Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
๐Ÿ˜ท Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces ๐Ÿ˜ท Outdoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance, or where there are 50 or more people
Busness Closure & Dry Law (updated 13 Jan 2022)
๐Ÿ›’ All businesses that serve the public must remain closed from midnight until 5am. Exceptions to closure include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, health facilities, hospitals, among others. Restaurants, clubs, bars, etc ARE closed midnight to 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
๐Ÿบ Dry Law (no sale nor public consumption of alcohol) is in effect from midnight until 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 13 Jan 2022)
๐Ÿ” ALL CUSTOMERS (2 years old and older) must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results - In order to be admitted to food establishments you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the restaurant, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per executive order EO-2021-081.
๐Ÿ‘ช The capacity of "any place that serves (and people consume) drinks or prepared food" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to restaurants, bars, theaters, food courts, etc. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Stores, Offices & similar places that serve the public indoors (updated 13 Jan 2022)
๐Ÿ›’ The capacity in all facilities that "serve the public indoors" will be limited to 75%. This applies to stores, malls, offices, etc. Effective 17 Jan 2022 through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2022-002.
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 13 Jan 2022)
๐Ÿจ In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party (5 years old and older) are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 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. Per executive order EO-2021-062 and EO-2021-075.
Tours & Excursions (updated 13 Jan 2022)
โ›ต 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 13 Jan 2022)
๐ŸŸ๏ธ All attendees at group activities of less than 250 people at facilities that encourage crowding, indoor or outdoor, must show proof of vaccination OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. This applies to everyone 5 years old and older. Kids under the age of 5 are not permitted to attend these events at all. Effective 22 December 2021, per EO-2021-080, and modified by EO-2022-002
๐Ÿ‘ช The capacity of "event or activity venues" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, theaters, etc. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 30 Dec 2021)
๐Ÿšข All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, and 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 20 Dec 2021)
โœˆ๏ธ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 27 Dec 2021, per EO-2021-081)
All DOMESTIC travelers (2 years old and older) arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show BOTH
  1. negative COVID test results from test administerd by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in PR AND
  2. 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.
  • If you do not have your test results upon arrival, you have 48 hours to produce those results, or you will be fined $300 per person.
  • If you are un-vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 7 days, even if you have negative test results.
โœˆ๏ธ 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.
๐Ÿ“„ ALL TRAVELERS arriving in Puerto Rico are required to submit a travel declaration upon arrival via the PR Government Travel Safe website. This is where you will upload your COVID vaccination card and/or negative COVID test results.

How To Make the Best "Que Rico" Rum Cake

Homemade Rum CakeWhen you think of the Caribbean islands, you think of turquoise blue water, white sand beaches, wonderful local cuisine, and, of course, all those great rum-based drinks. It’s no wonder that rum is the spirit of choice in the islands. Historically, most islands had basis in the sugar trade. And where there’s sugar, there’s bound to be rum. And that is especially true of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican rums are known the world over, whether it’s Bacardi, Captain Morgan, Palo Viejo, Boca Chica Rum, Ron Llave, Ron Castillo, Ron del Barrilito, Ron Rico, or the local favorite, Don Q. Of course, probably the most famous rum drinks are the Pina Colada, Mojito, Daiquiri, and Rum Punch. There’s also the local Puerto Rican favorite Coquito, which is served around the Holidays. In addition to drinks, rum plays into many Caribbean recipes – both main dishes and desserts. One of our all time favorite desserts is Rum Cake. There’s nothing quite like your first taste of Tortuga Rum Cake when you’re visiting the Cayman Islands. Once you taste it, you have to buy a couple boxes to take home for your friends (and for yourself!). But eventually, you eat it all … and then what are going to do? You’re going through Rum Cake withdrawal! That’s happened to us, and we started a quest to find the best Rum Cake recipe. It took a lot of tries, and many not-so-good rum cakes, which we had to eat (who’s going to throw out perfectly good rum?). But we finally settled on an excellent and (surprisingly) easy recipe, which we’re going to share with our readers. When we first started looking for a recipe, we figured that we’d have to make it from scratch. So we pulled out the flour, butter, eggs, baking soda, and baking powder and went to work. But nothing we could find gave us the spongy, fluffy and moist Rum Cake we wanted. Then we found it. Simple, really. Standard yellow cake mix. Instant vanilla pudding. And, with a couple of time-tested tweaks, we’ve found what we consider the be the perfect recipe for homemade Rum Cake.

*For best results, make it a day or two ahead of time and then store it in an air-tight container- that way the rum glaze really soaks all the way through the cake.

Here it is …

Warning – This Rum Cake is highly addictive!

Ingredients for Cake …

  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix (if you can find it without pudding in it – get it)
  • 1 (4-serving size) package instant vanilla pudding
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup gold rum
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup very chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Ingredients for Glaze …

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup gold rum or a little more if desired!

Mix and Bake the Cake …

  • Mix cake mix, pudding, oil, water and rum
  • Add eggs
  • Use mixer to blend
  • Grease bundt pan and line with nuts
  • Pour batter into pan, covering nuts
  • Bake at 325°F. for 50-60 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean)
  • After cake has cooled for a few minutes, turn it out of the pan.

Once you take the cake out of the oven, make the glaze …

  • Melt butter in saucepan
  • Stir in water and sugar
  • Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly
  • Remove from heat – let it sit for a few minutes to cool
  • Stir in rum, slowly- if it bubbles, let the mixture cool before adding more rum
  • While to cake is still warm, pour most of the glaze into the bundt pan. (Note: the cake soaks up best if it is still warm)
  • Put the cake back into the bundt pan to absorb the glaze
  • Pour the remaining glaze onto the bottom of the cake (in the pan)
  • Let it soak in the glaze
  • Once all of the glaze has been absorbed by the cake, turn the cake out of the pan onto your serving platter and let it cool completely

Enjoy a slice plain, or (our favorite) heat a slice in the microwave for 15 seconds and then top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Que Rico! Disfrute!

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