July 01, 2024
By Featured Venues & Destinations

For meeting planners looking to host an unforgettable convention that blends productivity with unique sun and culture can look forward to the Puerto Rico Convention District. This dynamic destination offers everything you need to create a successful event while captivating your attendees with its rich cultural tapestry, delectable gastronomy, and a wide array of accommodations.

Delectable gastronomy for all attendee palates.

Move over, stale convention center fare! The Puerto Rico Convention District tantalizes taste buds with a vibrant culinary scene. Your attendees can embark on a delicious journey, savoring both traditional Puerto Rican cuisine and international flavors.

  • Island Inspiration: Introduce your guests to the heart of Puerto Rican cuisine. Offer them local favorites like mofongo (mashed plantains with meat), pasteles (savory turnovers), and fresh seafood dishes bursting with vibrant Caribbean flavors.
  • Global Gastronomy: Step outside the island for a taste of the world. The district boasts a diverse selection of restaurants, from American steakhouses like Texas de Brazil to trendy sushi bars. Don't forget to explore the surrounding Miramar area, where hidden gem eateries offer a chance to experience the local culinary scene.
  • Rum and Revelry: No Puerto Rican experience is complete without a taste of the Island’s world-renowned rum. Plan a visit to a nearby local distillery for a rum-tasting experience, or incorporate rum cocktails and mocktails into your event's social gatherings.

Accommodations where comfort and convenience meet.

The Puerto Rico Convention District caters to every attendee's needs with a variety of hotels, all within walking distance of the convention center. From luxury stays to business-friendly accommodations, you can create a comfortable and convenient experience for your attendees.

  • The Sheraton Puerto Rico Resort & Casino: This property offers over 500 guest rooms adjacent to the Puerto Rico Convention Center and is perfect for large conventions and also offers 35,000 sq. ft of meeting space. Attendees and guests will enjoy the location of the property for local activities and also enjoy the amenities including a casino, spa, and rooftop infinity pool. 
  • Hyatt House San Juan and Hyatt Place San Juan: For attendees who prefer a more contemporary and flexible space, these Hyatt properties offer studio and suite-style rooms with amenities like kitchens and separate living areas.
  • Aloft San Juan: the newest property in the Puerto Rico Convention District and located inside Distrito T-Mobile is geared to the attendees that want to be near the action of the venue. The hotel also has a pool and all the needed amenities for a bleisure trip. 

Beyond the boardroom, blend Puerto Rico’s culture into your meeting. 

Break free from the convention center walls and delve into the vibrancy of Puerto Rican culture. Here are some experiences to offer your attendees:

  • Explore Old San Juan: Step back in time with a walking tour of Old San Juan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through charming cobblestone streets lined with colorful Spanish colonial architecture.
  • Immerse yourself in art: Explore Puerto Rico's rich artistic heritage with a visit to the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, showcasing local and international art collections, or walk around calle Cerra to admire the local street art scene. 
  • Feel the rhythm: Immerse your attendees in the pulsating rhythms of Puerto Rico with a live salsa performance or a traditional bomba and plena music demonstration.
  • Hit the beach: No Caribbean experience is complete without a beach day. Arrange for a group excursion to a nearby beach where attendees can soak up the sun, swim in crystal clear waters, and enjoy some fun on the sand.

Beyond the Blog: Pro tips for planning Your Puerto Rico convention

  • Embrace the outdoors: Take advantage of Puerto Rico's year-round sunshine by incorporating outdoor activities into your event schedule. Consider hosting a networking reception on a rooftop terrace with stunning city views or arrange for a team-building activity on the beach.
  • Embrace sustainability: Highlight Puerto Rico's commitment to sustainability by partnering with eco-friendly hotels and venues. Offer reusable water bottles and locally sourced catering options to minimize your event's footprint.
  • Embrace the language: While English is widely spoken, learning a few basic Spanish phrases like "Hola" (hello) and "Gracias" (thank you) goes a long way in showing respect for the local culture.

By incorporating these elements, the Puerto Rico Convention District can transform your event from a simple gathering into a truly unforgettable experience that blends business with pleasure, leaving your attendees with lasting memories and a taste of the Caribbean paradise.

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