Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
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😷 Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
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📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
⛵ Tour operators may require proof of vaccination or negative test results to participate. Check with the operator to make sure you have what they require.
Events, Stadiums & Theaters (updated 18 Apr 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of 1000 or more people at facilities that encourage crowding — indoor or outdoor — must show proof of vaccination with booster (if eligible), OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. Effective 10 Mar 2022, per executive order EO-2022-019 and administrative order OA-2022-533
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, OR must have a negative molecular or antigen COVID test performed within 48 hours before disembarking in PR. All passengers and crew who test positive, or have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive, will not be permitted to disembark in Puerto Rico, regarless of vaccination status.
Air Travelers Arriving in Puerto Rico (updated 08 Mar 2022)
📄 The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
• The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
✈️ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
• All INTERNATIONAL air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show (before boarding flight to the US) a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the US. This applies to all travelers, 2 years old and up, flying from INTERNATIONAL (outside of the US) destinations. Flights between Puerto Rico and the States are domestic flights, so this does not apply to travelers arriving in Puerto Rico from the States.

Update- Abandoned- Spend Some Time in the Aguirre State Forest

1/21 update- Trails are not on good shape at all. Partially usable.

One of the things I love about Puerto Rico is that it is so diverse. Rain forests, dry forests and everything in between … like a mangrove forest. The Bosque Estatal Aguirre (or Aguirre State Forest) in Guayama is a mangrove forest that has walking paths, and areas for bird watching. This protected natural area is a nice place to spend some time exploring the marshy shores.

The town of Guayama is located on the south coast of Puerto Rico, on the east end. The area is warm and dry, and perfectly situated for lots of shore birds and marine animals. The Aguirre State Forest is a preserve that is managed by the Department of Natural Resources of Puerto Rico (Departmento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales or DRNA). It is over 2000 acres of mangrove forest, little salt water lagoons, and marshy area.

Our Visit

We have been to this nature reserve a few times. We enjoy walking the paths, watching the birds, and taking photos. As there is no map provided by the DRNA, it is a little bit confusing. Basically, there are two trails.

Aguirre State Forest

According to the sign at the trail head, the trail to the right of the “Welcome to the Aguirre Forest” sign is an “interpretive trail”, so we decided to start with that one. Unfortunately, there were no “interpretive” signs on the trail, other than arrows that indicated which way to go. We followed the trail and saw a million crabs and lizards (and mosquitoes!) along the trail. We eventually got to a look-out tower, but there is no real view from the tower. I guess the intention of the tower is for bird-watching.

Aguirre State Forest

If you continue on the trail beyond the tower, you will come to the best part — the boardwalk. The boardwalk takes you through the swampy mangrove marshes. The water is an odd orange/brown color in spots, and dark brown in others. It also has a nice platform that opens onto a lagoon, where all sorts of birds come and go. When we got there, we heard a racket which turned out to be about 40 white egrets. The flock was really impressive, though they were photo-shy and would fly away when approached.

Aguirre State Forest

On the way back, we tried a few of the other paths we found (also marked as “interpretive trails”), but they we swampy, so we decided against continuing on them. I assume the ones on the south side go to the old camping area (now in disrepair, though there are some covered pavilions you can use to have a picnic lunch). I believe the trail on the south side (to the far left of the “Welcome” sign) also go to the defunct camping area (we gave up when it got too muddy). There are signs that indicate that there were floating kayak platforms at one time. Those platforms are gone, though I am sure someone could find a way to launch a kayak if they really wanted to.

While not perfect, this Forest Reserve is still a nice place for a walk, and a great place to bird-watch. Just wear insect repellent, as the mosquitoes are killer!

Aguirre State Forest

Details

There is no fee to access the forest. Parking is in the dirt lot on the side of the road.

The forest is “open” during daylight hours.

Bring water, insect repellent, and sunscreen.

Allow a couple of hours to walk around, more if you’re bird-watching or having a picnic lunch.

The parking area and trailheads are on Road 7710 at KM 2.6 in Guayama.

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