Executive Order EO-2021-075 (updated 15 Nov 2021)
📄 EO-2021-075 was issued on 15 Nov 2021, and is effective immediately
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🆔 The requirement to show proof of vaccination, or negative test results for lodging, restaurants, etc (as detailed below) will apply to kids aged 5 to 11 years beginning 15 January 2022.
🏟️ All attendees at large events must show proof of vaccination. If the event venue chooses to admit people who are not fully vaccinated (but show a negative test result instead), then the capacity of the venue will be limited to 50%. Kids aged 5 to 11 must provide negative test results (until 01 Feb 2022, at which point they will need to be vaccinated).
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 15 Nov 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party are required to show 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. 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. Effective 16 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-062.
🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show 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. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documentation to access their facility. This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-063.
✈️ All domestic travelers arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) Vacu-ID issued by the Government of Puerto Rico in the CESCO app on your mobile device, (c) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (d) 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 un-vaccinated and do not have negative results when you arrive to PR, you have 48 hours to produce those results. Otherwise you will be fined $300 per person. See the PR Government Travel Safe site for details, and to submit your contact tracing information

Jardín de la Princesa Park in Old San Juan

If you have ever walked along Paseo La Princesa, you have probably noticed an area along the ancient city wall that has statues, fountains, and other park-like features. This little park has been behind locked gates for as long as we can remember.

Jardin de la Princesa

Now, as of October 2014, the park — called the Jardín de la Princesa — has been refurbished, the gardens have been replanted, a small playground has been constructed, and the locked gates have been opened to the public, for all to enjoy!

Ever since we first started exploring Old San Juan, we always peeked through the locked gates into the green park-like area on the north side at the eastern end of Paseo de la Princesa. We could see a number of statues, non-functioning fountains, neglected plants, but could never get close enough to see any detail due to the locked gates.

On a visit in November 2014, we happened to notice that the gates were open! A guard was there, and he motioned for us to come in and explore. I was so happy so see they have refurbished this area and constructed new areas for the whole family to enjoy.

When you first go through the gate, you enter an area known as the Plaza of the Heritage of the Americas. This area is surrounded by five bronze statues sculpted by Jose Buscaglia, which represent the source of the heritage of the Americas (Fuente de la Herencia de las Americas).

Jardin de la Princesa

There is a plaque that explains (in Spanish) what each of the sculptures represents. In summary, the four statutes to the side represent Heritage of Faith, Intellectual Heritage, Heritage of Blood, and Hispanic Heritage. The sculpture of the five maidens on the pedestal represents the universal values of mankind.

There is a small amphitheater to the right, with concrete seating, for possible futures shows. On the east end of the park you can take a seat on one of the benches, or share one with the statue of Felisa Rincón de Gautier, and enjoy the fountain and gardens.

Jardin de la Princesa

On the west end of the park, there is a bunch of colorful playground equipment on a soft rubbery ground covering. The playground is mostly in the sun, so I imagine that the equipment can get hot to the touch throughout the day.

The Jardín de la Princesa is open daily from 9am to 6pm.

 

We are in the process of updating the maps we use on our web site. While we're working on that, you can click on the GPS coordinates below to view the location on Google Maps ...

PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

Ads & Sponsors

Other Puerto Rico Resources …

Coqui's Hideaway Rainforest Villa in Rio Grande Located in the Foothills of El Yunque