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August 2015 62 The northeastern Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is an ideal destination to enjoy a vacation, relaxation, adventure and—especially— sports. On top of a scenic landscape and great year-round temperature, the island offers easy traveling; a territory of the United States, no passport is required and U.S. currency is accepted. "Puerto Rico also provides world- class facilities and has Olympic autonomy and its own Olympic Committee, which means the destination can provide a high level of com- petition and expertise for almost any sporting event," said Sandra Pomales-Castro, director of communications for Meet Puerto Rico. "It all adds up to a desirable sports destination." Contact: n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at Puerto Rico's Sports Events Scene… S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : P U E R T O R I C O t Swim meets can be held in San Juan at the Natatorium. Puerto Rico Hotel rooms: 14,500+ Major facilities: Located in San Juan's Central Park, the 90,000-square-foot Natatorium of San Juan features a 50- meter by 25-yard covered outdoor pool and separate diving well with a 10-meter dive tower. To enable the venue to offer a myriad of programming options, the pool has a bulkhead capable of creating mul- tiple swimming course lengths. Coliseo de Puerto Rico is located in the cosmo- politan scene of Hato Rey and has been named one of the best facilities world- wide. The Coliseo's versatility allows it to accommodate audiences of different sizes, up to 18,500, and host a variety of events such as hockey, basketball, arena football, motocross and tennis. Roberto Clemente Walker Stadium is an ul- tra-modern baseball synthetic feld park with a Major League, two-level stadium seating design for 12,500. Mayagüez Athletic Stadium is a 13,000-capacity facility on the island's west coast that hosts soccer and track. Puerto Rico also features more than 20 golf courses, most of which are championship caliber. Convention center: The 580,000-square-foot Puerto Rico Convention Center is the largest facility of its kind in the Caribbean and offers the latest technology in the region. The center features a 152,700-square- foot exhibition hall divisible into three individual exposition spaces, as well as a 39,500-square-foot Grand Ballroom, the largest in the Caribbean. The facility also offers 36,500 square feet of meeting space. n Bio Bays Only fve places in the world boast biolumines- cent bays, and Puerto Rico is home to three of them. One is Laguna Grande or Bio Bay, locat- ed in a natural reserve on the northeast tip of Puerto Rico. The other two are in Vieques (East Coast) and La Parguera (South Coast). n www.biobaypuerto Meet Puerto Rico Meet Puerto Rico

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