Caribbean-Bahamas

Historic Site
San Felipe del Morro
San Juan's Castillo San Felipe del Morro is one of the city's oldest landmarks. The building and grounds are managed by the U.S. National Park Service. Group, and individual tours can be organized.

Puerto Rico
The 371-room JW Marriott Hotel & Resort at Coco Beach is set to debut in 2013. The property  will have approximately 21,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 12,000-square-foot ballroom, seven meeting rooms, two boardrooms and five hospitality suites. The hotel also will offer a 36-hole, Tom Kite-designed championship golf course; a 17,775-square-foot spa and fitness center, and a 6,370-square-foot casino.

The 115-room Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach Resort & Spa will open late this year on the site of Laurance S. Rockefeller's former estate. Last fall, the site's East Course golf facility, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., reopened following an 18-month revamp, while the West Course is set for renovation this year.

According to the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., Fairmont Hotels & Resorts also will open a Dorado Beach property. The 500-room hotel will open on the site of the former Hyatt Regency Cerromar.

The 450-room Condado Vanderbilt has reopened following a complete renovation. The property, in the heart of the Condado tourist district, features 15,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa and four restaurants.

The 107-room Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar debuted this year. The property has 6,000 square feet of meeting space, a business center, a fitness center and a casino.

The 112-room Rincón Beach Resort has completed a $4.2 million expansion, adding a 3,440-square-foot ballroom and a 1,200-square-foot reception hall.

JetBlue has increased its service to Puerto Rico, offering an average of 35 flights per day from the U.S. mainland. Recently the carrier launched service to San Juan from Hartford, Conn.; Tampa, Fla.; and Jacksonville, Fla.

On the international front, new airlines serving Puerto Rico include British Airways, with service from London; Condor Airlines, offering flights from Frankfurt, Germany; and WestJet, serving the Canadian market from Toronto. Each of these international carriers offers twice-weekly flights to the island.

The 503-room Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino has a new eatery, Texas de Brazil, part of the steak house chain. The restaurant can accommodate groups of up to 250.

The 525-room San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino has completed a $2.2 million redesign of its lobby.

The 139-room St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort opened just over a year ago in Rio Grande. The property has an 18-hole golf course, a Remede Spa and 16 meeting rooms. The resort is home to chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Fern restaurant.

The 107-room Four Points by Sheraton Palmas del Mar Resort has been reflagged as the Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar.

The Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort is undergoing a complete makeover, during which the hotel's 255 guest rooms will be upgraded and its 15 meeting areas updated.

Rooms to Let
Puerto Rico, among the Caribbean's top meeting and convention destinations, currently has more than 1.3 million square feet of dedicated meeting and event space and about 15,000 hotel rooms.

Meeting Hotels
Meeting and incentive properties in Old San Juan include the 240-room Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel and 68-room Hotel El Convento.

The Convention Center District has the 503-room Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino.

On the beach between Old San Juan and Condado is the 910-room Caribe Hilton.

Condado features the 570-room Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, 525-room San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino and 248-room La Concha, a Renaissance Hotel.

For more detailed information on Puerto Rico's properties, visit the facility search at mcvenues.com.

Convention CenterPuerto Rico Convention Center
Puerto Rico Convention Center;
 exhibit space, approximately 152,700 square feet; ballroom, 39,500 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 15 (able to divide into 28 rooms); (800) 875-4765

Time Zone Puerto Rico observes Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time (except during Daylight Savings Time).

Airport Transit
 Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, about seven miles from the heart of downtown San Juan. Transfer cost by taxi, $15 to $20

Taxes
Room tax, 11% at casino hotels, 9% at noncasino hotels; sales tax, 5.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 11% or 9%

Group Venue
Send top performers and adventure-junkie types in your group soaring over central Puerto Rico's dramatically mountainous regions on a zipline. Toro Verde Adventure Park arranges group and individual runs. (787) 867-7020

Contact
Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, (800) 875-4765

Party Time
Most islands celebrate the pre-Lenten season with lively, colorful carnivals. For details: gocaribbean.about.com

Bahamas
The Baha Mar development, a new upscale hotel, convention, gaming and retail complex in the Cable Beach district of Nassau, is scheduled to fully open in 2014. Already open for business in Baha Mar are the 694-room Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and the 550-room Wyndham Nassau Resort. Three more hotel companies have committed to build at the site: Rosewood Hotels and Resorts (200 rooms), Morgans Hotel Group (300 rooms), and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts (700 rooms). The operator of a fourth newcomer, which will feature gaming, has yet to be announced. For more information: (215) 246-3402; bahamas.com

Anguilla
CusinArt Resort & SpaThe 93-room CuisinArt Resort & Spa last year acquired the island's Greg Norman-designed championship golf course. The property also recently debuted two new restaurants: Tokyo Bay, serving a wide variety of sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki, and Italia, on the first floor of the CuisinArt Golf Club's Mediterranean-style clubhouse. For more information: (914) 287-2400; ivisitanguilla.com