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.

Chocolate Grows on Trees at Hacienda Chocolat Cacao Farm

I don’t know about you, but I love all things chocolate, so a visit to this cacao farm was a must! Hacienda Chocolat is a private farm that is focused on making Puerto Rico a leader in quality cacao production. Located in Fajardo, on the eastern side of the El Yunque, the farm gets ideal conditions to grow cacao (and some other crops, too!). Owner Yadira Vázquez is joining the agro-tourism movement, with walking tours of the farm and glamping sites (coming soon!), so that more people can learn about growing food and enjoy being part of nature.

Hacienda Chocolat

The farm, which is forested, has many different varieties of trees (fruiting and otherwise). They also have planted about 3000 cacao trees. Unlike the large cacao producers in Africa, Hacienda Chocolat grows about 10 different varieties of cacao, and the beans all get processed together. This gives them a diverse genetic profile, enabling them to have a better quality end product with diverse flavor profiles. They call it “cacao fina y aroma” (fine aroma ccacao.

Hacienda Chocolat

The tour starts at their eco-friendly visitor center. Then you walk (maybe ½ mile) through the cacao trees learning all about cacao production. This part is at a slow pace, talking and walking for about 1 hour with frequent stops. You learn how the trees grow, what they need, how to prune/harvest, and get the seeds ready for market. It is really pretty and interesting. They call this tour from bush to bean. It is amazing to see the different colors of cacao pods, and see the work that goes into growing and caring for these trees. They answer any and all questions about the farm/trees/process.

Hacienda Chocolat

Then you circle back to the visitors center where they explain the next steps — fermenting, drying, and processing the beans into chocolate. Actually seeing this last part (bean to bar) will be a future tour. Their goal is to produce the best dark chocolate bar, made 100% in Puerto Rico. This is a goal soon to be made a reality, but until they are ready, they sell most of their cacao crop to local chocolate producers.

Hacienda Chocolat

During this last part of the tour they offer fresh fruit snacks, and samples of all things chocolate — from the seed with pulp, dried cacao nibs, hot chocolate, quality dark chocolate bar, cacao fruit jam, and more! The views from the property are wonderful. And we went home with some other produce grown on the farm! What is not to like?

Hacienda Chocolat

Details

The cost of the Bush to Bean Cacao Farm walking tour is $34 per person (15 years old and up). There is a different tour for younger kids, for $28 per person.

Days and times of tours vary. Check their Facebook page or web site for exact dates and times. Because of the limited number of spaces per tour, reservations are required.

You will be walking about a ½ mile on farm roads / packed dirt, so wear appropriate (closed toe) shoes. The road could be muddy, and it may even rain on you.

You will be required to sign a release form prior to starting the tour.

Allow about 2.5 hours for the tour, start to finish.

You can check their Facebook page or web site for more information.

Tours are available in Spanish or English.

The Hacienda Chocolat farm is located in Fajardo. They will send you a “pin” for the parking area prior to your tour (we are purposely not including their location). Parking is at the bottom of their (steep) driveway. They have a cart to shuttle you from the parking area. The sign at the parking area says “Hotelito”.

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