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.

Dare To Go To the Infinity Pool in Carite Forest

The idea of an “infinity pool” — where the water falls from a nice pool, over an edge, giving you views to the horizon — sounds magical! The infinity pool in Patillas, located in the middle of the forest, is magically beautiful. But don’t be fooled, it can be treacherous. This adventure is not for everyone, and definitely not to be done when it is raining!

There are a few infinity pools in Puerto Rico. This particular one is located in the Carite Forest in Patillas, a town in the center of the eastern side of the island. It is down-river from Charco Azul, so the water is crystal clear. Unlike Charco Azul, there will probably not be anyone else there. There are 2 ways you can get there — one route by land, another route by water — both ways are tough. This is a moderate-difficult adventure.

Carite Forest Infinity Pool

Years ago, we went via the river route. We walked through the lower parking area at Charco Azul and entered the river there. We then walked down-river until we reached the upper waterfall. At that time, we didn’t try getting down it into the infinity pool area.

Now, I hear there is a path that will take up up on the land to the path below. Or you can risk taking the rope that is tied at the top of the fall and rappel down. That doesn’t seem safe to me at all, and we don’t recommend that. The river trek took a long time, with a lot of maneuvering up and over rocks/boulders — so you need to be prepared for that. But some people may enjoy it, if you have the right skills and equipment.

Carite Forest Infinity Pool

The other way, and much more frequently used, is by the trail through the forest. Basically, you park at the Charco Azul parking lot and walk up the Road 184 about 10 minutes (toward Patillas, not Guavate) until just past KM 17.5. On the right side, you will see a thin path trampled down in the grass. You will see the old wooden fence that used to block the trail, and the remains of what I assume were danger/keep out signs on it.(Update 1/22- I see the DRNA has put up new signs and more fencing to block the trail.) So proceed at your own risk.

The path is super muddy, slippery, and steep in a bunch of spots. You really need to go slowly and carefully. There are some fallen trees that you have to go over/under, and some wash outs that you have to CAREFULLY maneuver over. There are a few ropes people left to help going down/up the worst parts (climbing gloves are very helpful). It takes about 30 minutes to the bottom. Once you are there, it is beautiful.

Carite Forest Infinity Pool

To the right, you will see the waterfall and a deep blue/green pool. It is cool and refreshing.

To the left, you will see the rock edge of the infinity pools, and the beautiful view. The pool on the right gets the most water, so it can have a current pushing you toward the edge and seemed more dangerous to me to enter. I enjoyed the pool on the left, it is about 5 feet deep in the center.

While in the pool, it is hard to realize what is below you. It wasn’t until we flew the drone over that we saw and really appreciated the beauty (and danger) of this area. There is a good 200 foot waterfall/drop from the pools.

Carite Forest Infinity Pool

Be super careful, if the rocks are slippery or you fall, or it rains somewhere up-river and a flash flood occurs — let’s just say that it won’t be a pretty situation. Don’t be stupid. Don’t get dead.

The trail was well used, but we didn’t meet anyone on the trail that day. The area was clean, please keep it that way!

Details

Figure about 30 minutes to hike down the trail, and a little longer to hike back (uphill) to the road. Allow enough time to get in and out before sunset.

I would suggest long sleeves/long pants (for the razor grass on the edge) and definitely sneakers/hikers that can get muddy for this adventure. Also, having climbing gloves would help a lot since you will be using the trees and bushes along the trail for stability. Be VERY aware of the weather. If it is raining, threatening rain, or has recently rained, do not go.

Park at the Charco Azul parking area, and walk about 10 minutes southward on Road 184 to the trailhead.

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