With many parts of the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe in the deep freeze, Puerto Rico is a Caribbean destination to consider for tropical get-aways to reward top performers and express appreciation to top tier clients. The destination is particularly beneficial to U.S. companies as no passport is required for Americans to travel to Puerto Rico.
Meet Puerto Rico has been introducing a number of MICE initiatives and promotions. Flights are 4 hours from New York City and 2 1/2 hours from Miami to San Juan's Luis Munoz Marín International Airport.
Golf is often a favorite pursuit of corporate teams that will not be disappointed by Puerto Rico's 25 courses. There are 8 luxury resorts with their own golf courses including Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve and El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.
From golf to the cobblestone streets and traditional architecture of old San Juan, there is something for everyone.
For a special treat, chocolate lovers can tickle their tastebuds at the Chocobar at Casa Corte, a cafe that celebrates art and chocolate.
Corporate groups will find eco-tourism adventures including a visit to Coamo Thermal Hot Springs, coffee hacienda tours, caving at Aventura Cueva Ventana and ziplining at Tanama National Forest. On Vieques Island, snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking in a lush setting is available. There is a Rain Forest Zipline Park in El Yunque.
Green hotels with solar panels include Turtle Bay Inn, Parador Villas del Mar Hau (in 3 beachfront cabins) and Hix Island House with solar power in 6 out of 19 lofts.
Luxury resorts include St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort and Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Puerto Rico also has a collection of small inns called Paradores that are ideal for small groups.
Great times to visit include Saint Sebastian Street Festival, during the 3rd week of January. Rates are particularly affordable from mid-April to June, before the rainy season when temperatures hover in the mid-80s.