned the arrival of tomorrow, assuring that the businesses in the area were not informed.