Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
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📄 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
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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)
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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
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• 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.

Check Out El Patrón Waterfall

2/22- I just read they sold the property where the trail was and now there is a fence around it…so there is no access. Hoping someone finds a new way down, or the new owners open it up for visits.

I like waterfalls, so when I see photos of local waterfalls, I make every effort to find them. That is how we found Cascada Patrón. This waterfall looks really nice in pictures, and it is relatively easy to reach. Technically, it is in the town of Morovis, but it is on the boarder with Vega Baja, so it is a quick stop when doing other things in the area. Another plus is that it is not too far from San Juan.

El Patrón Falls

Our Visit

El Patrón Falls

We went on a Monday morning, and, as expected, we had the place to ourselves. I have seen photos with a number of people at the falls, so I know it can get busy (most likely on weekends and in the summer). There is a path that leads to the falls behind an abandoned house … so, yes, you need to cross private property to get to the falls … but it is not posted to keep out or anything.

The path is easy to follow, but be aware it can be muddy, it is a bit slippery in places, and it does get steep in a few areas. But it is only like a 10-minute walk from the road through the forest to the waterfall.

The waterfall itself is pretty nice — probably 40 or more feet tall.

It had rained the day before we went, so the water wasn’t 100% clear, but it still was pretty. If it rains, the falls get more full and prettier, but watch for flash floods. We could see where the high-water mark was from the recent rains! There is a small pool at the base of the falls, but it it looked pretty shallow. This waterfall was interesting because it flows over a different kind of rock, which was pretty fragile.

The main problem I have with this waterfall (and, really, this town in general) is there is a lot of trash and garbage dumped all over. So much of it ends up in the rivers and, of course, around these falls. It is a bit sad. But the falls themselves do look nice in photos, you just have to overlook all the trash. 🙁

El Patrón Falls

Details

Remember to take water, maybe insect repellent, and to wear sturdy shoes.

The walk from the road to the waterfall takes about 10 minutes.

The easiest way to get to El Patrón Falls is to take Route 22 to Road 137 (that’s exit 42). On Road 137, look for a Walgreens. Just after the Walgreens, at KM 17.4, turn right onto Road 6617 and continue until KM 1.8. Coming from this direction, you will see an abandoned house on right as you come around the corner … then look on left and you can see the abandoned house with the trail sort of hidden in the tall grass. Park on left side here and the trail to the waterfall is on either side of the abandoned house.

It is about a 1-hour drive from San Juan

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