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The Bachelorette Finds Love In Puerto Rico The Island's Tropical Beauty, History And Latin Culture Make For An Ideal Backdrop

February 19, 2004
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Last night, with her choices narrowed down to three, and her journey to find love rapidly heating up, Meredith Phillips, the star of ABC's popular series, The Bachelorette, spent her last "on location dates" in romantic Puerto Rico with three lucky bachelors.

Puerto Rico, the closest U.S. tropical island, provided the romantic vibe, authentic Latin culture and cuisine and exotic ambiance for episode 6 of the Bachelorette series. For the first time in the history of the show, all three dates were held in the same destination. Puerto Rico's diversity of activities, attractions, accommodations and landscape offered the perfect surroundings to have all three date experiences in one versatile location. Each date was designed around a different facet of Puerto Rico's endless romantic settings, from the deep blue waters surrounding the island, to secluded caves and rainforests, to a 500-year-old fortress.

"Puerto Rico is thrilled to have hosted ABC's top-ranked program. We are proud to showcase our island's authentic Latin culture and fabulous sites to viewers, as they watch Meredith find her match," said Jose M. Suarez, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

On Meredith's first date, she and Chad Schlee enjoyed Puerto Rico's nautical side and set out by yacht, along San Juan's pristine coastline. After their private cruise, the couple returned to The Water Club, San Juan's ultra-hip beachfront boutique hotel, for cocktails at Wet, the sexy roof-top bar, and one of the city's hottest nightspots. From their location high above the city and ocean, they enjoyed a multi-colored view of Puerto Rico's fabulous sunset. They then headed to Tangerine, the hotel's very popular restaurant, for an elegant dinner for two.

San Juan's historic landmarks were the setting for Meredith's date with Ian McKee. El Morro, the city's extraordinary fortress was the backdrop for the couple's day together, during which they took advantage of the warm Caribbean breeze to fly a kite. Afterward, the couple strolled through Old San Juan's cobblestone streets, along quaint Spanish colonial structures and plazas, taking in the city's old-world charm. After a fun-filled day, the couple retired for the evening to a private colonial mansion where they enjoyed a romantic dinner for two.

For a change of pace, Meredith and Matt Hickl slipped out of the city and headed to the secluded Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort, a property once owned by Rockefeller, and a long-standing favorite among Puerto Rico's resorts. The couple stayed in their own cottage nestled on the property's 1,000 acres of secluded crescent beach and ancient forests. The day's activities included exploring the private beach and the surrounding areas of the resort, and ended with a shared hammock, while enjoying the island's famous piña coladas.

For more information about Puerto Rico's romantic side, call (800) 866-7827 or visit the Puerto Rico Tourism Company website at

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), founded in 1970, is a public corporation responsible for stimulating, promoting and regulating the development of the tourism industry. It markets Puerto Rico as a tourism destination through advertising, public relations and promotional activities; promotes tourism among local residents; provides visitor orientation and technical assistance to investors; evaluates tourism facilities and establishes standards of quality; and regulates and oversees gaming operations. PRTC has offices and representatives in the U.S. mainland, Canada, Europe and Latin America.

CONTACT: Victoria Martinez, or Carmen Letscher, both of Edelman,+1-888-331-8844,, for Puerto Rico Tourism Company

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