The conference will be held at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez (UPRM). Located on the west coast of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez is a major college town, with many restaurants and pubs catering to the 14,000 students at the UPRM. The university campus is walking distance from the downtown area (el pueblo, as it’s known locally), which is renowned for colonial architecture and picturesque squares. There are excellent beaches nearby in Rincón—the surfing capital of the Caribbean—and Cabo Rojo, which are a short drive from town. While there is direct transportation to Mayagüez from area airports (taxis and públicos), renting a car is strongly recommended.
Mayagüez Airport (Code: MAZ) just north of downtown; 15-minute drive. Several direct flights to San Juan each day; connection service from San Juan to the US is available on several major carriers (including Cape Air’s codeshares with JetBlue, American, and United). Taxi to downtown $8-12 dollars. Car rental (recommended) or via públicos (Linea Sultana Público 787-832-2502, 787-765-9377).
San Juan Airport (Code: SJU) 110 miles; 3-hour drive. Direct to/from: most major US cities and Madrid. (There is also one flight per week to Frankfurt.) Transportation to Mayagüez: Car rental (recommended) or via públicos (Linea Sultana Público 787-832-2502, 787-765-9377).
Aguadilla Airport (Code: BQN) 20 miles; 45-minute drive. Direct to/from: JFK, Newark, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale. Transportation to Mayagüez: Car rental (recommended), taxi (40$ ).
Ponce Airport (Code: PSE) 40 miles; 90-minute drive: Direct to/from: New York and Orlando. Transportation to Mayagüez: Car rental (recommended), taxi (50$).
Hotels: Walking Distance to campus (map of downtown)
Hotel Colonial. www.hotelcolonial.com
Singles 49$, Doubles 69$, Quads 99$.
14 Calle s. Iglesia, Mayagüez 787-833-2150
70 Calle Méndez Vigo, Mayagüez 787-832-9191
Hotels: Short Distance (10-20 minute drive)
Holiday Inn Mayagüez
2701 Highway #2, Mayagüez 787- 833-1100
Rincón Inn – http://www.rinconinn.com/
Single 45$; double 75$
Route 115, Km 11.6, Barrio Pueblo, Rincón 787-823-7070
Villa Cofresi – http://www.villacofresi.com/
Route 115, Km 12.0, Rincón 787-823-2450
Coconut Palms Inn – http://www.coconutpalmsinn.com
2734 Calle 8, Comunidad Estela, Rincón 787-431-4313
The Pinneapple Inn http://www.thepineappleinn.net
#2911, Calle 11, Rincón – 787-823-1430
General Tourism Information:
• US citizens do not need a passport, visa, or vaccinations to visit Puerto Rico. Phone calls (text messages, and so on) to and from island numbers (787) are the equivalent of calling any other US exchange. Flights to/from the island and the continental US are domestic service.
Things to do in the Mayagüez area:
• Visit the Arecibo Observatory, where Jame Bond Goldeneye was filmed
• Go surfing (or take a lesson) in Rincón
• Visit the beaches in Cabo Rojo or Aguadilla
• Walk across the street from UPRM campus to the Mayagüez Zoo
• Kayak in the bioluminescent bay in la Parguera