Patrick - Here the info to mention: Puerto Rico boasts world-class hotels and resorts that offer a wide range of accommodations, conference and recreational choices. Most major hotels offer casinos too. Small Inns and “Paradores” throughout the island offer visitors a true flavor of Puerto Rico.
MeetPuerto Rico! Presentation by: Dyhalma Torres Director of Sales Puerto Rico Convention Bureau
E xotic, Yet Familiar• U.S. Commonwealth Status• No passport or visa required for U.S. citizens• Currency, language, phone system, mail service and banking same as in the U.S.
Our Capital:Old S an San Juan J uan C ondad o Is la Verde
Air Access•Puerto Rico is the hub for the Caribbeanmaking us a very accessible destination.•Flight time is only 2 hours and 15 minutesfrom Miami, 3 hours from Atlanta, 3 and ½hours from Washington, DC or New York, 4½ hours from Chicago or Dallas and 7 hoursfrom Los Angeles .
A irlift•Over 400 domestic non-stop weekly flights into San Juan.•Over 600 international flights per week fromEurope, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Traveling to Puerto RicoAirlift Hub for the Caribbean with direct flightsEntry/ Travel Documents Drivers License, no other form of IDRequired required to enter /depart Puerto Rico.Customs/ Immigration Not ApplicableShipping/ Mail Service Same as in the U.S. Puerto Rico is serviced by the U.S Postal Service and all major couriers.
His tory500 Years of history beginning with ChristopherColumbus’ discovery in 1493.
C ultureFascinating culture combining the best of TainoIndian, Spanish, Latino, African & Americaninfluences.
C limateClimate – average year round temperature between70 and 80 degrees allowing outdoor activities allyear.
Following a comprehensive renovation project,this month the 450-room Condado VanderbiltHotel opened its doors for meetings and specialfunctions. Currently the property features 15,000sq. ft. of distinctive event space, including aballroom with ocean views, glass pavilions forprivate dining and events, a dedicatedboardroom and other unique function spaces.Once guest rooms are open, amenities willinclude a full-service space, five-star fitnesscenter, butler and concierge service, a fully-staffed business center and four on-site diningoptions.
Another addition to Puerto Rico’s folio ofhigh-end properties is the 139-suite St.Regis Bahia Beach featuring 5,000 sq. ft. ofmeeting space and a 10,000 sq. ft. RémedeSpa. The property is home to a Robert TrentJones Jr. championship golf course as wellas Jean Georges, one of the top tenrestaurants in the world.
Another luxury addition is the 157-room W Retreat & Spa, ViequesIsland. This beachside resortfeatures 3,500 sq. ft. of meetingspace, a dedicated welcomelounge at the nearby airport, infinitypools, tennis, a fitness center andspa and is also the home of AlainDucasse’s newest fusionrestaurant, MiX on the Beach.
Slated to open in December 2012, located in theformer setting of the renowned Laurance Rockefellerresort property in Dorado Beach. The 130-room resortwill include 100 guestrooms and 14 one-bedroomsuites, including six with rooftop pools. In addition, SuCasa, a colonial-style hacienda located on theproperty, will be restored as a five-bedroom villa forweddings and private events.
In 2013, Fairmont Hotels & Resortswill roll-out its brand in Puerto Ricowhen it opens a 500-room propertyon the site of the former HyattRegency Cerromar, also in Dorado.
B eachesOver 272 miles of some of the most beautifulbeaches in the world
E l Yunque Rainfores tEl Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National ForestSystem. In its 28,000 acres you will find over 1,200 plant species,97 species of birds including the Puerto Rican parrot, 35 species ofamphibians and reptiles including our native tree frog called coqui,240 native tree species among countless waterfalls and trails. ElYunque is currently a candidate to be voted one of the New 7Wonders of the World.
E xplore C aves Camuy River Cave Park, is one of the largest cave systems in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Located in northwestern Puerto Rico, the caverns are part of a large network of natural limestone caves and underground waterways carved out by the third-largest underground river in the world, the Río Camuy. The 268-acre park built around the cave system features tours of some of the caves and sinkholes, and is one of our most popular natural attractions.
Zip-Lining When it comes to our zip-line adventures, it’s not just quality but quantity that matters. Whether you strap in face-down in the clutches of The Beast and fly at 60 miles per hour over 4,000 feet or descend to the mouth of an underground river, our zip-lines provide an exhilarating thrill ride.
The B iolumines cent B aysThis unique bays contains up to 720,000 single-celled bioluminescentdinoflagellates per gallon of water. These half-plant, half-animalorganisms emit a flash of bluish light when agitated at night. The highconcentration of these creatures can create enough light to read a bookfrom. On moonless nights, the water sparkles with tiny glowingflagellate creatures. You can enjoy this wonder of the world on a touraboard a glass bottom boat or on an ocean kajak tour.
S cuba DivingGet away from the world above and dive to he wonders below; theexciting world of fun and adventure beneath the turquoise waters ofPuerto Rico. Scuba diving is offered on the eastern side of the Island,Fajardo, known to be one of the best scuba diving site in the world.Non-certified divers are welcome.
C atamaran Day S ail You will enjoy a 30-minute sail to Icacos or one of thesurrounding islands. Once the catamaran arrives at the islandit actually beaches so that when you disembark they are inknee-deep water. On the island they will have theopportunity to take advantage of our professional instructionin snorkeling, they can beach comb, swim or snorkel offshoreor just relax on the beach.
Old S an J uan His torical Dis trictNarrow cobblestone streets, colorful colonial buildings, 500year old Spanish fortresses overlooking the Atlantic Ocean,fascinating museums, churches, art galleries, boutiques,outlet stores, handcrafts and fine dining, everything bathedby a tropical breeze.
B acardi Rum Dis tilleryThe Bacardi Rum Distillery provides a very interesting tour of the plant,museum and bottling line finishing. There you will have the opportunityto learn about the tradition of processing and aging of Bacardi’s finestrums. Then its off to the tasting bar to be treated to a complimentaryrum drink followed by a visit to their gift shop where rum can bepurchased at discounted prices.
Golfing in Puerto RicoGolfing in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico has some of the best golfcourses anywhere in the Caribbean: they are both beautiful in theirsetting as well as challenging. Balmy weather and the constanttrade winds make for the most ideal playing conditions – there isperfect golf weather almost every day of the year. Virtually all ofthe courses are of championship caliber, created by some of theworld’s best golf course designers.