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Puerto Rico Festival

Postby Mike » Mon, Nov 12 2007, 09:12 AM

Some of you may know John and Elaine Cosby from Mots. They are organizing a kite festival in Isabela, Puerto Rico for the first weekend in March, 2009.
However, in order to get sponsors excited about the event they are organizing a Preview Weekend / Kite Kamp / Kite Party this March, in 2008.

Flights and Hotel prices are similar to flying to California.

Here's the info I've received.
Part 1:
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As for 2009 - Our plan is to settle this annual event on the first weekend in March. In 2009, that is March 7 and 8.

Our OFFICIAL preview weekend is March 1 and 2, 2008 (so we don't conflict with Rescate Playas Isabela's fundraiser on March 7). Those are the dates we really hope kite flyers can be here. That is when we will invite officials to see what we can do. March 1 and 2 are our preferred dates.

BUT...some people may not be able to make it until the following weekend. And, some officials may not be able to make it until then either. So, we're proposing a "second chance." If there are kite flyers who can and would prefer to come March 8 and 9, we will have a second preview. We hope to be able to announce that at the fundraiser event on March 7.

Of course, BEST CASE SCENARIO from our standpoint is that all of our kite flying friends come and stay and play for BOTH weekends this coming March!!! (and we'll have a ball hanging out during the week, too, for sure!).
So here’s the deal:
March 1 and 2, 2009, we want to have a gathering of kiters in Isabela, Puerto Rico. Our “eventâ€

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Re: Puerto Rico Festival

Postby Mike » Mon, Nov 12 2007, 09:12 AM

Part 2:

Here is some basic info about getting to Puerto Rico in general and Isabela in particular.

First, YOU DO NOT NEED A PASSPORT TO COME TO PUERTO RICO - except for you amazing wonderful crazy Canadians. But then you need a passport just to cross the Windsor bridge.

We HIGHLY recommend that you fly into Aguadilla (airport code: BQN). This is the airport that is about 10 minutes away from our house and the beaches.

JetBlue, Spirit and Continental all fly into BQN although not direct from Chicago or Detroit. JetBlue goes through JFK, Spirit through Ft. Lauderdale and Continental through Newark.

You can also fly direct non-stop to San Juan (airport code: SJU) from many cities. But...by the time you get a rental car and get out of San Juan, then make the 2 to 2-1/2 hour drive across the island it, winds up being as long a travel day as flying in to BQN, even with the lay-overs. With a very few exceptions (those going to California and the West Coast), EVERYONE here prefers Aguadilla.

At this time we have NO funding to help at all with travel and accommodation expenses. Our ability to provide ground transportation service is extremely limited. Taxis are rare and expensive here and public transportation is non-existent. So, you'll want to rent a car. Hertz, National, Dollar and Enterprise all have car rental offices in the Aquadilla airport. I THINK Dollar is the only one that provides service for the 3:30 am JetBlue red-eye out of JFK.

Car rental prices are comparable to what you'd find in the states. Since the currency here is the US dollar, the effects of the current drop in the dollar are the same as in the States. Gas is a LITTLE less expensive here than in the States, Chicago in particular. As of this morning, regular is 72.7 cents a liter or about $2.90 a gallon.

A couple of notes about driving in PR: We drive on the right side of the road - mostly. You'll understand when you get here. Distances are measured in kilometers, gas is sold by the liter, but speeds are in miles per hour. After 500 years of Spanish rule and 109 years of US rule, Puerto Rico is still a bit conflicted.

Another note: Puerto Rico is on Atlantic Standard Time all year round. We do not change to daylight savings time. Since y'all in the States just switched back to Standard Time from Daylight Savings, we are one hour earlier than Eastern Time and two hours earlier than Central Time.

We sent little useful tidbits like this from time to time as we move ahead.

Here endeth Part II. Part III will have more information on lodging and accommodations.

Thanks for reading and as always, keep the wind at your back,

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Re: Puerto Rico Festival

Postby Mike » Mon, Nov 12 2007, 09:13 AM

Part 3:
Hi, all -

Here is the first installment of lodging and accommodation information. These are the places closest to Ola Lola's and to the beach where we're holding the event. This is a pretty good representation prices and what's available in the area. Feel free to check 'em out. (BTW - Villa Tropical is our absolute favorite. That's where we stayed that got us hooked on PR in the first place.)

All that said - We absolutely recommend settling on the dates you can be here and booking your airfare early. But, unless one of these places grabs you and you just HAVE to stay there, don't book a room yet. As of right now, there are plenty of rooms available so there is not a huge rush. Most importantly, we hope to have news next week about discounts at at least one property.

We're also looking into some houses/apartments that are available for rent. We'll let you know about those as soon as we get more info.

Villa Tropical (Trevor & Jennifer Young, owners) – 787-872-7172 – www.villatropical.com
Apartments available – beachfront - ($150 for 2-BR; $129 for 1-B$; $200 for 3-BR)

Fusion Floral (Elaine Irizarry) – 787-409-8368 – www.fusionartpr.com
Studio apartment, 1 & 2 BR villas
Ocean Front (Carlos Torres) – 787-872-0444 – www.oceanfrontpr.com
Rooms available (beach front & ocean view) for up to 6 people – prices from $65-100 per night based on dbl. occupancy with each extra person at $25/night

Faro Hotel Suites – 787-890-9000 or 787-997-3276 – http://travelandsports.com/fs605.htm
Hotel rooms/suites - $85-125/night – pool, restaurant, approx. 8 mi. west of beaches
La Cima Hotel (Dagoberto Gonzalez, mgr.) – 787-890-2016 – www.lacimahotel.com
Hotel with rooms from $80-100 (approx.) per night; sits over bar/good Chinese restaurant; approx. 6 mi. west of beaches
Keep the wind at your back -
Elaine and John


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