Puerto Rico, with its natural beauty and rich cultural
heritage, has much to offer visitors. Its infrastructure
is as sophisticated as it is extensive, with more than 14,000 hotel rooms, excellent transportation and far-reaching support services. Featuring a diverse culture, molded by Spanish, African, Indian and U.S. influences, the Island offers a central location where North American, Caribbean, Latin American and European visitors will feel equally at home.
Only 100 miles (160 km) long and 35 miles (56 km) wide, the Island is home to almost 4 million people, including 1.5 million residing in San Juan. Other major urban areas include Ponce, Mayagüez, Caguas and Bayamón. Puerto Rico’s average temperature is 82° F (28°C). Trade winds keep costal towns cool and the temperature decreases as you travel higher into the mountains.
And, as a U.S. Commonwealth, no passports or visas are required for U.S. visitors; foreign nationals should have valid passports and visas as required. We also use U.S. currency, phone and mail services and both English and Spanish are official languages.
The capital city of San Juan, originally founded by the Spaniards in 1493 as a military stronghold, today is a city of well-preserved historic treasures, architectural masterpieces and a professional business atmosphere. Offering an array of things to see and do, the city is split into three distinct areas – Old San Juan, the beaches and the business district.
A Shoppers Paradise
Puerto Rico is a haven for shoppers from all over the Caribbean and beyond. Quaint shops in Old San Juan abound with jewelry and handicrafts such as cuatros and güiros, locally made musical instruments and masks. The Island also boasts shopping malls such as Plaza Las Américas, the Caribbean’s largest shopping complex featuring more thah 300 stores, Plaza Carolina with over 240 stores and more than 150 stores in Plaza del Sol in
Bayamón. Outlet stores on the Island include The Outlet Mall 66 and Prime Outlets Puerto Rico.
The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution is an international organization whose goals are to provide facilities for association and communication among molecular evolutionists and to further the goals of molecular evolution, as well as its practitioners and teachers.
In order to accomplish these goals, the Society publishes two peer-reviewed journals, Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genome Biology and Evolution.
The Society sponsors an annual meeting, as well as smaller satellite meetings or workshop on important, focused, and timely topics.
It also confers honors and awards to students and researchers.