August temperatures in Puerto Rico have average highs in the mid to high 80s (30°C) with lows in the mid 70s (25°C). The trade winds keep San Juan and the coastal towns cool while the temperature decreases as you go higher into the mountainous areas.
Off-Site Activities and Excursions And Activities
Come early or stay late to enjoy San Juan and the rest of Puerto Rico . Puerto Rico is only 100 miles long by 35 miles wide, so it is easy to explore. There are many historical and cultural attractions along with excellent shopping and numerous outdoor activities. Puerto Rico’s dynamic culture comes from Spanish, African, Indian and U.S. influences. Trendy restaurants nestle next to 15th-century Spanish forts; modern shopping malls touch tropical rainforests; and glitzy casinos lie juxtaposed against some of the most stunning beaches, caves and offshore coral reefs in the Caribbean. San Juan hosts the Puerto Rico Museum of Art and the Plaza Las Americas mega-mall. Old San Juan, in the heart of San Juan, has many beautiful historic monuments, fountains, museums, and restaurants.
The following tours have been reserved exclusively for AMCIS participants at preferential rates.
- Old San Juan Historical Walking Tour with Shopping
- El Yunque Rainforest Hiking Tour
- ATV Four Track Adventure
- Bio-Bay Kayaking at Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve (EVENING TOUR ONLY)
- Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve & Lighthouse Tour
- Catamaran Sail and Snorkel with Buffet Lunch
Should you like to register for one of these optional experiences, please follow the registration instructions listed below:
Please return the registration form accessible via the link below by Monday, 3 August 2015. Some activities have limited spaces; early registrations will receive priority. Additionally, a wide range of other tours and activities are available via the hotel concierge desk.
- Fully complete PAGE 2 of the registration form.
- After submitting your registration form, you will receive an email from our office confirming receipt. This email is usually sent the same or next business day after submitting your registration form.
- A second email including details on tour confirmation status, where to meet, what to wear and other important information will be sent on or before Wednesday, 5 August 2015.
- Your credit card will not be charged until your tour has been confirmed via email on or before Wednesday, 5 August 2015.
Old San Juan Historical Walking Tour with Shopping
We’ve designed this tour for culture and history enthusiasts who like to get up close to the sites and examine the past first-hand. Knowledgeable step-aboard guides will take you to Old San Juan-the oldest city in the U.S. There, you’ll be able to stroll through Old Spanish cathedrals and forts such as San Cristobal, where you’ll see and learn how the Spanish built and defended their city. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to do some shopping and have lunch on your own.
El Yunque Rainforest Hiking Tour
Named after the good Indian spirit, Yuquiyu, and shelter to the Carib Indians for 200 years, El Yunque is the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System. Spanning 28,000 acres and reaching an elevation of 3,624 feet, the area receives over 100 billion gallons of rainfall each year. Splashing falls and cool shaded pools complement the total enchantment of the forest. You will embark upon this adventure with a knowledgeable step-aboard guide who will take your party on a scenic 2.5 hour hike along one of many trails, while pointing out the splendor of the surroundings for photo opportunities or just pure enjoyment. And, don’t forget your bathing suit and camera, as you will have an opportunity to swim in a natural pool fed by waterfall and visit an observation tower with stunning views of Puerto Rico’s east coast!
ATV Four Track Adventure
Get ready for the ultimate adventure. Check your mature self at the gate and embark on an adrenalin rush like none other, because remember, life is too short to walk…ATV (all-terrain vehicle) four-wheel dirt-bike tours are the most talked about adventures in Puerto Rico. Take part in an inspiring and exciting ride through raw nature. Upon arrival riders will be given a ten minute introduction on how to ride and operate a four track, including safety instructions. Then the real adventure begins as riders follow the experienced guides along outlined tracks through farmland then into the rainforest. The group will climb hills; negotiate tight corners, roam through rugged terrain, splash through river water, and much, much more. Individual riders will take it all at their own speed and within their own capabilities. Remember to wear a bathing suit under your shorts, as there is an opportunity to swim in a beautiful rainforest stream along the trail!
Bio-Bay Kayaking at Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve (EVENING TOUR ONLY)
Do not let your trip end without exploring the top bioluminescent waters in the world. Our relaxing kayak tour at sunset will take you to the fascinating lagoon at Las Cabezas de San Juan. You will see the historical lighthouse of Fajardo, and also touch the waters that glow with single-celled dinoflagellate organisms. Your excursion begins by kayaking across Las Croabas bay, through a winding mangrove river, and finally into the bio-bay. Our professional tour staff will guide you throughout the entire tour. You will receive a life jacket, safety briefing and kayaking instructions from one of our experienced tour guides. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.
Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve & Lighthouse Tour
Acquired by the island’s Conservation Trust, its coral reefs, beaches, lagoons, mangroves and dry forest distinguish the peninsula. Your group can explore the peninsula along a network of trails and boardwalks, study exhibits at a nature center, and enjoy the view from the lighthouse observation deck. English tour only available in the p.m. Tour not offered on Monday or Tuesday.
Catamaran Sail and Snorkel with Buffet Lunch
Board a sailing catamaran and begin a leisurely sail to one of Puerto Rico’s pristine off-shore coral reefs. During the sail north along Puerto Rico’s eastern coast, you will enjoy beautiful views of land and sea, while passing several small uninhabited islands and cays. After anchoring near the reef, the captain and crew will provide snorkeling instruction and pass out the snorkeling equipment and safety gear. You will have three hours to snorkel, swim or relax at the beach while the crew prepares a full buffet lunch on board. After the snorkeling portion of the trip is completed, enjoy a drink and the breeze while the catamaran sets sail back towards the Marina.
Attending the Conference with Children
Those of us with young children know that they often don’t find the research presentations as engaging as we do, look forward to attending evening activities that are a part of AMCIS 2015, or enjoy the fine dining options a resort such as the El Conquistador offers. Leaving your children unsupervised while you attend isn’t an option, so what do you do? Well you are in luck! We have options available so both you and your children can enjoy your time in Puerto Rico.
El Coqui Kids Club
During the daytime, your kids will have a blast at Camp Coqui, which is a full or half day camp for kids. The camp is available for children ages 4-12 that are potty trained. It is recommended that you register by 5pm the day prior at the Concierge Desk; however walk-ins are welcome from 9-10am. You must pick up your child by 4PM.
Upon registration, your guestroom will be charged accordingly. Currently, pricing is $75+ for full day inclusive of Lunch and $45+ for the half day (9am-12:30pm no lunch or 1pm-4pm, snacks included). Lunch can be ordered for half day camps. Other fees apply plus a 7% tax.
The current schedule of Camp Coqui activities can be found here.
The El Conquistador Resort offers in-room babysitting services with 48 hours advance notice. The babysitting service can be scheduled through the hotel concierge and is subject to the following policies.
- El Conquistador Golf Resort assumes no responsibilities, but will assist you in locating a babysitter as a service only.
- Minimum of 3 hours for babysitting.
- 48 hour advance notice required for service.
- Fees: $20.00 per hour for first child (rate higher on holidays) and applicable taxes $4.00 per hour and applicable taxes for each additional child: Max of 3 children per babysitter.
- One babysitter per family.
- Holidays: Additional $10.00 per hour; Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Three Kings Day (Jan. 6th), Easter and 4th of July.
- ALL BABYSITTING SERVICES WILL BE A ROOM CHARGE
- Cancellation Policy/Change of hours: Minimum of four (4) hours in advance is required to avoid $60.00 penalty fee. Notify Concierge Desk.
For your convenience, you can find the babysitting request form here.