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.

Discover the Fountain of Youth in Coamo

They are open with new Covid restrictions. And as an FYI-after the earthquakes, the waters are a little hotter due to nature!

Coamo Thermal Springs

The Coamo Thermal Springs (Piscinas Aguas Termales de Coamo) is another one of those natural wonders that makes Puerto Rico a pretty cool place. Located along a cold river in the town of Coamo, hot water springs naturally from the earth. For hundreds of years people have been enjoying these natural hot springs, which are said to have healing powers. And now, with the recent completion of a refurbishment of the public area, everyone can enjoy the springs in clean pools while enjoying other amenities.

Some History

The hot water has been found to be due to a dormant volcano way under the ground, that still contains super hot magma. The water from the river finds its way through cracks and faults and gets heated by the magma and mixes with natural minerals and chemicals. As it works its way back up to the surface, it is naturally filtered and comes out as hot, sulfurous water.

The Taino and proto-Taino cultures enjoyed these springs for many hundreds of years. When the Spanish came, the Tainos told the Spaniards about these healing waters. Supposedly, Ponce de Leon misunderstood where the springs were located, and set off to sea to find the Fountain of Youth elsewhere.

Coamo Thermal Springs

Through the years, people have traveled far and wide to partake in these springs. In the mid 1800’s, the spring was diverted through pipes and a hotel and some pool structures were built to better enjoy the heated water. Today, the hotel is Parador Baños de Coamo, but I don’t know the condition of their thermal pools since we’ve never been there.

Over time, these public pools had deteriorated, and were muddy and dirty. In August 2010, the town of Coamo completed the refurbishment of the public thermal pool. They are now lovely and clean.

Our Morning at the Thermal Pools

After hearing some less-than-flattering stories about the old thermal pools, and knowing they have been refurbished, I was so relieved to see the new area. There are now two pools both about 2½ feet deep. The water in both pools are in constant circulation — fresh water comes from the thermal springs and water from the pools overflows to the river downstream. Because of this, the water remains clean and at a constant temperature.

Of the two pools, the water in the smaller pool is hotter. The water comes directly from the thermal springs, so the water coming in is hot (but not too hot) and has a slight sulfur smell to it. But the water is clean and clear. This pool is rectangular, with benches all around the sides.

Coamo Thermal Springs

The water in the second pool is diluted with cooler water, so this pool is warm, not hot. The water flows into this pool from two pipes above the waterline, and people seemed to enjoy sitting under them getting a warm massage. This pool also has benches, on the deeper end. This one had lots of handrails and small steps — it appeared to be the more accessible of the two pools.

The benches in the pools and around the pools are nice since they allow people to sit and chat while enjoying the waters. From speaking to some of the other people in the water, they all believed it did help them feel better.

One lady said she had been coming to the pools for the last three months to sit in the water, but she also takes some water home to drink (yuck!) and washes her face with it. She said she no longer needs her pain medication. Well, I can’t say it really is the fountain of youth or that the waters have medicinal powers, but it was a nice way to spend some time and we met some nice people.

Unless you want to see if the waters can help your aches and pains, I don’t know if the drive is worth the visit, but if you are in the area, it is a nice stop for a couple of hours.

Amenities

I spent some time talking with a couple of the employees about the facilities. The pools are cleaned everyday. There are restrooms are clean, with changing rooms, small lockers with locks (as for key at the ticket desk), and a place selling (non-alcoholic) drinks and fruit. There is a cool outdoor shower by the pools for rinsing before (required) and after going in the pools. They have rules they enforce in order to maintain a clean, safe and family-friendly environment. There are about 10 picnic table sets around the pools and grounds where you can relax and enjoy a snack. They also have some spa services available. It is not a huge place, so it can get crowded.

The Details

Coamo Thermal Springs

If you want to go into the thermal pools, the cost is $3.35/person, kids (1y-11y) are $1.12 and 60-74yo- $1.00, 75+ are free. Parking is free and on the street.

The Coamo Thermal Springs are open 7 days/week (including most holidays). Monday – Sunday 6am – 9pm.

The recommendation is that you spend no more than 15 minutes at a time in the thermal pools. After that, you should get out and cool off. Remember to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Also- bring a towel (though they have some you can rent” if needed.

Allow a least 1 hour, or more if you depending on how long you want to spend there.

You can call 787-825-6668 or (787) 803-7060. for more information. Or check their Facebook page.

Driving directions from the San Juan area: Take Route 52 South to exit 76 (for Coamo). Get onto Carretera 153 North, and follow to Carretera 546, where you’ll make a sharp left (there’s a sign for a resort on the corner). Follow Carr. 546 to the end.

Allow about 1¼ hours to drive from the San Juan area.

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