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.

Visit Casa Caracoles, for the Shell of It

Some people are collect unique things, and are very passionate about their collection. The owner of Casa Caracoles has taken his fascination with seashells and turned his house into an unusual tourist attraction. He has covered almost every surface of his property with local seashells. If you’re near the southern town of Salinas, this house is really something to see!

Casa Caracoles

Casa Caracoles (the shell house) is located in Salinas, which is on the south coast of Puerto Rico. The owner, Jimmy, welcomes people who want to see his house that he has decorated with seashells. If you are lucky enough to be there when he is home, he will probably call you into the yard to check it out up close. He is very nice and enjoys sharing his artwork with anyone who might be interested.

It has taken him 7 years to cover his house with seashells to the point that it is today. It is pretty impressive. I assume he doesn’t think it is “done” due to the pile of shells in his driveway just waiting to be attached to an unadorned surface!

In addition to his house, he has covered his car (inside and out) with seashells. He said that decorating the car took 4 months. It is all quite amazing … a bit odd maybe … but amazing.

Casa Caracoles

He opens his property for people to see his creation for free. All he asks is that visitors sign his guestbook. He has had many people from all over the world who have enjoyed his work. It must be very rewarding for him to have other people interested in his passion.

But remember, this is his home, so it may not be “open”…don’t just walk in! Even if he is not home and the gate is closed, you can see the lovely shell wall and the house from outside the gate.

Casa Caracoles

We visited Casa Caracoles with a shell lover, so she got to talking with Jimmy a bit about the different kinds of shells he has and their qualities for artwork. When asked where he found so many, he showed us one of his shell gathering spots … just a few hundred meters from his house, but not generally accessible to the public. While we were there, we found some beautiful sea shells for ourselves.

Publicly accessible beaches in the area include Playa Salinas (right off Route 1), or other rocky cove beaches in Salinas and Santa Isabel, especially near the canals.

Hmmm … Maybe we will start covering something with our recent findings …

Casa Caracoles

Details

Jimmy doesn’t charge anything for people to look at his property. Just be sure to sign his guestbook before you leave.

He has a Facebook page that has some info on how to contact the owner. That way maybe you can make a date/time to visit with him! His Facebook page has a phone number and an email address.

From San Juan, take Route 52 south to Route 53 north-east to Route 706 south to Route 3 west to Route 180 south-west to Route 701 south. From Route 701, you’ll turn right onto an unnamed road that you’ll follow to Casa Caracoles.

Click on a placename below to view the location on Google Maps ...

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