Puerto Rico - Back in Business

San Juan has been restored to excellent condition and ready to welcome visitors

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by Moira Sherman

If you are still wondering if Puerto Rico is ready to host incentive programs, the answer is a definitive yes – the island is open for business and offering more enchanting experiences than ever to visitors! Despite the lingering misconception that Puerto Rico isn’t yet ready to welcome tourists, the island has made exceptional strides since Hurricane Maria. The Category 4 storm landed itself in the history books in September 2017 as one of the worst natural disasters in recent memory, hitting two weeks after the passing of Hurricane Irma. However, the positive outlook and resilience of its people are evident in how Puerto Ricans have pulled together to repair the island's infrastructure with efforts that continue to this day. Tourism conditions have only gotten better and visitors’ experience in tourist zones is as vibrant as ever before in this world-class destination.  

San Juan, encompassing hundreds of years of history  Photo Credit: worldnomads.com

San Juan, encompassing hundreds of years of history

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The combination of history, scenery, attractions, diverse cultures and warm people make this Caribbean gem a major draw for meetings and incentive groups.  Plus, it’s an easy flight from the U.S or Canada and no passport is needed for American citizens. Since Puerto Rico isn’t a big island, one can easily travel from one end to the other in a single day. The white sand beaches are as stunning as always, and over 180 tourist attractions are ready to welcome visitors. This tropical island offers off-the-beaten track adventures and unique culinary experiences all perfectly suited to delight incentive groups. Take in the vibrant night life in bustling, historic Old San Juan, explore the adventurous side of the island or engage in authentic activities incorporating the local culture.

A series of videos was created to debunk misconceptions and instead, remind travelers that Puerto Rico is "Ready to Enchant You." The videos feature Luis Fonsi, the award-winning singer of the global hit song "Despacito”. Check out this one for further inspiration! https://youtu.be/rnBuI5-pHis

Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a UNESCO site  Photo Credit: tripsavvy.com

Castillo San Felipe del Morro, a UNESCO site

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Playa Flamenco - Culebra  Photo Credit: cnntravel.com

Playa Flamenco - Culebra

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Hotels

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel – San Juan

An outstanding option for groups for both meetings and incentive programs. Built originally in 1919, this unique and historic luxury hotel boasts a truly beautiful setting, magnificent facilities with the opulence of a bygone era, fantastic recreational options and beach access. The Condado features Spanish Revival architecture, 319 guest rooms and suites, exquisitely remodeled function space, and 5,000 square feet of beautiful terrace space with uninterrupted views of the Atlantic.  This property was re-opened within a week after Hurricane Maria.

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel Main Pool  Photo Credit: condadovanderbilt.com

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel Main Pool

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Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

An opulent, private hideaway on 50 acres of land in Dorado, just west of San Juan. The property is a AAA Five Diamond hotel and proud to be the Caribbean’s only 2017 Forbes Five-Star Hotel and Spa award winner. Following a meticulous restoration, Dorado Beach is more spectacular than ever before featuring expanded offerings, amenities and facilities. The ultra luxury resort reopened its doors in October.

Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve  Photo Credit: forbestravelguide.com

Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve

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St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

Following a US$60 million renovation, the 139-room property is located on the northeast corner of the island between El Yunque National Forest and Espíritu Santo River State Preserve. The renovation is inclusive of every guest room and suite and the Plantation House, the heart of the resort. Also included was the replanting of 70,000 native plants. The resort is working in collaboration with the Bahia Beach Resort Golf Club and the nonprofit Alma de Bahia organization to provide volunteer opportunities for those who wish to assist with the island’s recovery efforts, adding a CSR option to incentive programs.

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort  Photo Credit: marriott.com

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

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Activities:

·      Guided city tour of Old San Juan visiting Fort San Cristobal and the Ruin of Caparra (tour on foot or Segway)

·      Visit Casa Bacardi, explore the distillery and enjoy a rum tasting experience

·      Sunset sail in San Juan Bay on a 19th century Schooner

·      Night Kayak in the bioluminescent lagoon of Laguna Grande

·      Hike the El Yunque Rainforest with a Zipline canopy experience

Photo Credit: islandsofpuertorico.com

Photo Credit: islandsofpuertorico.com

El Yunque National Forest  Photo Credit: carabalirainforestpark.com

El Yunque National Forest

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Contact us to plan your group’s next visit to beautiful Puerto Rico, a place rich in artistic, cultural and historical heritage.