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.

Laguna Guaniquilla Reflections

Laguna Guaniquilla

When I first saw a photo of Laguna Guaniquilla in a Que Pasa Magazine, I knew that I had to find it myself. Huge, jagged rocks that look like they came from the moon in the middle of a lagoon … you don’t see that every day! It was so unusual looking — hauntingly beautiful and roughed. A photographer’s and hiker’s dream, but with just one catch …

Laguna Guaniquilla is located in Cabo Rojo, on the south western point of Puerto Rico. A local, that lives in Cabo Rojo, gave us the info on how to go in to see this … “if you are into adventure”. Well, we are. So we did!

I was expecting a rough trail, but it was amazingly easy. Beautiful, cleared paths; even a boardwalk in one spot. Ruins from 19th century hacienda. Supposedly, even caves (though we didn’t find them).

Laguna Guaniquilla

And the catch? Well, it turns out this whole area is a nature reserve — “Punta Guaniquilla Nature Reserve” — maintained by the Fideicomiso de Conservación de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Conservation Trust).

You need permission from the Fideicomiso to visit this site. You can call or write to them and ask. I assume they don’t want people trashing the place or bothering the wildlife, but it did look like they must do tours (evidenced by all the well-maintained trails).

But we did not know this at the time, so we just did the local thing … and went! Update 2021- now, they seem more open to people hiking in. The trails are wider and maintained and they have put up signs of the route to the lake and the caves and the ruins etc! Enjoy but keep it clean!

Our Morning of Adventure

We visited Laguna Guaniquilla the same day we that we went to Playa Buyé. At the tee at the end of Calle Buyé, we turned left (turning right leads to the beach), and followed the dirt road until we got to a locked gate. Walking along the shoreline, we found a number of paths in, so we took one, got back onto the “road”, and continued along the road.

We went during rainy season, so it was a bit muddy. Luckily, we remembered to bring insect repellent, otherwise we would have donated a lot of blood to the mosquitoes!

Laguna Guaniquilla

It is a nice walk, maybe about 20 minutes until we got to the ruins of the 19th century sugar hacienda. The ruins are beautiful, and the view behind them is amazing. From this vantage point up on the hill, we could see the limestone rocks in the lagoon below.

After taking about 100 photos here, we continued down the road to the field, took a left at the end of the road, and crossed the field. After walking across the field to the forest, we chose the path into the woods on the left. There is also a path to the right … as it turns out, it is a big circle.

Now, we had no idea where the paths lead (they are not marked at all), but our Google Maps on our iPhone worked well, and we made sure we kept the (distant) lagoon to our right. As it turns out, we went all the way around the lagoon.

There are a few paths that merged into the path we were on, so we chose the path to the right any time we had a choice. Again, having a maps app / GPS was extremely helpful.

Laguna Guaniquilla

The path was really muddy, but mostly flat and easy walking, until we got to the limestone rocks. I thought they looked like giant dinosaur bones — stark white with jagged edges. The path leads through the rocky area, but there were times where the path was just across the rocks, so it was a bit more difficult. Note — sturdy shoes are required, no flip-flops nor water shoes.

After a while, we got to a “cave area” that was also neat, with huge rocks leaning against each other — as if some giant had knocked over a bunch of dominoes.

Finally, we got to a place where the path led through an opening and to the edge of the water. This was a great spot to see the lagoon and the rocks. The day was ideal for photos … the water was perfectly flat, and the sun wasn’t too high in the sky yet. The only disturbances on the surface of the water were the water fowl that call this beautiful place “home”.

Laguna Guaniquilla

After about another 100 photos, we got back to the main path, and continued in the same direction. The path lead away from the lagoon, through the mangroves, and along the beach. It was all just beautiful.

There were salt marshes, and loads of crabs scurrying about.

We came to another V in the road, where we took it to the right. The left branch seemed to continue along the beach. Eventually, we emerged from the forest into the field where we started our loop.

Laguna Guaniquilla

We walked back across the field toward the ruins, where we stopped to take a bunch more photos.

At the ruins (to the left if you are facing the lagoon), there is a trail that leads down to the main path we were on. If you were to take this path, you would turn to the left when it joins the main path.

Detail

Laguna Guaniquilla is on private property. You should get permission from the Fideicomiso de Conservación de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Conservation Trust) before entering this area. The Fideicomiso sometimes offers tours of Laguana Guaniquilla – check the schedule on their web site.

Laguna Guaniquilla

Make sure to protect the environment. Take only photos. Leave only footprints. Stay on the trails. Bring plenty of drinking water, and insect repellent. Sturdy-soled shoes are required, no flip-flops.

It took us about 2 hours from start to finish.

To get to Buyé Beach, once in Cabo Rojo, take Road 307 to KM 4.8. That’s where you’ll find Calle Buyé. Park along the street or in one of the lots. Walk to the left at the T at the end of Calle Buyé.

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