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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Outbreak Notice: Dengue, Tropical and Subtropical Regions | CDC Travelers' Health

Thanks to heavy rains during Hurricane Dean and other storms, the mosquito population has been on the rise on some islands and with that an increase in tropical diseases like dengue. The US Centers for Disease Control is reporting that Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico are experiencing dengue cases. For more, see:

Outbreak Notice: Dengue, Tropical and Subtropical Regions | CDC Travelers' Health

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Puerto Rico Christmas Package for Families

Looking for a very Caribbean way to celebrate the holidays this year? We've just received word that the San Juan Marriott is combining old and new customs in their seasonal Holiday Traditions Package created to help guests celebrate Christmas 2007 with a Puerto Rican twist.

The Package: The Holiday Traditional Package, priced at $1,723, includes:

…Three nights for a family of four in newly renovated ocean front accommodations
…Full access to the Executive Lounge
…Authentic Puerto Rican Christmas Dinner
…A night tour of historic Old San Juan to see the old town decorated with Christmas lights and traditional decoration
…Parranda instruments to participate in the hotel’s annual event and then take home as a souvenir
…A Christmas Eve turndown treat: delicious coquito (Puerto Rican egg nog) served with a traditional dessert for Mom and Dad and milk and cookies for the kids to enjoy themselves or leave for Santa

The package is for a family of four including two adults and two children. The package is available for arrival on December 23, 24 or 25. Based on availability. Full pre-payment required. Rate does not include resort fee and taxes.

Christmas Eve dinner will be served at La Vista and in addition to the customary American and International Christmas fare, it will feature traditional Puerto Rican Christmas delicacies such as Lechon asado (roasted pork), arroz con gandules and arroz blanco con habichuelas (rice with peas and white rice with beans), pasteles, pollo guisado (chicken stew), carne frita (fried meat) and tostones (fried green banana chips).

After dinner the festivities begin. A unique holiday custom in Puerto Rico is the Parranda, a traditional Puerto Rican street parade in which participants celebrate the holiday with music, singing and dancing while playing traditional instruments such as guitarras, tamboriles, güiro maracas, or palitos. Groups of family and friends travel through the streets dancing and playing their musical instruments. Guests who book the Marriott’s Holiday Traditions Package will have the opportunity to join the resort’s staff and their families for the San Juan Marriott’s Christmas Eve parranda and show off their own musical prowess.

For More Information:
• visit the hotel website

Photo courtesy San Juan Marriott Resort and Stallaris Casino

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Puerto Rico's Rio Mar To Offer Family Breakfast Package

You may have heard that the former Westin Rio Mar Resort in Puerto Rico is now (since May) the Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa-A Wyndham Grand Resort, The resort is undergoing a huge renovation and has had its doors closed since the May chance but will reopen in October with a refreshed look. A multimillion-dollar redevelopment will include an upgrade of the two 18-hole golf courses, hotel lobby, and guest rooms. The resort is also is home to a casino and the Mandara Spa, a Balinese-inspired retreat that offers over 25 therapies ranging from Caribbean coffee body scrubs to soothing coconut and milk wraps.

Like many of the other Wyndham resorts, the Rio Mar will be offering the Family Breakfast Package when it reopens. It includes:

• Overnight accommodations for two adults and two children

• a full breakfast for two adults and two children (age 13 years and under)

• Children of Wyndham ByRequest members also receive a free KidsByRequest welcome pack which includes:

* A cool beach bag
* Groovy luggage tag
* Granola bar
* And either a disposable camera with keepsake photo frame or Uno® cards

For More Information:
• visit the Wyndham breakfast package page


Saturday, June 30, 2007

Kids Stay, Eat Free at Sheraton Old San Juan

Founded in the early 16th Century by Juan Ponce De León, San Juan, Puerto Rico is the second oldest city in the Americas. Situated in the heart of the seven-square-block historic district, the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel is surrounded by numerous museums, churches, historic sites and monuments. The hotel has announced summer package rates for visitors to the area to explore the sites of Old San Juan.

Starting at $160 per night until November 30, 2007, the "Explore Old San Juan" package takes guests on a three-day/two-night discovery. The package includes a passport booklet with discounts to area merchants, museums, retailers and restaurants; exploration backpack with two water bottles; deluxe accommodations; unlimited use of the fitness center; daily continental breakfast for two at Fogata Latino Bar & Grill; and casino match bet coupon.

And, for families who want to experience the culture and history of the island, kids under 16 stay and eat for free (with a maximum two adults and two children under 16 per room).

For reservations:

• call 866-653-7577

For More Information:

• visit sheratonoldsanjuan.com



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