World-Class Infrastructure

The secret to a successful country is to have everyone well connected. Through its highway systems, power grids, and state-of-the-art data channels, Puerto Rico is positioned to offer the very best.

Ground Transportation: A Modern Transportation Network

More than 24,000 miles of highway make all points on Puerto Rico no more than two hours from any airport or seaport on the island. Puerto Rico has an extensive road system with a main freeway crossing the north side from San Juan to Arecibo, and another one linking San Juan to Ponce that crosses the central east side from the north to the south coasts. Another important freeway goes from San Juan to Canóvanas in the northeast.

In addition, an efficient mass transit system, known as "Tren Urbano" (Urban Train), interconnects the San Juan metro area. Also operational in 2012, is the new bus rapid transit (BRT) system that aims to extend the Urban Train line through connections to island suburbs.

Airports: World-Class Air Service

Puerto Rico’s air access is by far the best in the Caribbean, which characterizes the island as the gateway to the Caribbean. Puerto Rico has eleven airports servicing residents and visitors, of which three have direct service to the U.S. mainland. The San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) serves as the regional hub, receiving upwards of 8 million passengers a year. It handles 4,300 cargo flights per month and over 1,800 weekly flights from more than 20 airlines connecting Puerto Rico to worldwide destinations. It provides direct service to more than 20 domestic cities and many international destinations in the Caribbean, North America, South America, and Europe. Typical flight time from Miami to San Juan is under three hours, while it takes approximately four hours to fly direct from New York City.

Puerto Rico is serviced by legacy, low cost, international and regional carriers, along the likes of American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Continental Airlines, US Airways, JetBlue(currently the major air carrier provider), AirTran Airways, Spirit Airlines, Iberia, Copa Airlines, Air Canada, West Jet, British Airways, Condor, Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines, Liat, Vieques Air Link, Air Flamenco, among others.

Puerto Rico's two other international airports are Mercedita Airport (PSE), located on the south side of the island in Ponce, and Rafael Hernandez Airport (BQN), which is located on the west side of the island in Aguadilla and serves as an air cargo hub. The Aguadilla international airport is the first airport in Puerto Rico to be appointed, in its entirety, as a free trade zone by the Foreign-Trade Zone Board (FTZB), under the U.S. Department of Commerce. This new status for Aguadilla airport will significantly impact the region with economic benefits, which include tariff and tax exemptions for those companies operating in an area designated as a free zone.

In addition, International carriers such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL, as well as the United States Postal Service, offer airfreight services, including next day door-to-door service.

Learn more information about San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

Seaports: State-of-the-Art Port Facilities

Puerto Rico has three main state of the art port facilities in San Juan, Ponce and Mayaguez. San Juan has the largest cruise ship harbor in the Eastern Caribbean and it stands as the main harbor for several cruise ship companies. This busy seaport services 1.2 million cruise ship passengers per year. Seven cruise lines use San Juan as both a transit port and a homeport: Carnival, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Azamara, Seabourn, Silversea, Sea Dream. An additional nine cruise lines use San Juan as a transit port: Holland America, Regent, MSC, Norwegian, Disney Cruise Line, Princess, Club Med, Oceania, P&O.

Considering Puerto Rico is only 3 to 4 days away from most locations on the East Coast and 10 days from the West Coast of the United States, and just two weeks from Europe, it is easy to understand the value of its strategic location.

Abundant Electricity and Water

Puerto Rico has a state-of-the-art power grid that is managed by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA). It features a diversified generating capacity of 5,538 megawatts and is capable of providing business users a dependable electric power source. Currently, major projects are under way to transition to sustainable energy sources and reduce the island's dependence on oil.

The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) operates nearly 10,000 miles of water mains and aqueducts and provides waste treatment facilities throughout the island. The quality of water in Puerto Rico meets rigorous U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

PRASA service rates vary depending on use and diameter of the water meter. Most industrial facilities are connected to a 2-inch water meter.

Communications: Well-Connected to the World

As an Island, we recognize the value of being well-connected.

Puerto Rico has a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure to make sure businesses and residents’ alike stay well-connected to the world. Key attributes include:

  • Island-Wide Broadband Service: Puerto Rico's fiber optic telecommunication network provides all necessary infrastructures for VoIP and broadband data connectivity to supply industry needs for landline services, wireless and cloud services and Ethernet. Nearly two dozen Internet service providers on the island keep costs competitive.

  • Undersea Fiber Optic Cable: Puerto Rico has worldwide Internet access as part of the Puerto Rico undersea fiber optic cable of the American Region Caribbean Optical-Ring System. This undersea fiber optic cable system connects the island to the United States, Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

  • Robust Satellite System: Some 92 communications satellites also connect Puerto Rico to the world.

  • Long distance voice, data and video services, as well as WATS lines (800 and 888 numbers) are offered by several providers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Claro.

Convention Center

Meeting in Puerto Rico will never be the same. The Puerto Rico Convention Center is the largest in the Caribbean and the most technologically advanced throughout both the Caribbean and Latin America. Boasting 580,000 square feet of total space, the Center can accommodate groups of up to 10,000 in an ideal setting with all the wonders that the island has to offer.

For more information visit: www.prconvention.com