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.
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 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 18 Apr 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ 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)
πŸ“„ 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)
β€’ 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)
β€’ 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.

More in Caguas: Riverwalk and Plaza del Mercado

Caguas Mercado

Being that we used to live in Caguas, we go occasionally to visit old friends, and usually stop in to the wonderful museums, Botanical Garden, and Jendy’s Ice Cream shop. But there are other lesser exciting, but still interesting, places to visit in Caguas.

The Plaza del Mercado and the Paseo Honor al Rio are two nice places where you can explore more of the "local" side of Puerto Rico. On their own, these are not really must see places, but they are still fun to check out if you have some time in the area.

The Plaza del Mercado

Each town "used to", and many still do, have a Plaza del Mercado in or near the center of town. These public markets are generally a big building that houses a number of fruit & veggie, and other general food-stuffs kiosks.

Caguas Mercado

As time has gone on, there are fewer mercados around the island, though there are still thriving mercados in Rio Piedras and Santurce. Fewer people shop "in town", prefering to go to the big chain supermarkets instead.

But the mercados offer a glimpse into the past — you can still get herbal and medicinal plants along with whatever local fruits and veggies are in season. The mercado in Caguas has had a rebirth of sorts. Just recently, they have added crafts/artisans, some small restaurants, and other kiosks/stores to the plaza.

Caguas Mercado

On our visit, we looked into the 2 fruit vendors’ shops that are there, and then explored the artisan kiosks. Homemade soaps/candles jewerly, art & crafts, and tie dye & batik clothes. There are also an art supply store, music store, and other shops.

For food, there was the meat store and some local lunch shops, and a few more gourmet choices like a bakery (with super yummy Tres Leches dessert), artisan limbers (frozen ices in all sorts of unusual flavors), and organic restaurant.

Caguas Mercado

Details for Mercado

Stores in the Plaza del Mercado are open Monday to Saturday from about 9am until about 5pm.

There is free parking on the street or in the lot behind the mercado (go down the street by the National Guard Armory).

They have a Facebook page

The Paseo Honor al Rio

Caguas Mercado

This is a walking path that runs along the Caguitas River. It is a linear park that has a number of sculptures along the way. Touted by the city of Caguas as "the perfect blending of nature and artistic expression", I was expecting more than what we found.

What we experienced was a nice walk along a sidewalk through a local neighborhood with some sculptures and the occasional bench. The river was very small — more of a wide-bedded creek that I assume gets much higher when it rains a lot — but it had trash along the banks, so it was not very appealing to sit and contemplate nature.

Caguas Mercado p>We were able to see see some large fish in it (catfish, I think) and a few herons and other birds in the area. The walkway was planted with some nice trees/shrubs and area was very well maintained.

There weren’t too many benches, and finding one in the shade was not easy. The sculptures were all concrete (I believe), mostly modern artistic expressions.

But, all in all, it was a nice walk, though a bit hot and sunny at mid-day. If you walk the whole thing (to the end on one side and then the other side and back), it is about 2 miles.

Caguas Mercado

They have rules posted — no skate boards, bikes, horses, motor vehicles since it is a walking/jogging trail. It has lights and security cameras all along it.

Bonus Tip: Park in the shopping center on Route 1, walk the length of the Riverwalk all the way to Route 32, turn right and walk a couple more blocks to Jendy’s Ice Cream. Then you can burn off those calories on your walk back to the car!

Details for Riverwalk

The Riverwalk is open from 5am to 10pm daily.

The walkway is mostly in the sun, so bring a hat and water.

The walkway runs (basically) from Route 1 along the river to Route 32.

There is easy access to one of the entrances of the Riverwalk if you park in the Plaza Villa Blanca Shopping Center (that’s the Marshall’s shopping center). The start of the walkway is in the corner of the parking lot, near Route 1.

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