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)
πŸ›’ 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)
πŸ” 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.
πŸ‘ͺ 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)
πŸ›’ 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)
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 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
πŸ‘ͺ 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.
πŸ“„ 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.

Look Beyond Our World at the Arecibo Observatory

12/2020 Update- The Observatory has collapsed. It is totally gone, CLOSED for now. They will start cleaning it up and once that is safely done, they hope to expand the visitors center and other offerings there.

Arecibo Radio Telescope

The Arecibo Observatory is the home of one of the world’s largest radio telescope, which is used to study the ionosphere and nearby planets as they pass overhead. Since it’s opening in 1963, this radio telescope has been in continuous operation and has made many significant scientific discoveries. And during your trip to Puerto Rico, you can view this huge scientific instrument up close and personal.

This is not a must see trip for everyone. This is not a beautiful garden, nor amusing tour. This is a learning experience. And, unless you are pretty interested in natural science, you will find this place boring. But if you are interested in space or science, then you’ll probably have a great time here.

Once you arrive at the observatory, you’ll park in the parking lot , which is located below the exhibits and telescope. Be forewarned that you will have to walk up a fairly steep hill to get to the Observatory itself. The walkway is a combination of steps and an inclined side walk. Lots of people complain about the walk, but it wasn’t really that bad. There’s a small stand that sells Pina Coladas and sodas about half way up. If you have elderly or handicapped people in your party, tell the attendant at the bottom of the steps and they’ll call the observatory’s minivan to give those people a (free) ride up to the entrance.

Once at the top, get your tickets and go in to start learning. Exhibits at the Arecibo ObservatoryThe place has a ton of hands-on exhibits explaining and demonstrating how and why things happen in our galaxy. They have the exhibits broken into sections – some about the earth and our solar system, the stars and galaxies, and others on tools and technology used in studying these natural sciences. They even have some meteors on display. A real science geek could spend hours learning here. The information is geared to children about 10 (maybe with a little help from an adult) and up. The information may be too much for younger kids, but they will enjoy pressing the buttons and watching what happens.

Most of the exhibits require reading the how and why, then pressing a button the see what you just learned about in action. I am not a real science geek, but enjoyed some of the exhibits very much. I even bought a replica night sky disc that shows what star constellations are in the sky on any given night.

They show a movie (about 20 minutes) that explains "a day at the telescope". It was a bit cheesy, but it did amaze me, in that it showed how important and busy this telescope actually is. Scientists from all over the world have to schedule appointments all day and night to come and use this telescope. They are finding far away galaxies and learning about the sun and stars and all sorts of neat science stuff. This was a shocker to me as I had heard a rumor that all they did at the telescope was try to find flying saucers!

After the movie, you exit the building to where you can see the huge radio telescope. It is an impressive sight.

Parts of two Hollywood movies have been filmed here, Contact (with Jodie Foster) and 007- Golden Eye. So before you visit, check out the movies! Kind of neat.

Admission is $12 for adults, and $8 for children (5-12y) (all plus tax).They sometimes also have a VIP Tour to have closer access to the dish, but this costs more.

8/20- currently closed Open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00am until 3:00pm.

Allow 1 hour for your visit. There are clean bathrooms, a gift shop, and a small snack area.

For more information, call 787-878-2612 Ext. 346 or 786-462-6508.

Visit the Observatory’s website www.naic.edu and click on the ” Visitor Center” tab. You can also buy your tickets online!

From the San Juan area, take Route 22 west to Arecibo – exit 77b. Then Route 129 south. There are signs to guide you once you get off of Route 22. The Observatory is located at the end of Road 625.

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