Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
😷 Masks are not required, neither indoors (with some execptions) nor outdoors. Masks are recommended in indoor situations where you cannot be certain of the vaccination status of other people
😷 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
😷 Masks are required indoors in places like hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, medical offices, health centers, clinics, labs, pharmacies, and on public transportation (including taxis and buses). The Department of Health may make masks mandetory in other situations where their use is deemed necessary.
😷 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.
📄 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.

Explore Arecibo Beaches – Miles of Sand and Great Views

Be careful where you park at Poza del Obispo because the sand can be very loose in areas. Park only on packed sand or you can easily get stuck in sand.

Arecibo Beaches

Our regular readers know that I really enjoy the views of the north coast of Puerto Rico, so it should come as no surprise that I’m writing another "north coast lovefest".

For a great drive along the north coast, take Road 681 in Arecibo instead of Route 2 or Route 22. This coastal road allows you to stop off and enjoy a number of amazing views and beaches. While the Atlantic Ocean can be too rough to swim during much of the year, it provides a great backdrop for a nice afternoon or quick stop by the beach.

On a recent ultralight flight over the area, we saw a small ocean "pool" near the Arecibo Lighthouse and an amazing strip of sandy beach that we knew we had to explore a bit. So, one day on the drive home from a trip to Rincon, we enjoyed two stops along Road 681.

La Poza del Obispo

Our first stop was the little pool area, which is called La Poza del Obispo or simply La Poza. Translated to English, it means Bishop’s Pool, in honor of a bishop that was rescued there in the late 1700s. You can get to this pool and beach by taking the narrow road to the right just before the entrance to the Arecibo Lighthouse.

Arecibo Beaches

The pool is created by an opening in some large limestone outcroppings, which act as natural wave breaks. And it creates some amazing sprays of water when the waves crash over these huge rocks. One thing about the water here — There may be times when the pool is nice and calm, and people will go into the water. But when the seas are rough, I would recommend staying out of the water due to the possibility of strong rip currents in the area.

The beach here is taken care of by volunteers, there might be some trash cans, but no other facilities. There is a sandy lot where you can park. The day that we went, there were maybe 3 other couples there in La Poza area. It is a popular spot with locals, so on summer weekends and holidays it can be busy.

Arecibo Beaches

La Poza is at the base of the Arecibo Lighthouse, at the western end of the beach. But, heading eastward from that point is a long beach — you can walk and walk until you find "your spot". The sand on the beach has a pleasant texture, it is clean, and it is a nice beige color.

Playa Caza y Pesca

After some time at La Poza we continued driving eastward on Road 681. We stopped for sandwiches "to go" at a local panaderia, and then drove to find a spot on the beach for a picnic lunch. We found an oceanside beach parking lot at about KM 3.2, just across the street from the Oceania Condo complex.

Arecibo Beaches

This is where we laid out our beach blanket and enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch on the beach, watching the waves and enjoying the scenery. There was one family there that day, and the teenage kids were enjoying the waves on boogie boards. It appears that the area can be really good for surfing or boogie boarding.

More to the East

If you continue eastward on Road 681, you will come to Cueva del Indio (another favorite stop of ours), and farther on you’ll find more great views and other pretty beaches. After you’re done at the beaches, you might consider stopping by the Premium Outlet Mall in Barceloneta.

Just as a precaution, I would recommend that you not leave anything of value in your car if you’ll be parked at any of these beaches for any length of time, or if you’ll be wandering far from your car.

The Arecibo area is approximately 1½ hour drive from the San Juan area.

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