Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
😷 Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces 😷 Outdoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance, or where there are 50 or more people
Busness Closure & Dry Law (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🛒 All businesses that serve the public must remain closed from midnight until 5am. Exceptions to closure include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, health facilities, hospitals, among others. Restaurants, clubs, bars, etc ARE closed midnight to 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
🍺 Dry Law (no sale nor public consumption of alcohol) is in effect from midnight until 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🍔 ALL CUSTOMERS (2 years old and older) must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results - In order to be admitted to food establishments you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the restaurant, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per executive order EO-2021-081.
👪 The capacity of "any place that serves (and people consume) drinks or prepared food" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to restaurants, bars, theaters, food courts, etc. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Stores, Offices & similar places that serve the public indoors (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🛒 The capacity in all facilities that "serve the public indoors" will be limited to 75%. This applies to stores, malls, offices, etc. Effective 17 Jan 2022 through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2022-002.
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party (5 years old and older) are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older. If you are unvaccinated and staying more than a week, you are required to show new negative test results weekly. Per executive order EO-2021-062 and EO-2021-075.
Tours & Excursions (updated 13 Jan 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 13 Jan 2022)
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of less than 250 people at facilities that encourage crowding, indoor or outdoor, must show proof of vaccination OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. This applies to everyone 5 years old and older. Kids under the age of 5 are not permitted to attend these events at all. Effective 22 December 2021, per EO-2021-080, and modified by EO-2022-002
👪 The capacity of "event or activity venues" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, theaters, etc. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 30 Dec 2021)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, and 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 20 Dec 2021)
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 27 Dec 2021, per EO-2021-081)
All DOMESTIC travelers (2 years old and older) arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show BOTH
  1. negative COVID test results from test administerd by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in PR AND
  2. either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery.
  • If you do not have your test results upon arrival, you have 48 hours to produce those results, or you will be fined $300 per person.
  • If you are un-vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 7 days, even if you have negative test results.
✈️ 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.
📄 ALL TRAVELERS arriving in Puerto Rico are required to submit a travel declaration upon arrival via the PR Government Travel Safe website. This is where you will upload your COVID vaccination card and/or negative COVID test results.

Disappointment in the Town of Añasco

Salto de Encantado in Anasco

During a trip to Rincon, we took some time to explore the western coast and tried to find things in various little-known towns. Añasco, a town just south-east of Rincon, is along the west coast of Puerto Rico and has beaches and forests to explore. We didn’t have a lots of time to spend in this area, but we did visit two points of interest.

Unfortunately, they left me sad. Let me explain …

As we explore the island, we find many wonderful things … and sometimes disappointments. One of the biggest disappointments for me is when I see that the local and/or state government had invested a lot of money into some great project that they don’t maintain over the long term — the investment gets destroyed by nature, vandals, or both.

That is what we encountered, to varying degrees, in Añasco. We visited the Salto de Encantado (Enchanted Waterfalls) and the Mirador (Observation Tower). Both needed work to make them great again, though they are both sort of usable.

The Mirador

Mirador in Anasco

This lookout tower is easy to see and get to, since it is located right on Route 115 as you drive south out of Rincon. There is plenty of parking, the view is great in the parking area, and it just gets better as you go up into the tower.

Made of concrete, it seems sturdy and about 3 stories high, so you get a really nice view of the ocean and the Mona Passage. I am sure you could do some whale watching or sunset viewing from here. Officially, it’s open 7am-6pm, 7 days/week, though I don’t know if it is ever "closed" since I didn’t see a way to prevent people from entering it.

Obviously, some people use this tower to hang out, enjoy a beer or two, and, when they are finished, relieve themselves and break their bottles all over the steps, and then spray-paint graffiti all over the tower. It needed a good cleaning. Update-7/19- Good news, the Mirador has been cleaned and repainted and is nice and clean! Hope it stays like that!

Salto de Encantado

This was once a beautiful place, with walking paths and bridges across the cascading water and around the park. It had picnic areas and benches so people could enjoy the day in this pretty place. Now, it has been left to decay in ruins.

Salto de Encantado in Anasco

The wooden boardwalks and cement paths are slick with mold (I almost fell a few times just walking around for the few minutes we were there). The paths and picnic areas are overgrown. The picnic shelters and bridge are covered with graffiti. There was trash everywhere. Even the steps down to the water were partially destroyed.

That being said, the water cascades are very pretty (they look brown due to recent rains).

It was a little difficult to find since there were no real directions or signs. Here are some directions that should help: Take Route 402 until KM 1.8, where you will turn left onto El Salto Road. There is no sign for this road, so look for the Gulf gas station right there on the corner and there is a hospital-looking building across the street. Follow this road until you see the wooden boardwalk on the right-hand side. There were only a few spaces for parking.

I am not writing the town of Añasco off my list — there are still more things on my list of sites to see there. I can only hope that other sites in that town are maintained better than these two.

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