Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
😷 Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces 😷 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)
🛒 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.
🍺 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)
🍔 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.
👪 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)
🛒 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)
🏨 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)
⛵ 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)
🏟️ 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
👪 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)
🚢 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)
✈️ 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.
✈️ 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.
📄 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.

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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