IOOS Program Fall Meeting 2017

Please register today for the IOOS Program Fall Meeting in Puerto Rico - September 25 - 27, 2017! More information, including agenda, coming soon.

Hotel and Meeting 
Rincon Beach Resort (Road 115 Km 5.8, Anasco, 00610, Puerto Rico)

Room Block – Deadline August 18
You are respoinsble for booking your own hotel. Please call Cristina Regis (Sales Coordinator) at 1-787-589-9026 or email S.coordinator@rinconbeach.com and reference “IOOS Association – UPRM” to reserve your room at the discounted rate at ~ $148.00 per night (includes $120 rate, 13% Resort Fee, 9% Government Tax and $2 Daily Maid Tip). Room block closes August 18. Room rate includes: Wi-Fi, parking, and 2 bottles of water and coffee daily.

Meeting Overview
All meetings and informal social are located at the Rincon Beach Resort in the Brasas Restaurant. 

Monday September 25, 2017
RA Directors Meeting (9:30 AM to 3 PM) 
IOOS Association Annual Meeting (3 PM to 5 PM) 

Tuesday September 26, 2017
IOOS PO and RA Full Day Meeting (8:30 AM to 5 PM) 
Informal Reception – Cash Bar (5 PM to 7 PM)
Dinner: On Your Own 

Wednesday September 27, 2017
IOOS PO and RA Meeting (8:30 AM to 3 PM) 
Optional Field Trip Hosted by CariCOOS (3 PM to 8 PM) 
* Tour of CariCOOS OA buoy and field station at La Parguera (~1.5 hours from Rincon). Visit OA buoy and trip to bioluminescence bay for a snorkel and kayak opportunity (cost to be determined). Either return to Rincon Beach Resort that evening or travel to San Juan to catch an early Thursday AM flight at SJU.

Getting There (click here for Travel Memo)

Puerto Rico: San Juan International Airport (SJU): The most commonly used airport in Puerto Rico is in San Juan's International Airport (airport code SJU). 

Rincon (meeting location):: You can either drive from San Juan to Rincon (~ 2.5 hour drive) or you can take a commuter plane to Mayaguez airport (MAZ) - a 40 minute flight. (estimated cost is $200). The Mayaguez airport is about 15 minutes from Rincon Beach Hotel. https://www.capeair.com/flying_with_us/caribbean-airports.html .

From Mayaguez airport to Rincon Beach Resort - If you fly into MAZ from SJU, please be sure to book a taxi ahead of time. It is a small airport. (See website here: http://caribya.com/rincon/taxis/). If several people are arriving at the same time, we can help arrange for vans or other transportation.

* When making your plans, consider your return trip. There is a field trip late Wednesday afternoon to La Parguera (CariCOOS Office) with a trip to an OA buoy and bioluminescence bay. San Juan is a 2 hr drive from there (the opposite direction from Rincon). If you have an early morning flight on Thursday, you may want to drive directly from La Parguera to San Juan on Wed night. We will be done at around 8 pm.