I’m sitting on my balcony at the San Juan Marriott, winding down this press trip here in Puerto Rico. I didn’t know, having never visited Puerto Rico, that the unique aspects of this U.S. commonwealth would combine to create such an amazing experience, hospitality-wise. Puerto Rico is a mix of cultures, of course. Most everyone speaks both English and Spanish, and Latin and Spanish influences are everywhere. But it’s also easy to get to, requiring no passport, and all conveniences are here–including the biggest Walgreens in the United States. The Condado area of San Juan is an interesting mix of urban nightlife, restaurants, residential homes, and several large, beachfront hotels like the San Juan Marriott & Stellaris Casino. This makes it a popular destination for tourists and other groups, but also for local residents. In fact, there were several proms and events going on at the hotel during our stay.
This mix between resort-style amenities in an urban setting means that it’s easy to reach some of the most popular attractions in the area like horseback/ATV tours, some of Puerto Rico’s best restaurants, Old San Juan, and the Barcardi Distillery–all of which we visited during our time here.
Because this was my first press trip with Convene, I was interested to see what the other journalists I was traveling with would be curious about as we toured around San Juan. We were a group of writers covering business, group, and meeting travel and destinations, so most of our interests were focused there. But what’s great is that the wonderful representatives of the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau did not forget that we’re visitors to the island too, interested not only in the convention center and various sites (and we saw many great ones), but also in the people and attractions that make Puerto Rico a unique destination.