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.
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
β›΅ 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)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ 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)
πŸ“„ 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)
β€’ 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)
β€’ 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.

Get Nostalgic at the Drive-in Theater in Arecibo

Update- The Auto-Cine /Drive in movies has reopened! They are open and operating their movies. Ticket window opens at 5pm.

Surprisingly, I never went to a drive-in movie growing up … I guess they just weren’t near where I lived. But I would see them all the time on TV shows and in movies. They looked like fun! Now, too many years later, I finally went to a drive-in and it is fun! The Auto-Cine Santana in Arecibo is the last drive-in movie theater on the island. It is an experience I think everyone should try. They show new movies, but have old-fashioned prices, it is a great budget-friendly, family experience. Their newest feature is that they have two screens, each showing a different movie, but at the same time!

Background

In the 1950s, when Auto-Cine Santana opened, there used to be other drive-ins around Puerto Rico. But times changed, and people wanted indoor theaters. Throughout the years, the other drive-in theaters closed. Auto-Cine Santana also closed for a bit in the 1980s, but re-opened in the 1990s and, luckily, is still going strong.

The town of Arecibo is on the north coast of the island, maybe a little less than 1 hour from San Juan. There are a number of things to do in the area during the day, but it is worth staying late and catching a movie at the drive-in. Most of the movies are shown in English, with Spanish subtitles. However, some of the children’s or animated movies are in Spanish.

Auto-Cine Santana

Our Night at the Movies

We went on a Wednesday night, and the movie started on-time. We arrived about 20 minutes early. You pay for your tickets at the ticket office at the gate, and then just park anywhere between the old “speaker posts”. There were only about 7 cars the night we went, so we got a prime spot!

The large screen can be seen at any of the hundreds of parking spaces in the field. To watch the movie, you can stay in your car, or set up your “spot” with lawn chairs outside by your car (or even sit on your car if you wanted). Now you are set to tailgate — they allow you bring any snacks and drinks you want in your cooler.

Before the movie started, we hit the concession stand and restroom. The popcorn was good and inexpensive (about $1.50/bag). They also have a huge, old-style movie projector on display. After all that, we headed back to the car (and angled it so the folks in the back seat could see), tuned the radio for the movie audio, and settled in for the movie. We started with the windows open (bring insect repellent), but it started to drizzle, so we had to close the windows and use the AC. They also have some outside seating (hard, cement benches).

We had a great time … everyone talking back at the movie, and passing around snacks. In our own car, we could comment on the movie without bothering anyone else, and had our own climate control, so we were comfortable. It was great!

This is an experience I hope continues for a long time. I highly recommend going. The price can’t be beat, and the movies are new release and change every week or two. All around a great experience the whole family can enjoy.

Auto-Cine Santana

Details

Tickets are $3.50 per person.

Show times are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:00pm and 9pm . (closed Tuesdays)

You can call Auto-Cine Santana at 787-881-7869.

Check the Auto-Cine Santana Facebook page for more information and to see what is currently playing.

You need to tune your car radio to 107.9 FM for the movie audio.

Directions from San Juan … Take Route 22 west to exit 64. Turn left at end of ramp, and then right onto Route 2 west. Then turn left onto Road 6662. The theater is on Road 6662 at KM 0.5 on your left.

Directions from the west … Take Route 22 east to exit 71. Turn left at end of ramp, and then a quick right on Road 6662. The theater is on Road 6662 at KM 0.5 on your right.

The drive from San Juan is normally less than 1 hour, without traffic. If you are heading out of San Juan during rush-hour (4pm to 7pm), you’ll end up sitting in traffic, so watch your time.

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