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Temporary Mandates from 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 (updated 20 Sep 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and in outdoor spaces where 50 or more people are gathered.
🛒 Restaurants, bars, and stores must remain closed from 12 midnight to 5am. This limitation does not apply to supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, food take out and delivery, or healthcare.
🍺 Alcohol cannot be sold anywhere, nor consumed in public, from 12 midnight to 5am.
🚩 Effective 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 per executive order EO-2021-065. Note that this executive order was extended until 14 Oct on 20 Sep.
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 30 Aug 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces.
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older. If you are unvaccinated and staying more than a week, you are required to show new negative test results weekly. Effective 16 Aug 2021 per executive order EO-2021-062.
🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documention to access their facility.This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021 per executive order EO-2021-063.
✈️ All domestic travelers arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older.If you are un-vaccinated and do not have negative results when you arrive to PR, you have 48 hours to produce those results. Otherwise you will be fined $300 per person. See the PR Government Travel Safe site for details, and to submit your contact tracing information

The Convention Center is for More than Just Meetings

Puerto Rico Convention Center

The Puerto Rico Convention Center (officially the Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico Dr. Pedro Rosselló González) is more than just a venue for professional gatherings. It is often a place for fun — hosting fairs, shows and exhibitions of interest to the general public.

Located just steps from the Pan American cruise ship pier in the Isla Grande/Miramar neighborhood, it is a short ride from Isla Verde, Condado, and Old San Juan. It may be just the type of fun you are looking for during your visit. And now, within walking distance to the Convention Center they have hotels/casinos, and the Distrito T-Mobile area, which has bars, stores and shops and concert fun!

Newly opened in 2005, this modern design building is beautiful inside and out — from the fountains outside, to the custom chandelier inside, to the wave-shaped roof overhead. With space to accommodate 25,000 visitors, it is easily the largest convention center in the Caribbean. Being in Puerto Rico, it is a really cool place for professional meetings and conventions.

But the convention center is not all work and no play. The center is also host to all sorts of fun events, including home shows, ComicCon, Gaming Xplosion Fest, bridal and fashion shows, concerts, food/restaurant festivals, sporting events … almost anything you can imagine.

Two of the more unusual events are Inflalandia (when the fill the convention center with all kinds of inflatable, jumpy-things for kids) and Winter Wonderland (when the make snow inside the convention center for tubing, snowball fights, and other wintertime fun).

Some of the events have free admission, while some require a paid ticket. Depending on the event, you will often get samples, interesting seminars, competitions to watch, shopping options, and (since this is Puerto Rico), live music and food!

My favorite events are the specialty food and drink festivals and competitions that they have throughout the year — like the Cattleman’s BBQ, Wine & Food Fest, Sangria Festival, Rum & Beer Fest, and the Coffee & Chocolate Expo.

At most of the events, Spanish is the primary language. But some are in English. Even so, there are always plenty of people that be able to communicate with you in either language. We’ve never had a problem.

It is air-conditioned and inside, so it is a great rainy day option!

Check out the convention center’s calendar of events to see what is happening while you are in town. Oddly, not all events are on their published calendar, so watch our events calendar and Facebook Page for postings of events we hear about.

If some of the people (or all of you) prefer another kind of fun … while you are in the area, just steps away, is the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, The Ficus Cafe, Distrito T-Mobile and a few other restaurants.

Details

There is parking available (for a fee). A few public bus routes swing past the convention center.

You can call the Puerto Rico Convention Center at 800-214-0420 for more information.

You can check the Puerto Rico Convention Center web site for more information. For info on the T-Mobile District, check out their web site

The Puerto Rico Convention Center is located at 100 Convention Blvd. in San Juan.

We are in the process of updating the maps we use on our web site. While we're working on that, you can click on the GPS coordinates below to view the location on Google Maps ...

PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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