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.

Chocolate Love at Finca de Cacao La PruVite

Cacao is one of the newest agricultural crops here in Puerto Rico, and we enjoy going on cacao farm tours and learning about the origins of chocolate. Finca de Cacao La PruVite, located in Luquillo, offers a tasty, educational tour of a small, family-run, organic cacao farm.

Cacao La PruVite

The owner, Virgen Torres, grows her cacao trees from seeds, nurtures them to fruiting size, and then uses every part of the harvested fruit. She personally gave us a tour of the family farm, and an explanation of the whole process she uses to turn the cacao beans into chocolate. Unsurprisingly, we fell in love with all her home-made artisanal chocolate products.

Cacao La PruVite

Our Tour

Virgen explained the different types of cacao varieties that she has, the different trees’ growing habits, how to grow them, and how to harvest the cacao pods. She even opened a a freshly-picked pod so we could taste the fruit around the seed. Virgen really is passionate about growing cacao, and wants to share her knowledge and experience with others – especially the kids!

Cacao La PruVite

Once back at the work area, she showed the different areas where she processes the beans – from the fermenting, to drying, to roasting, to removing the chaff, to grinding – all the way to edible chocolate. This is a small operation, and you can see some of the “old fashioned” equipment that is used to process the beans. Of course, she has some of the newer equipment used to process the dried nibs into smooth chocolate. Virgen also explains the tempering of the chocolate, which is needed to give her delicious, home-made chocolate bars the crisp snap when you bite into them.

Cacao La PruVite

Virgen does not rush you out after the tour. You are welcome to stay and chat, enjoy the hammocks, eat, drink, and relax. She has a little outdoor cafe there where she makes and sells some amazing chocolate goodies. You can’t leave with out trying some of the yummy treats. I fell in love with the passionfruit-filled chocolate candies, which was only one of a number of different types of bonbons available. She also has yummy chocolate cakes, candies, shakes, hot chocolate, etc – all home-made right there. She can also make sugar-free treats with advanced notice. There are also other cacao-based products, like jellies and spreads, soaps, and creams, available for purchase. On Saturdays, she makes breakfast at her outdoor café.

Cacao La PruVite

Details

The tours and café offerings are very inexpensive.

Tours are offered Thursdays and Fridays from 9am until dusk, and Saturdays from about 11am until dusk. The farm and café are open until 8pm. Breakfast is available on Saturdays from 7:30am until 10:30am. Tours on Saturdays start after breakfast time is over. Reservations are required for both tours and breakfast.

For the farm tour, the ground is uneven and may be muddy or slippery. Take that into consideration and wear appropriate shoes.

The tour is in Spanish, but Virgen tries to explain in some English if she can. If you need more English, bring a translation app on your phone.

The farm tour takes about 30 minutes.

Call or text 7877105619 for reservations or more information.

You can get more information on their Facebook page.

You can buy her pre-made candy at the farm. She can make sugar-free treats with prior notice. She also sells some of her non-persihable cacao products at the Luquillo farmers’ market.

Finca de Cacao La PruVite is located in Luquillo, on Carr 988 KM 12.3.

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