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.

Beaches & Views in Isabela

Isabela Beaches

Isabela, the western-most town on the north coast, offers visitors great views and beaches. If you are like me, you will be in heaven watching the beauty of the ocean crashing onto the shore or over rocks. Though best-known for its beaches and surfing, Isabela also has a forest reserve, caves, lakes, rivers and historical sites all waiting to be explored.

We spent some time exploring Isabela, and the surrounding area, in October. One of our first photo spots was at the corner of Route 2 and Route 113 — there’s a sculpture of an Indian’s face carved into a rock wall. You can’t miss it — it has to be at least 15-feet tall!

Isabela

Villa Pesquera & Playa Punta Sardinera

Following Route 113, we tried to find a few lesser-known beaches that are on our list to check out, but were unable to locate them. So we instead headed to beaches that we already knew about. We eventually found, and turned onto Route 466, then quickly turned off (on the street before the big condo complex) and went down to Villa Pesquera and Playa Punta Sardinera.

Villa Pesquera is a bunch of nice-looking kiosks, where you can get some good, reasonably-priced local food, drinks and just enjoy the area. Even on a Monday afternoon there were a number of people there — I bet is is VERY popular on weekends!

Playa Punta Sardinera

Right across from the kiosks is a small beach that looked suitable for swimming, as it was protected from most of the rough waves. Unfortunately, there was a lot of trash along the road and beach by these kiosks. But the beach itself looked clean.

There are also other beaches as you go along this coastal road. Playa Punta Sardinera is right behind the condos.

Pozo Teodoro

Pozo Teodoro

Heading back onto Route 466, we found a small sign that said Pozo Teodoro. We followed the sign across the dunes and found a cute swimming hole. This pozo is totally protected from the pounding ocean waves. It was shallow — maybe 2 feet deep — and the sea water in it was warm. This looks like a great spot for kids to play and swim. The sand was soft and clean, and the view from the beach was great. It is a pretty little spot.

We got to the spot that I assume was Jobos Beach and I wanted to see the Pozo Jacinto and the blow hole, but we couldn’t figure out where to park! Maybe next time.

Montones & the Blue Hole

We did find the blue hole near Villa Montones. It is known as a good snorkeling spot, but the day we were there it was too rough to go into the water. As you walk away from Villa Montones and the little houses of Parador Mar Hau, you will come to a mountain (a large rock formation) in the water.

Montones / Blue Hole

Facing the mountain, the blue hole was to the left. I would enter the water from the mountain area, but you would need to monitor surf conditions before going into the water. There was a nice protected swimming area on the beach to the right and right near the mountain.

You can access this beach by turning off of Route 466 at KM 9, and head down the road next to Villa Montones Beach Resort. Park along the road.

Shacks Beach & Underwater Caves

We did find Shacks Beach (with a little trouble), but again, parking is an issue. As you go along Route 4466, it eventually turns away from the water. There is a small side street to the right — this leads down to a small path and steps that you take down to Shacks Beach. There is a reef a distance from shore that kind of protects the beach, so it is possible that this is a swimming beach, conditions permitting (which they were not the day we were there).

There is a small, open lot at the corner of Route 4466 and the side street where you can supposedly park. If you park elsewhere, you may be towed away. I have heard the area is not immune to break-ins, so leave the car unlocked and nothing of value inside.

Isabela Beaches

The underwater caves are also located at Shacks Beach. We went SCUBA diving (with an experienced dive master) into these caves, which was an interesting experience. It is actually a series of underwater caves, tunnels, swim-throughs, caverns and passageways. It would be easy to get turned around and lost. Do not try diving here alone.

Heading Away from the Beach

Inland, you will find the Bosque Guajataca — a small forest with 25 miles of hiking and walking trails. We hiked to the Cueva del Viento and along the Interpretative Trail. We’ve been to this forest a couple of times. It’s a nice place to walk around, get some exercise and enjoy nature.

We still have a long list of things to explore in this area, including some more beaches, Rio Guajataca, the blow holes, the church ruins of San Antonio de La Tuna, Golindrinas Caves on the beach, Tropical Trail Rides horseback riding, and to snorkel at the blue hole.

Random Notes

Isabela Beaches

We did have trouble finding the names of beaches. Route 466 is just miles of coastline, with beach after beach. But there are no signs to help you figure out which beach was which!

Many of these beaches are too rough and dangerous for safe swimming. You must monitor the water before going in.

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