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 Doña Bisa – A Wonderful Surprise

After seeing a photo of the Casa Doña Bisa (or the San Sebastian Museum of History), I had to see it in person. I am so glad we did! It is one of the prettiest and well preserved houses I have seen in Puerto Rico. The fact that they offer a free, bilingual guided tour, with docents in period costumes was the topping on the cake. It is really worth the trip!

Located right on the town square of the town of San Sebastian, this grand house still commands respect. The original smaller house of the Rabell family was built in the same area. Don Manuel Rodríguez Cabrero, who was the last mayor of San Sebastian appointed by the Spanish regime, lived here with his wife, Violante Rabell. The original house was destroyed by fire in 1906.

Casa Doña Bisa

After receiving a large inheritance, Violante decided to build this grand house on the property. Constructed from 1915 to 1917, it was designed to be a marvel of the time — 4 stories tall, made of concrete, with electricity and indoor plumbing. It was called the Rodrigues/Rabell house. Their daughter, Doña María Luisa Rodríguez, inherited the house in 1945 and lived there until 1967. It was passed down through the family until the town of San Sebastian bought the house in 2008.

Casa Doña Bisa

Doña María Luisa Rodríguez was very active in town politics and town matters. She was much loved by the local residents, and she would sit almost everyday on the porches or parlor and welcome people into the house to spend time with her and enjoy the cool breezes that run through the home. She was so friendly to everyone. She was known by all in town by her nickname Doña Bisa.

When the town of San Sebastian obtained the house, it was in disrepair. After 5 years of much effort and money, the house was restored to its former glory and became the Historical Museum of San Sebastián, informally called Casa Doña Bisa in her honor.

Casa Doña Bisa

Our Visit

The town really has spared no expense, they even have a number of docents (Ashley is amazing and 100% bilingual) to take you around the house and explain everything. The main floor of the house is set up as it would have been when initially built. The rooms have period furniture and design pieces from 1850-1920 and there are bilingual information plaques outside each room. Everything is really nicely set up.

Casa Doña Bisa

The architecture is really impressive. The ornamentation, woodwork, and flooring are beautiful. The kitchen and bathroom are something to see! There is one room set up as an art gallery, another with information on the history of the house. Upstairs is the history museum part — from pre-Columbus artifacts to the history of the town. So much information (most in Spanish, but the docent can help translate). You can also go to the outside areas and upstairs for some amazing views of the town square.

This really was one of the nicest restored houses/museums I have seen in Puerto Rico. I highly recommend a visit. Located right on the town plaza, there are other museums and the murals along Paseo September 24. Ask the docent about that if you don’t read Spanish — it was interesting! San Sebastian offers a lot of other great things … their tourism office is very active, .and you can contact them on Facebook!

Casa Doña Bisa

Details

Tours of the house and museum are free.

They are open Friday to Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. No reservation needed.

Allow 1 to 2 hours to tour the home and museum.

You can call them at 787-896-2300 for more information.

The Museo Historia Casa Doña Bisa is located at 2-8 Cll Luis Muñoz Rivera in San Sebastián. There is parking just in front of the home, at the town plaza.

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