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What's Punxsutawney Phil have to do with Puerto Rico?

On Wednesday, Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, if Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow and sees his shadow, thus predicting another six weeks of winter, the San Juan Marriott will extend their Puerto Rico Sparkles promotion another 6 weeks, too. No shadow, no extension.

The "Puerto Rico Sparkles" package, with a booking window slated to end February 15, will be extended an extra six weeks, through March 31, provided Punxatawny Phil sees his shadow.

The package includes a fourth night free, daily breakfast and a car rental discount at rates starting from $274 per night. Travel must be completed by May 27.

The AAA Four-Diamond San Juan Marriott is ideally located on tropical Condado Beach with picture perfect Atlantic Ocean views and features multiple sundecks packed with palm trees, lounge chairs, hammocks and cabanas and a swim up bar.  The resort also features luxurious guest rooms with plush signature Marriott bedding, a full casino, spa, two elaborate swimming pools, six dining options and a lobby lounge with evening entertainment.

Book online at www.marriottsanjuan.com or call 1-800-228-9290.

Both AirTran and Delta Air Lines offer frequent nonstop servie to San Juan (two daily with AirTran; six on Delta) at rates from $129 each way. Give at least a one-week advance purchase notice. This low one-way rate is valid seven days a week, based on availability.

The last permitted day of travel to San Juan on AirTran is Aug. 24; Dec. 28 on Delta.

One great bonus for U.S. citizens: No passport is required when traveling to Puerto Rico!

Clara Bosonetto is a retired travel consultant.