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.

Playa Pastillo and Cueva Golondrinas in Isabela

This cave is not always accessible. It is usually only accessible in the summer months (July/Aug/Sept and best at low tides), though not all the time. If you try to visit the cave and it is not accessible, at least you got a good workout walking on a beautiful beach!

If you are looking for a beautiful beach to enjoy long walks, Playa Pastillo is perfect. It is a really long, decently wide beach, with nice sand. And usually, it is empty. To the far west side, there is a large rock wall. The cave (Cueva las Golondrinas) is located at the base of this wall, but it is only occasionally accessible, depending on the tides and waves. It is a really great place for photos and private walks, but no swimming!

Cueva Golodndrinas in Isabela

The town of Isabela is a located on the north-west coast of Puerto Rico. We recommend visiting Isabela for its pretty beaches and neat rock formations. Playa Pastillo is one of the nicest beaches, but it is secluded, so there are no facilities there. It is on the north coast, so the waves can be rough, even in the summer. And due to the underwater rock formations, many riptides can develop. So it is a beach for walking or sunbathing, not for swimming. It is a long beach, and it is usually clean. We have seen some black sand at points on the beach, so that is neat.

Cueva Golodndrinas in Isabela

On the west end of the beach (maybe a 20-30 minute walk), you will get to the rock wall and the Cueva las Golondrinas. This cave (really a large opening in the rock wall), is a wonderful photo location if you can get to it. And its namesake birds (golondrinas) can be seen flying at the top of the opening. You can’t see it from the beach (there is a wall that blocks the view).

Cueva Golodndrinas in Isabela

The cave is only sometimes accessible. If you are lucky — when the tide is very low and waves are small — you’ll be able to get around the rock wall to the cave. We have tried to visit it 3 times, and we were only able to get to the cave once. It is more accessible in the summer months, but not always.

Do not try to get to the cave when the tide is high or there is rough surf. You will get hurt, or worse!

Cueva Golodndrinas in Isabela

When it is accessible, the beach and cave are more popular. If you are lucky, you will get there when you have enough sand that will let you walk around the first rock wall and then you can continue to the cave. You can’t miss it, it is right there. After the cave, there are some neat rock ledges, but I have never seen the next opening accessible.

The Royal Isabela Resort is located above this beach. There is a trail from the resort down to the beach. I hear that you can walk up the trail from the beach (to a point) and there is a nice view.

Cueva Golodndrinas in Isabela

Details

You can access the cave and its adjacent beach when the tide is low, and the surf is calm. That is usually in the summer, and almost never in the winter.

There are no facilities (and no lifeguards) at this beach. The ocean here is usually too rough for swimming.

Get yourself to Route 113 in Isabela. Then turn off of Route 113 at KM 5.1 onto Calle El Pastillo. Take that northward to the end at the beach. Park on the sides of the road, but this can be crowded and turning around can be tricky if people are parked on both sides. The cave is to the west (to the left when facing the ocean).

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