Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
๐Ÿ˜ท Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces ๐Ÿ˜ท 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)
๐Ÿ›’ 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.
๐Ÿบ 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)
๐Ÿ” 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.
๐Ÿ‘ช 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)
๐Ÿ›’ 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)
๐Ÿจ 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)
โ›ต 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)
๐ŸŸ๏ธ 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
๐Ÿ‘ช 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)
๐Ÿšข 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)
โœˆ๏ธ 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.
โœˆ๏ธ 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.
๐Ÿ“„ 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.

Visit the Arecibo Lighthouse – A Great Park for Kids

Arecibo Lighthouse

If you have children, I think they will love this place. The Arecibo Lighthouse & Historical Park sounds all historical, boring and grown up, but don’t be fooled. This is a children’s park that tries to be mildly education, but mainly it is just for fun. We stopped here one afternoon on a trip out "west". When we got there, it was full of children’s laughter and squeals!

I don’t have kids, but I am pretty much just a big kid myself. So we stopped in. They give you a guide map of the place (they have them in English and Spanish). The park is not huge, but it has some neat, kid-friendly stuff.

Ships at the Arecibo Lighthouse

You start at the replica Taino village. It has huts and a "ball field" with the typical Taino symbols. It also has life-sized "mannequins" representing the chief and family. The woman is bare breasted, which must be a hoot for the kids!

Then the ships – they have 1/3-sized replicas of Columbus’s ships and a larger pirate ship – that the kids can climb and play around on.

 

Pirates' Hideout at the Arecibo Lighthouse

The "best part" is the Pirates’ Hideout. It is an air conditioned cave that has all sorts of twists and turns in the dark with dioramas of pirates doing things like burying treasure or drinking rum or just playing with the gold. I bet it could be a little scary at first for little kids (it is dark and they have a motion censored parrot at the beginning that is startling). But coax them to continue in, I think they are going to love it.

Right in the middle of the cave is an aquarium. One large tank has a sunken ship with (small) sharks and other fish swimming around. The other exhibits have different fish, an alligator, some turtles, etc. I really liked this pirate cave, kids would LOVE it! Of course, aka Disney, you end in the gift shop, full of fish and pirate-related stuff.

After the cave, we stopped for a bite to eat and a drink. Don’t expect too much – a lot of fried food, hamburgers, chicken nuggets and hot dogs. But an empandilla and a soda suited us fine for a snack. And the view is lovely – you sit on a deck overlooking the blue Atlantic waters. You can see the natural caves the water has made in the limestone all along the coast here.

After lunch, we went to the lighthouse. Built in 1898, the lighthouse is in great shape.Locally called Faro “los Morrillos” de Arecibo. You have to walk up a pretty steep hill to get there. Inside the lighthouse they have some nautical antiques and things they found in the water. Then you climb some stairs and get to the viewing area. The views are great, once again.Note- The lighthouse is closed after Maria- you can’t go inside.

From there, we went down to the mini zoo. Small area/pens for the animals. It has birds in cages – all sorts of parrots and love birds. There was a pony, a burro and a chicken or two. There also happened to be a puppy hanging around there, she was so cute!

 

Playground at the Arecibo Lighthouse

When you come out of the zoo area, you’ll find a helicopter (which you can only look at from the outside). And then the thing that it seemed like was a big hit with the kids … a large playground. There were a few school groups there, and they were having a ball on the play equipment.

There are also a replica slave hut, a small wooden Jibaro house and a few other things. The guide map gives some small descriptions of what you are seeing. There are bi-lingual signs around the "educational" parts of the park, explaining the historical aspect of the feature. Unfortunately, when we went, a few signs were missing. I hope they are refurbishing them (which I assume so since the park was very well maintained).

New feature- 2013- Splash by the Lighthouse and free admission with park admission. It is for little ones, but it is fun with shallow splash pool and some small water slides. And there is also some boats with water pistols! Great to cool down on a hot day.

There is a clean bathrooms and changing rooms and lockers available also. The staff was all bi-lingual and very nice.

I think this park is best for kids from about 3-11 years of age, but there is something there that everyone can enjoy. This was a great stop during a trip out to this area.

The entrance fee is $12.00 for adults (13-64 years old), $10.00 for children (2-12 years old) and seniors (65+). There is a parking fee of $3.50 per car.

The park is open 9:00am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 10:00am – 7:00pm on weekends. They are open regular hours on holidays, too.

Allow 1 or 2 hours, or more if your kids want to spend time playing.

You can call 787-880-7540 for more information.

You can visit their web site for more information.

Directions from the San Juan metro area: Take Route 22 West to exit 71 (Domingo Ruiz / Bajadero), and make a right at the end of the ramp, continue to the intersection with Road 2 and make a left. Continue on Road 2 to the next traffic light (with a Shell gas station) make two rights and take Road 681. At the intersection with Road 655 turn left. The park is located at the end of Road 655. Once you get to Route 2 you’ll see brown signs for the park that you can follow.

Travel time from the San Juan area is about 60 minutes.

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