Hurricane Sam (updated 24 Sep 2021 @ 8am)
📍 Hurricane Sam is expected to strengthen to a "major" hurricane (Category 3) on Friday night or Saturday. The current forecast projection has the storm passing to the northeast of Puerto Rico. We will be keeping an eye on this system over coming days to monitor its development.
🌊 Expect storm surge from the hurricane to affect our beaches, especially on the north and east sides of the island, during the first half of the coming week.
🌦️ Keep an eye on our weather page for updates from the National Hurricane Center
Temporary Mandates from 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 (updated 20 Sep 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and in outdoor spaces where 50 or more people are gathered.
🛒 Restaurants, bars, and stores must remain closed from 12 midnight to 5am. This limitation does not apply to supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, food take out and delivery, or healthcare.
🍺 Alcohol cannot be sold anywhere, nor consumed in public, from 12 midnight to 5am.
🚩 Effective 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 per executive order EO-2021-065. Note that this executive order was extended until 14 Oct on 20 Sep.
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 30 Aug 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces.
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party are required to show 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. 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. Effective 16 Aug 2021 per executive order EO-2021-062.
🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show 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. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documention to access their facility.This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021 per executive order EO-2021-063.
✈️ All domestic travelers arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show 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. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older.If you are un-vaccinated and do not have negative results when you arrive to PR, you have 48 hours to produce those results. Otherwise you will be fined $300 per person. See the PR Government Travel Safe site for details, and to submit your contact tracing information

Learn Sustainability at Earthship PR

After Hurricane Maria in 2017, Earthship Biotecture Planet Earth wanted to help out in Puerto Rico. The project was spearheaded by local couple Lauralina Melendez and Mario Atunez, along with Michael Reynolds and Phil Basehart from Earthship Biotecture. They wanted to construct an example of off-grid buildings in Puerto Rico, and along the way teach others how to build their own. These buildings, made from a lot a recycled material, would be perfect for Puerto Rico, as they can provide a hurricane-resistant home and can be self-sufficient.

Earthship PR

They contacted a local family, Noemi and Carlos Chaparro, who have a non-profit organization Tainasoy Apiario and decided to build the project on the Chaparro’s land in Aguada. Beginning in early 2018, the Earthship people (with volunteers from all over) came to Aguada and created the buildings you can see today, formally called Earthship PR at Tainasoy Apiario. At the time of this writing, the project is almost complete and is in its final phase – where they are working out any remaining “bugs” and making improvements.

Earthship PR

An Earthship is “a state-of-the-art self-sustainable off-grid building”. It incorporates building with natural and recycled materials, smart design for cooling/heating, utilization of wind/solar energy, rainwater harvesting, waste water treatment, and on-site food production. As it stands, Earthship PR has five domed buildings that will serve as the community learning center focused on the education of sustainable practices. There are also two working bathrooms, and an inner courtyard where they have a small garden to grow food crops.

Earthship PR

Tainasoy Apiaro offers tours of Earthship PR every weekend to explain the design and concept. Our guide was very excited about the concept of being self sustainable, and the tour was enjoyable. She showed us the variety of trees and food-producing plants in the courtyard. Then she explained what an Earthship is, and showed us each of the design elements they used in the actual domed buildings.

Earthship PR

The roof is designed to collect rain water (which they store it for use in the bathrooms), they have solar panels and batteries to provide electricity, and each domed building has a vented top and floor-level air vents to help with cooling. They use bottles for beautiful design elements and to provide natural light inside the buildings. When we went for our tour, our guide was using one of the buildings as her bedroom, and she loved it!

Earthship PR

Our guide explained the process of making the buildings. The foundation and walls of the domed building are constructed from used automobile tires, packed with dirt, and reinforced with metal bars. Glass and plastic bottles are stacked in concrete in some of the walls to allow natural light into the buildings. The construction phase of the Earthship is almost complete, so it is all prettily stuccoed on the outside, except for one back wall, where we could see how the walls were constructed. I found that very interesting to see. It would have been cool to see an “in-process” building, but photos are available on their website from start to finish.

Earthship PR

We were a little confused where the tours started – but we finally saw a little sign at the first driveway on the left. It looked like there was a lot of “garbage” there – but much of it is material that people drop off for them to recycle and use in more construction projects!.

Earthship PR

Details

Tours are free, but there is a “recommended donation” of $5 per person.

Tours are available, without reservation, from 9am to 3:30pm on weekends.

Allow about 1 hour for the tour. Our guide would have stayed with us for hours talking and explaining the concepts. So come prepared with questions!

You can visit their Facebook page for more information.

They are located just a couple minutes from Route 2 in Aguada. When you drive there, make sure you access their place from Route 2, otherwise you will spend hours driving around on little back roads. There is no designated parking, so be careful to park off the road.

We are in the process of updating the maps we use on our web site. While we're working on that, you can click on the GPS coordinates below to view the location on Google Maps ...

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