Cultural capital, Caribbean paradise, Gateway to the Americas, home of the pina colada – Puerto Rico has it all. As a U.S. territory and longtime getaway destination, the island enjoys easy accessibility from all U.S. hubs (no passport needed) and a well educated, highly trained workforce that includes seasoned hospitality professionals. Meeting venues in Puerto Rico in particular benefit from the island's industrial diversity, which ranges from the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and bio-medical solutions, to one of the largest rum distilleries in the world.
With meetings and conventions comprising nearly one-third of the Puerto Rico's tourism revenue, the island's hospitality and meeting industry takes group business seriously, offering more than 1.3 million square feet of conference and function space and nearly 14,000 hotel rooms island-wide to suit any budget. Options range from intimate board rooms for small groups to the largest ballroom in the Caribbean; the mix includes cosmopolitan hotels in the San Juan metropolitan area, as well as at luxurious resorts located on the island's most magnificent beaches.
Redefining Puerto Rico's tourism landscape is the Puerto Rico Convention Center Pedro Rossello. The largest facility of its type in the Caribbean, this visually dramatic facility has a wave-like roof and a 13-story "glass curtain" looking out across to the Atlantic. It evokes images of Puerto Rico's historic and natural surroundings. The center offers a 152,700-square-foot exhibition hall, a 39,500-square-foot ballroom and 36,200 square feet of meeting space in 15 flexible rooms with 28 breakout rooms. Technology at this state-of-the-art facility includes fully programmable lighting controls, broadband and wireless Internet connectivity, video-conferencing and satellite linking capabilities. The most technologically advanced facility in the Caribbean and Latin America, the center provides delegates with a high-tech, high-touch experience.
A full-service business center, catering and event staff, production rigging, sound and light staff are also available on site. The center is part of a district-sized, multi-use waterfront development that, upon completion, will offer delegates a selection of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues in a distinct tourist zone for business gatherings and events.
Beyond its meeting spaces, Puerto Rico is well known for its stunning beaches, lush tropical landscape and rich cultural heritage. Daytime group activities include hiking or team-building events in the El Yunque Rainforest, water sports, championship golf and spa activities. In Old San Juan, the oldest walled city in the Caribbean, visitors can explore 500 years of Spanish cultural heritage along cobblestone streets, which are lined with Colonial buildings that now house chic restaurants, contemporary art galleries and distinctive shopping opportunities. Evening options include private dining at top island restaurants, and enjoying live music, dance and other activities in hotel casinos, lounges, and nightclubs.
With the benefit of being geographically central to both North and South America, Puerto Rico enjoys ample airlift from around the globe; it is just over four hours of flying time from New York, two hours from Miami and is an eight-hour flight from London. Moreover, the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) is just ten minutes' drive from major tourist zones, Old San Juan and the Puerto Rico Convention Center Pedro Rossello.
Puerto Rico's sophisticated business sectors include manufacturing, financial services, pharmaceutical, agriculture and technology industries. As one of the world's leading rum producers, more than 80 percent of the rum sold in the U.S. originates in Puerto Rico. The island serves as headquarters for companies such as First BanCorp, Oriental Financial Group and R&G Financial Corporation.
Steeped in history, Puerto Rico offers visitors a distinctive cultural experience, as well as the natural beauty of an island boasting 272 miles of beaches and lush tropical landscape. The island's rich history, from its earliest Indian roots to Spanish colonial times, sets it apart from other Caribbean destinations and offers visitors unique sightseeing and cultural activities.
Discovered by Columbus on his second voyage to the New World, the island of Puerto Rico was originally known as Boriken and later as "San Juan." When Columbus arrived in 1493, he found the island inhabited by the Taino Indians who introduced Columbus and his men to the island's rich supply of gold. The island's status as a "rich port" suggested its new name – Puerto Rico.
In 1508, Ponce de Leon became Puerto Rico's first governor; soon after, Puerto Rico became Spain's most important military base in the Caribbean. To ward off the threat of European enemies, Spain began the construction of massive defenses around San Juan - which can still be visited today – including the construction of a wall surrounding the entire city. Forts San Cristobal and San Jeronimo were built, as well as El Morro Fortress, with its protective 18-foot-thick walls.
Once fortified against outside invasion, the islanders then set out to develop an internal economy. They began investing in the production of cattle, sugar cane, coffee and tobacco. Indians, Spaniards and Africans were brought to the island to work in the sugarcane fields, thus beginning Puerto Rico's intermingled culture. By the end of the 1800s, Puerto Rico had matured economically, socially and politically.
The island remained under Spanish rule until 1898, when the U.S. invaded during the Spanish-American War. During this same year, Spain ceded the island to the U.S. On March 2, 1917, under the Jones Act, Puerto Rico's residents became U.S. citizens. In 1952, Puerto Rico officially became a commonwealth of the U.S.
Today, visitors to Puerto Rico can enjoy the island's luxury accommodations, sophisticated infrastructure, vibrant nightlife and cutting-edge technology, while taking advantage of the flavor of Puerto Rico's unique past.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Puerto Rico boasts a spectacular tropical climate, with moderate year-round temperatures averaging in the 70s and 80s. The island's southern region is typically a few degrees warmer than the north, but the entire island experiences a temperature change of only 6°F between summer and winter months. Puerto Rico's warmest month is July, with an island-wide average high of 84°F and average low of 68°F, while the coldest month is January, with an island-wide average high of 79°F and average low of 62°F.
The average annual rainfall in Puerto Rico is 53 inches, much of which occurs during the rainy season from April to November. The amount of regional rainfall varies greatly across the island, with most occurring along Puerto Rico's north coast and highlights. Due to its warm temperatures, Puerto Rico has never experienced a documented snowfall.
Puerto Rico Convention Center
The Puerto Rico Convention Center District creates a singular destination for conventions, trade shows, consumer shows and congresses, and places Puerto Rico at the forefront of meeting and exhibition destinations. With its dramatic wave-like roofline and other dynamic architectural features, the $415-million Puerto Rico Convention Center Pedro Rossello is the core component of the 113-acre "lifestyle" urban development project known as the Puerto Rico Convention Center District.
Considered one of the largest and most ambitious waterfront development projects in the history of the U.S. and its territories, the Puerto Rico Convention Center District was conceived as a vibrant urban gathering place. Elements of the District include hotels, restaurants, movie theaters and other entertainment venues. Isla Grande is minutes away from historic Old San Juan, the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, and the Condado tourist area.
The Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino serves as the headquarter hotel to the Puerto Rico Convention Center Pedro Rossello. The 503-room property was the first building built in the Caribbean under the guidelines of the U.S Green Building Council; it features 35,000 square feet of state-of-the-art flexible meeting space in a conference center setting, including a 16,300-square foot ballroom, divisible into eight rooms; and a smaller, 7,700-square ballroom distinctively remarked by the natural lighting and views plus seven other meeting rooms, some that can be divided.
Information Desk - The Center provides information on restaurants, shopping areas, entertainment and attractions within the San Juan area. The Information Desk is staffed for conventions, conferences and trade shows, and is conveniently located in the main lobby.
Telecommunications & Internet - The Telecommunications Department provides exclusive in-house services that can be tailored to meet specific event organizers and exhibitor's needs.
The facility can provide broadband and wireless Internet connectivity at high speeds (T-1), video conferencing, and simultaneous language translations, among others. All meeting rooms and ballrooms are equipped with Ethernet connection and capabilities.
First Bank Business Center - The on-site Business Center is conveniently located in the lobby. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and can be extended as needed. Services and products include: computer rental, printing, secretarial services, copying, fax transmission and receipt, package shipping, office products, and other services.
Parking - Self-parking lots are conveniently located adjacent to the Convention Center with parking for 1,800 vehicles. Valet parking is also available.
Building Security - The Center provides in-house security for the premises only. The building's security staff maintains 24-hour security coverage for the Center's perimeter areas, internal corridors and life safety alarm system. The staff also secures exterior and interior access doors as well as monitors internal traffic flow.
Catering & Concessions - The Food and Beverage Department is prepared to offer the finest quality products and service for all functions, from coffee breaks to exquisite gala banquets. Concession operations are available to provide retail sale of food and beverage for events. Permanent stands and portable theme carts are also available to enhance any event's program by featuring a variety of specialty food and beverage items. Special menus are available to event organizers and exhibitors that will provide for in-booth food service.
Cleaning - The Center's staff takes great pride in the maintenance of the facility. Every aspect of the facility is carefully serviced to provide you with a clean and attractive environment to house your event and welcome your members, attendees, patrons and guests.
Puerto Rico is the airline hub of the Caribbean with over 1,900 non-stop and direct flights that arrive to Puerto Rico from the U.S., Canada, Latin America and European cities each week. Puerto Rico is closer than you think - less than five hours from Chicago, under four from New York City and under three from Panama City.
Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU)
Approximate taxi fare: $163.36
The Luis Munoz Marin International Airport is located just 20 minutes or 10 miles (16 km) southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico and just 13 minutes or 7 miles (11 km) from the Puerto Rico Convention Center Pedro Rossello. Most San Juan hotels are no more than a 15 minute cab ride from the terminal.
The airport services 10 million travelers each year, offering direct connections throughout the domestic U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean and Madrid.
Airline carriers serving Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
Puerto Rico's Regional Service to and from other Caribbean destinations also available through air carriers that include American, Air Canada, Air Sunshine, British Airways, Cape Air, Condor, Iberia, Insel Air, Jet Blue, LIAT, Seaborne, Sun Country, Tradewind Aviation, and Vieques Airlink.
Borinquen Airport (BQN)
The Borinquen Airport (BQN), located in Aguadilla, serves the West Coast of the Island and areas such as Rincon, Arecibo and Mayaguez. Carriers include JetBlue, Continental and Spirit.
Mercedita Airport (PSE)
The Mercedita Airport (PSE) located in Ponce, serves the Southern and Caribbean coastline regions of Puerto Rico and offers 21 non-stop flights to New York (JFK) and Orlando (MCO).
The Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA) operates in the San Juan metropolitan area, providing daily service to Old San Juan, Guaynabo, Bayamon, Trujillo Alto, Catano and Carolina on 30 routes. About 112,000 passengers ride one of the AMA's 277 buses each week.
Buses run Monday through Friday from 4:30 AM to 10 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 AM to 10 PM. One-way fare is $0.75 for adults and $0.60 for students.
The 10.7-mile Tren Urbano, or Urban Train, is a rapid transit system – the first of its kind in the Caribbean – that links the central San Juan business district to Bayamon and Guaynabo. The Tren Urbano operates on one route stopping at 16 elevated, grade-level and underground stations. Discussions to extend the system to Old San Juan and the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport are currently underway.
Tren Urbano runs daily from 5:30 AM to 11:30 PM. A single trip is $0.75 for adults, free for adults transferring from an AMA bus or $0.25 for adults transferring from a Metrobus bus. Fares are $0.35 for Students and free for children under 6 and Seniors over 75.
Avis, Budget, Charlie, Dollar, Hertz, National and Thrifty are all represented at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. Car rental counters are located throughout the terminal ground floor.
Puerto Rico has numerous taxi companies, many of which serve the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. The white Official Tourism Company-sponsored taxis are identified by the official logo and "Taxi Turistico" label on the front doors. These taxis offer fixed rates to different popular attractions around the Metro Area from and to the Airport.
Tourist Taxis are metered with rates starting at $1.75 and increasing by $1.90 per mile. Travelers should expect around a $15 fixed rate fare from the airport to Old San Juan if the Taxi Turistico are used.
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