Puerto Rico 411

As we gear up for Running USA 2019 in Puerto Rico,  we are pleased to share some of the most-asked questions about visiting the island. Take a look and feel free to reach out to christine@runningusa.org if you have other questions.

Travel basics

No passport is needed to travel to Puerto Rico and the official currency is the US dollar. 
There are no special immunization needs or requirements to visit Puerto Rico.

Travel cost

Is travel expensive? Nope! The average cost of a plane ticket is less than $450. It costs more to fly from San Diego to Boston. Think about booking now as we have seen flights from the West Coast under $400 RT in recent weeks. The airport code is SJU. 
Here are some sample airfares we found from major cities on Nov. 1, 2018.
Chicago - $292
Boston - $279
NYC - $239
Los Angeles - $354
Houston - $347
Seattle - $366


3 host hotels in 3 price ranges offer something for everyone's budget. Compared to past conferences, these are the most affordable hotel rates for conference - ever.

The three hotel options are:
Host hotel, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino. Room rates start at $219. Book here.
Overflow hotel, Hyatt House San Juan. Room rates start at $179. Book here.
Overflow hotel: Hyatt Place San Juan City Center. Room rates start at $169. Book here.

Thinking of being a beach bum and extending your trip for a few extra days? Isla Verde beach is only a 15 minute ride from the hotel. The conference room rate begins Thursday, Feb. 7 and concludes Thursday, Feb. 14.

Island transport

It’s just a short 15 minute taxi or rideshare ride from the airport to the conference hotel, the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino. Unless you are planning to explore outside of San Juan, we do not recommend renting a car.
The average taxi or rideshare from the host hotel and Old San Juan is less than $5 

Fun and games

Gambling is legal on Puerto Rico and if that’s your thing, it’s available at the Sheraton Hotel and Casino - our conference host hotel
The average temp in February is a high of 84 degrees and a low of 70 with little humidity
Puerto Ricans are known for their warm hospitality and are very friendly towards tourists
The host hotel is less than 3 miles from Old San Juan, the historic part of the city which is full of history, casual or formal dining options, shopping and nightlife.  

Hurricane recovery: open for business

No question the storms last year were devastating, but the convention and tourist districts are open for business. A small team from RUSA was recently there and it was like they never happened. San Juan’s economy is largely driven by conventions and tourists and our conference will be a huge boost to the ongoing recovery efforts of the island.

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