Puerto Rico Travel Information
The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) is located just 12 minutes from the conference location and offers daily flights. Taxi service to and from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino cost approximately $20.00 USD per way.
The average year-round temperature is a balmy 82º F (28º C), with mild easterly trade winds. Most days are sunny and stunning, although there tends to be a bit more rain between August and October.
In Puerto Rico, you will find just about every type of ethnic cuisine to satisfy every palate, including the local “cocinacriolla” which you must try as soon as you arrive. There are also plenty of major American fast-food and casual dining chains island-wide.
As a territory of the United States, Puerto Rico uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency. ATMs are generally easy to find. Most businesses accept major credit cards, as well as traveler’s checks.
If you do need to drive anywhere, keep in mind that gas is sold by the liter and distance is measured in kilometers. Speed, however, is measured in miles per hour. Many national and local car rental companies operate at the airport and at key locations in the tourist districts. Click here for driving directions and parking information to the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino.
Puerto Rico has two official languages: Spanish and English.
The phone system is the same as in the U.S. and some major U.S. wireless carriers have good service here. Verizon and U.S. Cellular have very limited coverage in Puerto Rico. Please check with your service provider for coverage information or possible roaming charges. You may also want to plan for alternative communication such as Skype, Voxer, etc.
The Island‘s area codes are 787 and 939. You need to dial the area code before placing a call anywhere within Puerto Rico and the U.S. For international calls, international codes apply. Calling cards used in the U.S. can be used in Puerto Rico as well.
Puerto Rico is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is one hour later than U.S. Eastern Time (EST) from October through March and the same as Eastern Daylight Saving Time from April through October.
As in the U.S. mainland, a 15% to 20% tip is customary. Some hotels and restaurants add a 10% to 17% service charge to the total bill.
Becuase Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, US citizens do not need to carry a passport to travel to Puerto Rico. It also means that flights to Puerto Rico are considered domestic. Foreign nationals should have valid passports and visas are required.
Not a US citizen? Visit the U.S. Department of State’s website for more information on obtaining a visa.
The CDC has issued a Level 2 travel notice that recommends that travelers to Puero Rico practice enhanced precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who are infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant should not travel to Puerto Rico.