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.

Museum of Coffee in Ciales

2/21- due to covid- the museum is closed. But the coffee shop and store and little animal area is open

Ciales Coffee Museum

For more than 275 years, the haciendas throughout the cool mountain regions of Puerto Rico have been growing coffee. It was once one of the largest crops in production on the island. Harvesting the coffee beans is hard work and, with modernization, fewer and fewer people want to work the fields. While there are still some large coffee farms, many of the old coffee haciendas are gone.

The Museum of Coffee in Ciales is a place where you can explore some of the history of coffee, and to experience some of the best coffee available in Puerto Rico today.

At times, it feels like Ray and I are the only non-coffee drinkers in Puerto Rico, but we still like to check out coffee-related attractions around the island.

The Museum of Coffee (or Museo del Café) is located in Ciales, a small town mountain town about one hour from San Juan. Ciales has been a coffee town for centuries, and is still home to a few large plantations.

Ciales Coffee Museum

The Museum of Coffee is owned/operated by Pichy Maldonado, whose family has been growing coffee at their farms since 1933. He personally gives the tours through the museum, proudly explaining the coffee-related objects he has collected throughout the years. And no visit would be complete without trying some freshly roasted local coffee. If you want to buy some coffee to bring home, they will roast the green beans (many varieties, from all over the world) fresh for you on the spot.

Our Visit

While researching this trip, I wasn’t able to find too much specific information. So we hopped in the car and headed to Ciales mid-week to see what we could find.

Ciales Coffee Museum

The museum, called Paseo Aroma de Café, is tucked down a little alley, just to the side of the Mercado. In actuality, we just had to follow our noses — they were just finishing up roasting some coffee for a customer.

Unfortunately, we had not called ahead, so no one was available to give us a tour. However, we were welcomed to come in and look around the museum on our own, and to enjoy some coffee at the counter.

Ciales Coffee Museum

The museum is dedicated to the history of coffee in Puerto Rico. It is an old building, and the museum is nothing fancy, with uneven floors and stuff stored in the back. The front room is where the coffee roaster and coffee shop are located. It has a number of photos and historical information about some of the old local plantations.

The next few rooms had lots of other documents, and the old name stencils used on the burlap bags. It had old scales, coffee grinders, and coffee makers. There is a huge modern coffee machine, used during some stage of bean processing, and there was also a large old wooden machine, used to separate the beans from the fruit.

Ciales Coffee Museum

It was interesting to see, but I am sure it would have been much more educational/enjoyable with someone to explain stuff to us!

The coffee shop offers fresh Don Pello Coffee by the cup. It also has a selection of green beans, and they will roast your choice (to your desired roast preference) right on the spot. Check out their Facebook page for current info.

Details

Guided tour of the museum is $1 per person.

Ciales Coffee Museum

The museum is currently closed, but coffee shop is open Thursday-Fri- 9am-3pm, Sat + Sunday from 9am to 5:00pm. Tours are usually offered on the weekend. Call to check availability of a guide for the museum.

You can call them at 787- 313-0925 or 787-871-3439 for more information. or via email: museodelcafepr@yahoo.com.

From Route 22, take exit #48 to Route 149 south straight into Ciales.

Note: they have started giving classes at their new “Instituto del Café de Puerto Rico” and have tasting rooms and a laboratory for learning all about coffee such as cupping, sampling, and tasting and barista classes. 787-313-0925, 787-433-2523, a través de Facebook o por email en la dirección museodelcafepr@yahoo.com.

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