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.

Photo Op: Comerío Represas

Sometimes, just taking a day and going out for a drive leads to some great finds. We recently took a “Sunday exploration drive” down Route 167 in Comerío, and checked out some very impressive dam “waterfalls” right along the road.

Comerio Represas

Built around 1910, these dams (represas in Spanish) are the remains of now defunct hydroelectric power plants on the Río La Plata. They are no longer used for generating electricity, but the “waterfalls” (saltos in Spanish) that they create are getting a second life as natural points of interest. The town of Comerío is in the early phases of constructing a scenic overlook at Represa Two.

Represa One (El Salto #1)

Comerio Represas

There is a very sharp curve in Road 167 at KM 4.2, that is right above Represa One. There is some “pull over” parking on the mountain side of the road, and a guardrail on the other side of the road above the dam. Be careful crossing the road … it is a blind curve, and the cars heading north won’t see you.

This dam is about 45 feet tall, and there may be a good viewing point from the edge of the road (though last time we went, I could not see the dam). There was a steep and slippery “path” down to the river. The view from down by the dam is impressive, as is the view looking down-river.

The path down was challenging, and it is steep on the way up. Definitely not for everyone, especially those with fear of heights or people who are not steady on their feet. We could not find this path on our last visit, so maybe it is no longer there.

Represa Two (El Salto #2)

Comerio Represas

Continuing south on Route 167, between KM 3.7 and 3.6, there is parking and viewing area, to get a view of the old power plant and the “waterfall” over Represa Two. This dam is much taller (about 125 feet) than Represa One, and about 400 feet wide.

There is a small bar on the side of the road that has good Coco Frios (among other things), and a great view of the dam. This is where the town of Comerío made a scenic overlook.

Continuing just a little farther south on Route 167 to KM 3.2, you’ll see a sign for Represa Two. There is a parking lot just a little bit south of the dam itself or find a spot on the side of the road.

The town made a nice paved walkway that leads down to the edge of the dam. When we went in 2020, this walkway was “closed” to the public, but you can sneak through the fence and use it, but it can be VERY slippery in spots). This “waterfall” is pretty impressive up close!

Comerio Represas

There is an area that goes “under” the dam here that leads into the dark to a doorway … it was open so we took a look around inside a little. There were a lot of bats living here! There is also a tunnel that leads under the dam itself (goes to the other side), but that gate was locked.

We enjoyed our time at these dams, got some good photos, and a little exercise.

Details

From the San Juan area, take Route 22 west to Route 5 south to Route 199 west to Route 167 south. We found parking on the side of the road.

The road is one lane each way, and curvy. Park off of the roadway, and be careful when crossing the road.

If you take the paths down to the dams, you could spend 15 or 30 minutes at each dam. Otherwise, these are just nice photo ops.

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