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.

Cabras Island & El Cañuelo – the Forgotten Fort

Beach and area is open!COVID guidelines in practice.

El Canuelo Fort

While looking west from El Morro, you see this little fort across the bay channel. Known as El Cañuelo, this little fort was built to help defend of the entrance to the San Juan Bay. Not much is mentioned about this little fort, except that it is located on Isla de Cabras (Goat Island), which you can visit. The fort is part of the San Juan National Historic Site.

I had asked the Puerto Rico Tourism Company for some information, and they said it was a beach and picnic area. Sounded nice enough, so we decided to take an afternoon and go see it.

Some Background

Originally built of wood in the late 1500s, the fort of San Juan de la Cruz (El Fortín San Juan de la Cruz), better known today as El Cañuelo, burned to the ground in 1625. Spain replaced it with a stone fort between 1630 and 1660. El Cañuelo was the smallest fort in the harbor defense system. Cannon fire from the fort helped El Morro’s forces protect the entrance to the San Juan bay by providing crossfire.

Cabaras Island Today

Here is the scoop as I see it — not the most exciting place but you can get pictures of El Morro and Old San Juan from across the bay. It is not a must see place but worth a short visit if you are in the area.

Just as you pull in, on the right hand side, you’ll see the restored ruins of the Cañuelo Fort. It is not really impressive — just a small box with one garita. occasionally this fort is open on weekends and you can go inside and sometimes on weekends there are NPS guided tours on weekends. There is a National Parks Service informational sign in front of it with some old pictures, which was kind of interesting if you visit during the week.

Remains of leper colony on Cabras Island

We spent some time walking all around the island. Up on the north side, there are (what appear to be) a few WWI or WWII gun bunkers. There was no information about these, so I don’t really know.

On the very north tip (we just walked around the gate), there are ruins of some structures that are the remains of a leper colony that was on the island from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. But there were no signs with information about these, either.

Luckily (for us), Cabras Island is located just a few miles away from the Bacardi Rum Factory tour, so we stopped in there first. Then we headed to Cabras Island. All in all, it was not a bad way to spend a few hours.

Though there is a little beach there, it’s not very nice — it was rocky and didn’t look that inviting. Besides, there are "no swimming" signs posted around the island. There are picnic pavilions that you can reserve, but these are used mostly by locals. There is a snack bar and clean restrooms. There is also a nice boat ramp here. There are a number of local restaurants (mostly seafood) just outside of the park. We had a surprisingly good (though not what I would call inexpensive) lunch at one of them.

The Details

Parking at Cabras Island costs $4 for the day. It is open Wednesday – Sunday from 8:30am – 5:00pm Sept-April and 7 days a week May – August 8:30am- 6pm. Fort entrance free, open only occasional weekends.

There is some information on the Parques Nacionales web site

From the San Juan area, take Route 22 west to exit 7a. That will put you onto Route 165 north. Follow Route 165 to Route 870 east. Take Route 870 (through the little town) to the end.

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