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.

Casa Cortés ChocoBar: Indulge Your Senses

Fine chocolate and fine art … what is not to love? Casa Cortés ChocoBar is a restaurant & art gallery in Old San Juan operated by the Cortés family. This chocolate-producing family has opened this venue to allow the rest of us in on some of their greatest family treasures — meals that incorporate their amazing chocolate, and pieces from their amazing art collection. We stopped in to savor the fragrances, flavors, and sights — we left full, and fully delighted.

Background

Casa Cortes

The Cortés family has been making chocolate for more than 80 years. They are the largest chocolate-maker in the Caribbean. They have a huge presence in Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The cacao used in production of their chocolate is grown (or is in cultivation) on both of these island.

In an effort to help expand and spread the word about their chocolate, they decided to open a storefront in Puerto Rico’s cruise port. They renovated a building on Calle San Francisco, making the downstairs a restaurant (where many of the dishes feature chocolate), and the upstairs a free gallery exhibiting some of the family’s huge, fine art collection.

Our Lunch & Art Gallery Visit

The family’s art gallery has been open for a couple of years, but we never took the opportunity to stop in a see it. But then, in the fall of 2013, they opened the ChocoBar, and we knew we HAD to go. I guess there might be a couple people on the planet that don’t like chocolate, but for the rest of us, this place is almost a mandatory stop! Their little restaurant and bar serve up delicious breakfasts, lunches, tapas, and drinks with a chocolate flair. Almost all items on the menu have Cortés chocolate as an ingredient.

Casa Cortes

We went for lunch during the first month they were open, and the place is really neat — decorated with all sorts of chocolatep-related paraphernalia and information, it is very sleek and modern.

They had an amazing movie playing on a few screens in the restaurant that showed you the entire process of how chocolate is made. We really enjoyed watching that while we waited for our chocolate-infused meals and desserts.

We each ordered something different, and it was all interesting and yummy. The desserts were heavenly — we had the fondue (pictured at the top of this article) and we could have licked the bowl!

Casa Cortes

After lunch, we went upstairs to see the amazing art from the Fundación Casa Cortés. It is dubbed the CCC — The Cortes Chocolate Collection (La Colección Chocolate Cortés).

There are two levels to the gallery, starting on the third floor. There are docents on both floors. They allow photos, and they even bring you hot chocolate to sip while enjoying the art. The art has been collected from around the Caribbean, Central American, and South America. It is an eclectic, contemporary collection.

Between lunch and the gallery, it was a pretty wonderful way to spend a couple hours in the afternoon in Old San Juan.

Casa Cortes

Details

Admission to the art gallery is free. But it is only open on weekends.

The ChocoBar is open for breakfast, lunch, and tapas Mon – Saturday, from 8am to 3pm. The art gallery is open to the public Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 5pm.

For more information, the phone number for the restaurant is 787-722-0499, while the number for the gallery is 787-523-4642.

You can visit the Casa Cortés web site or their Facebook page for more information.

The are located at 210 Calle San Francisco in Old San Juan.

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