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.

La Guancha: A Fun Weekend Spot for the Whole Family

Update- 5/22- The wooden waterfront boardwalk was damaged from the earthquakes, so that area is closed. However, they have set up a new La Guancha” area in the parking lot, with food trucks, stores and other things to do. There is talk of rebuilding…but it will take a while 🙁 )

If you are in the Ponce area on a weekend, and you want to go somewhere to hang out like a local, head to Paseo Tablado La Guancha (or simply “La Guancha”). This area is a family-friendly place to enjoy local food, music, and the company of other people. There are also some other fun diversions like a beach, a playground for the kids, Rides for the kids, tarpon feeding, live music and other fun. It is a fun place to spend a weekend afternoon or evening.

La Guancha Boardwalk

Eat, Sit, Walk, Dance, or Feed the Fish

La Guancha is a family-friendly place where people of all ages come to play, eat, enjoy the day, and the meet their friends. It is at the marina in Ponce, and is a nice place to sit and enjoy the warm sea breezes while watching the sunset.

The biggest draw is probably the food kiosks, serving local fare and drinks (alcoholic and otherwise). While some of the kiosks are open during the week, the place comes alive on weekend afternoons and on into the night. You can enjoy your food at a bar, on a bench outside, as you walk along , or while standing near the water. There is also a place or two with seating. Many of the kiosks will have music, but sometimes there is live music.

It is a lively, fun atmosphere. You can pass the time people-watching and maybe break out into dance if the mood strikes you.

La Guancha Boardwalk

The food and drinks are not the only fun. You can just walk the area, getting your exercise while enjoying the view. One of the most fun parts of La Guancha was feeding the tarpon, and taking photos with the pelicans perched on the railing.

The tarpon will gather along the eastern end of the boardwalk anytime people stop at the railing. It’s no surprise that they are looking for food. They will eat almost anything (french fries, bread), but, if you want to, you can head to the Fisherman’s Club at the end of the boardwalk where you can buy small fish to feed the tarpon. The pelicans also take advantage of the people and will sit on the railing, waiting for some scraps. We got some great photos!

There is an observation tower where you “may” be able to climb the steps to get great views of the boardwalk and bay area below. It has the Puerto Rican Flag (Painted by Hector PR) on it, so it is a nice photo op. On weekends there are lots of artisans and other vendors.

La Guancha Boardwalk

Go to the Playground, or Walk on the Beach

Facebook page with info

In the eastern corner of the parking lot, there is a playground for the kids with lots of fun equipment to swing, slide, and climb on. Farther to the east (between the road and the beach) there is some nice exercise equipment for the whole family to use if you want to burn off a few calories!

Last but not least, the Ponce Beach is right there, too. I can’t say it is a really nice beach, but it is a nice place to cool off under the few trees with your feet in the water. While I didn’t like the dark sand, I will admit it has some great scenery, with views to Isla Caja de Muertos. We got some nice photos while we walking along the beach looking for shells and sea glass!

La Guancha Boardwalk

Details

Restrooms are available along the area, but cleanliness is questionable, and bring your own TP.

To get there, take exit 104A from Route 52, then follow Route 12 south. You’ll have to drive through an industrial/port area … just follow the road to the parking area, where there is plenty of free parking.

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