About II-VI 2017
II-VI 2017 will be held at Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel which is located in the heart of Historic Old San Juan and about 12 minutes away from the San Juan International Airport. The hotel is steps away from over 200 restaurants, popular shops, art galleries and nightlife, with incredible views of San Juan Bay and visiting luxury cruise liners.
The conference organizers have negotiated a special rate with Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel, which is $119.00 plus applicable tax and service fees for a Traditional King room or a Deluxe Double room. There are only a limited number of rooms reserved at this rate, so make sure to reserve by the cut-off date of July 21, 2017.
Travel tips to San Juan, Puerto Rico
There are direct flights from most major U.S. cities and many capitals around the world to San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.
Flight Time to Puerto Rico from:
- Atlanta 3 h 15 m
- Baltimore/Washington D.C. 3 h 40 m
- Boston 4 h
- Chicago 4 h 30 m
- Dallas/Ft.Worth 4 h 30 m
- Frankfurt 10 h 20 m
- Madrid 9 h
- Miami 2 h 15 m
- New York 3 h 45 m
- London 9 h 15 m
There are no passports or visas necessary for United States citizens, which means that US citizens can travel freely in and out of the island without going through immigration or customs. US citizens only need to have some form of official government issued picture identification to enter Puerto Rico such as a current driver's license or a photo-identification card issued to non-drivers by a state's motor vehicles department. A passport, although not needed, can also be used.
Citizens of other countries have the same requirements as for entering the USA. Please visit the US Department of State homepage (https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/html) to check whether your country participates in the visa waver program (VWP) or whether you need a visa to enter the United States for a short visit.
Conference attendees who need visas to enter US, you should submit visa applications to the nearest US embassy or consulate at your earliest convenience. If you need an invitation letter for the visa application, please contact the Conference Organizers as soon as possible at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit: http://welcome.topuertorico.org/tinfo.shtml or, contact your local U.S. embassy.
Things to Do & Places to See in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is the smallest and most eastern of the Greater Antilles Islands which include, Cuba, Hispaniola (República Dominicana and Haiti), and Jamaica. It is located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, is the most populous municipality in Puerto Rico, with a population of about two million. The city was founded in 1508, by Juan Ponce de León. It is also Puerto Rico's main port of entry and has one of the best harbors in the Caribbean.
Old San Juan, the old historic city, is an open living museum that houses over 500 historic buildings that include churches, museums, great shops, excellent restaurants, plazas and relaxing cafes. We encourage you to take at least one day to walk around the streets of Old San Juan. Ditch the map and walk into the sights, shops and restaurants that catch your eye. Beautiful beaches surround the island and there is never one very far. Condado Beach, Ocean Park, Isla Verde and Dorado are some of the beaches within the San Juan metropolitan area. Other beautiful and popular spots in the island include: El Yunque National Rain Forest, Luquillo Beach, La Parguera Phosphorescent Bay, Camuy River Cave Park, the Arecibo Observatory, the off-shore islands of Vieques and Culebra, and many more.