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.

Dramatic Cliffs and Arches in Cabo Rojo

Cabo Rojo

I consider the cliffs of Cabo Rojo, near the lighthouse, to be one of the most beautiful places in Puerto Rico. We have found that, as you explore the area around the lighthouse and head northwest, you will see how these rugged cliffs have been worn and sculpted by the ocean waves over time. There are all sorts of arches, little caves, and other amazing rock formations along this coastline. The photo opportunities are endless!

Cabo Rojo

Cabo Rojo is located in the south-western corner of Puerto Rico. To get to the cliffs, you first need to head to the Cabo Rojo lighthouse. We have explored this area in the past, but we have usually gone to the east, toward La Playuela Beach.

But recently, I saw a picture of a natural bridge (arch) in Cabo Rojo, and I knew that I had to find it! As it turns out, this natural bridge, and many other beautiful rock formations, can be found found by following the small trails to the northwest of the lighthouse (that would be to the right if looking at the ocean with the lighthouse behind you).

Cabo Rojo

Caution! The cliffs around the lighthouse represent a danger to anyone in the area. This isn’t a National Park. There are no railings to keep you from falling over the edge and into the ocean. A couple of people meet their maker every year in this area (seriously!). If you survive the fall, you’ll probably drown in the ocean. The memorial markers at the cliffs’ edges should remind you to stay a safe distance from the edge. The limestone is fragile and it is prone to breaking off. What seems like sturdy ground may actually only be a couple inches thick with nothing but the ocean below. There are also open holes in the limestone that go straight through to the ocean, so watch your step as you’re walking around. We don’t recommend that anyone try to go out onto these rock formations. If you go to this area, use common sense and don’t be stupid.

The Natural Bridge

Cabo Rojo

As you walk up the driveway from the parking lot to the lighthouse, you will notice a number of small paths that lead to the west (to the right). We didn’t take these, though they will all (eventually) lead out to the water.

By looking on the map, I was able to see that the natural bridge is not that far from the lighthouse. So we walked all the way up to the lighthouse (or you can take the trolley up if it is available), and then started walking along the cliffs to the northwest (to the right- away from front of lighthouse) until we saw the cove with the arch.

The bridge part that connects the rocks is only about 3 feet wide in the middle — it’s a little bit scary and a big bit dangerous. If you choose to walk across this natural bridge, and you fall into the water, you’re probably not coming back to finish the rest of the walk. So leave your wallet, car keys, and cellphone with the sensible person in the group, just in case. We do not recommend that people attempt to go out onto the natural bridge. Look, take photos, and admire it from the safety of solid ground.

Cabo Rojo

Besides this cool arch, there are all sorts of little caves, blow holes, and other formations. We spent a couple hours just exploring this area along the coastline path. As you walk more toward the north, the cliffs get shorter and shorter until you are eventually able to step right onto the beach. But watch out for the waves!

You can eventually make your way back to your car (parked at the base of the path to the lighthouse) by walking along a path eastward, away from the coastline.(Note: we hear these paths can be mosquito infested, so be prepared with repellent!)

We picked a random trail and eventually popped out of the trees that are on the right side of the parking area, just a few steps from our car.

Be warned that there are loads of tiny, unmarked paths (made by mountain bikers) that criss-cross all over this area. We used Google Maps on our iPhone to help us figure out when to turn to the east for the shortest trail back to our car.

Details

To get there, take Route 301 in the Cabo Rojo area all the way to the end.

Click on a placename below to view the location on Google Maps ...

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