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)
🛒 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)
🍔 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.
👪 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)
🛒 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)
⛵ 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
👪 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.
📄 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.

Saddle Up for a Trail Ride Close to San Juan

Tropical Trail Rides Campo Rico

Even before my mother and father sent me to Girl Scout Horse Summer Camp as a kid, I have been in love with horses. They are such beautiful, strong animals, each with it’s own personality. I don’t get to ride too often anymore, but when I do, I always enjoy the experience.

Campo Rico Trail Rides, a small company who has made a great name for themselves for a really nice horseback experience out in Isabela, has recently opened a new ranch in Campo Rico, right by San Juan. So we checked them out. It turned out to be a great experience.

Hacienda Campo Rico

Campo Rico Trail Rides is located in Hacienda Campo Rico, which is a large 2200-acre property just outside of (and easy to get to from) San Juan. The hacienda used to be a sugar cane and cattle plantation. Today, it is a large parcel of wetlands, mangroves, and waterways, along with acres of fields and forest. There is also a series of limestone hills with caves. They are starting to bring some tropical agriculture back to the hacienda — they have planted many tropical fruit trees and plants all throughout the property.

Tropical Trail Rides Campo Rico

They have about 20 horses there. These horses were bought from private owners and have been trained (or are still in training) to be trail horses. Most are Paso Finos, or mixed Paso Fino and something else.

The horses appear well-fed and cared for by the staff of tour guides. The staff knows each horse’s temperaments and cliques (which other horses they prefer to be around). You can see/hear in their talking and handling how much they care for the animals.

Out on the Trails

We decided on the afternoon ride, which (despite it being a hot, sunny day) turned out to be very pleasant since it gets breezy there almost every afternoon. Your first stop is at their office where you pay and sign the required release forms. They have restrooms at the office, so you might want to take advantage of those before you head over to the stables.

When we arrived at the stables, the horses were all saddled and waiting for us. Our tour guide, Kym, met us and gave us a briefing on what we needed to know when working around horses. They have a large sign posted with important information, like don’t walk behind the horses and steer the horses around obstacles.

Once we read and understood the hows and whys of the rules, we met our horses. I was given Malibu, a spirited mare and Ray was on Mercedes, who also had a nice personality. After a quick review about how to drive the horse, we were off. The guides assign horses and adapt the instructions & tour route to the experience of the riders, so every tour will be a little different.

Every tour starts off walking on the grass instead of the road, so it is softer on the horses feet. Then, once we got onto the dirt trail by a pond, we were able to trot. Much of the trails/walking is done on relatively flat, sunny areas. We then came around a forested area, past other ponds, into another forested area and then onto the cave area.

At this point, you dismount and take a short walk to explore the caves. While you are having fun exploring, the horses get about a 30-minute break where they can munch on the grass. Since we had already explored the caves on a previous ATV tour, we skipped the cave on this trip and continued around the hacienda trails for the remaining time, getting in some more trotting.

Cave in Campo Rico

The caves are a highlight of the trip, so let me tell you about them from our ATV experience. The hilly, forested area of the hacienda is karst country (meaning it is limestone). These limestone hills are home to a series of caves and some sink holes. The main cave that you’ll visit is a beauty. It has beautiful scenery, and a load of bats that fly around and squeal with displeasure at your visit! And, best of all, the petroglyphs left by the pre-Columbian native inhabitants of the island.

The guide brings a really bright flash light so we were able to see very well in the caves. And there are stalagmites and stalactite formations to see. I really enjoyed this unexpected treat. There is a short walk to the caves, but it is worth it! Take a look at the video in our review of the ATV tour to see part of the cave and the bats.

Tropical Trail Rides Campo Rico

Our tour was just me and Ray. Because of that, we were able to cover a lot of ground quickly. Campo RicoTrail Rides prefers that the horses walk in line, head to tail, but the horse I was on really liked to be on the left side of the guide horse. It was almost comedic how she was only happy in she was in 1½th place, not second. Kym was OK with that, since the horse was happy, and I liked it because it made conversation easier. But Kym did comment that they will work on getting Malibu in line!

We talked all about horses, from the Paso Fino step (which we got to experience — such a nice smooth gate), to care for the animals, the difference between work animals and pets, the training involved … all sorts of horse things. She also told us about the ranch, the plants/fruits we were passing (soon the fruit will be ripe and ready to eat!), the caves and history, and the future plans for the tour.

During our trip, we passed a larger family group that had small children with them, so they were going much slower and just enjoying the family experience. Kym said that they have some really mellow horses that they always use for the children or beginner riders. The large group also had 2 guides & one in front and one in the back.

The Details

The cost is $75 for a 2-hour tour, plus tax. It will include a rest stop (maybe at the cave).

If you're happy, let them know it — Don't forget to tip your your bartender, tour guide or trip operator if you enjoyed yourself. Gratuities are appreciated and typically aren't included in the price they charge you.

They are open 7 days/week (including most holidays) with 2 rides daily. A morning tour at 9am, and an afternoon tour at 3pm. Each tour lasts approximately 2 hours. They ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes early so you can do the paperwork, etc. You can ask about special trips — like private tours, 1-hour tours, special tour times, or experienced rider trips. They may be able to accommodate you. Most tours are in English, but they can do Spanish tours, if needed. They go out rain or shine, and can provide a poncho if you need one.

Kids have to be at least 6 years old to participate. . Kids 6 and older can ride on their own horse or ride in front of a parent, on the parent’s horse. The total combined weight for riders on a single horse is 250 pounds.

Riding helmets are recommended for kids. Helmets are available for anyone else who wants one.

Bring a hat and sunglasses, and wear sunscreen. Bring your camera if you want pictures. Bring a bottle of water with you if you want. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.

They can arrange transportation from the Old San Juan and San Juan areas. That makes this trip super easy for cruise ship passengers.

You can call them at 787-629-0222 for more information or to make a reservation.

You can visit the Campo Rico Trail Rides web site for more information.

Campo Rico Trail Rides also offers ATV rides on this property. Another company has an adventure course (kayak, hike, & zipline) and there is also a golf school on the property. It is in a great location, easy for anyone staying in, or visiting, the north east part of the island.

Driving Directions: Take Route 26 to Campo Rico Ave. Take Campo Rico Ave. north until it ends. Directly across the street you will see a closed, chain-link gate. Drive up to the gate and tell the guard you are going to the Campo Rico Trail Rides tour and he will open the gate and let you in. The just follow the blue and yellow arrows (and signs) to their office. Once you get signed in, they will direct you to the horse stables.

PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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