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.

Wet and Wild Fun at Las Cascadas Waterpark

5/25/21 The park is currently closed, but they are working to reopen it soon! I will post when I see it is opening.

Las Cascadas Water Park in Aguadilla

There are few thing more fun on a hot day then spending some time splashing around in a waterpark. We have visited a number of waterparks in the States, but had never been to any in Puerto Rico. Recently, we enjoyed a day at Las Cascadas Waterpark in Aguadilla.

Las Cascadas is not a huge park, but it has a little bit of something for all the members of your family to enjoy — pools, slides, lazy rivers, and a kiddie area. As it turned out, we planned the timing of our visit perfectly and we had a great time.

Las Cascadas Waterpark (or Parque Acuatico Las Cascadas in Spanish), is located in the town of Aguadilla, on the west coast of Puerto Rico. This park, along with a few other fun things in the town, are managed by the Municipality of Aguadilla.

I believe that this park’s claim to fame is that it is the largest waterpark in the Caribbean. I don’t know if that is still true, considering all the mega-resorts being built. However, it definately is the largest one in Puerto Rico.

Taking the Plunge

Though I always have fun at waterparks, I do have a germ phobia of them — you know, What water-borne diseases are in that water?, Will I end up with athletes foot … or worse? So unless I have a real reason to go, I generally don’t.

Las Cascadas Water Park in Aguadilla

So, you may ask, what motivated me to push my phobias aside and take the plunge into germ-soup?

My sister-in-law was reading the Philadelphia Inquirer travel section one Sunday, and she said "Hey look at this … Las Cascadas Water Park in Puerto Rico is on this list of the Top 10 Waterparks in the World!". I almost fell off of my chair when I heard that!

We have driven past that park many times and were never impressed by its size or the slides that you can see from the road. So I figured I must have been missing something amazing. So off we went to check it out.

Our Visit

I can’t say this park should be on any Top 10 list, but we did have fun. The park is not huge, but I guess when the ocean is always close by, waterparks don’t have to be that big!

Of course, we timed our visit perfectly (mid-week in August, after the kids were back in school). So we lucked out with having only maybe 50 people in the whole park (including the workers). We didn’t have to wait on any lines, so we got to try everything and re-do the things we really liked. I know most of you will not be so lucky when you go, so expect lines and lots of people (everyone loves waterparks when it is hot!).

When we went (August 2011), there were 4 tube slides where you ride on a mat through the twisty-turny route. Face-first is really fast; sitting up makes it a bit slower. We did these a few times.

There were 2 "speed slides" — the ones where you lay down on your back and slide feet-first really, fast and end up with an atomic wedgie. Fun, but once was enough for me!

There was a lazy river were you slowly float around a large circle in a tube.

There was a crazy river (Rio Loco), which was a faster tube ride. This one was my favorite.

There was the wave pool, that had a small kiddie area (even with a few slides) for the little ones. And another " diversion" pool, that had some obstacle-course activities you could try.

Las Cascadas Water Park in Aguadilla

Since they assume that you will be there for a while, there are food and snack stands, some chairs and tables around the park, and of course music playing. They have lockers for rent for the day that were really convenient. And plenty of life guards and workers keeping the place running safely and efficiently.

Surprisingly, we really enjoyed our visit. But, with long lines it could lose some of the appeal. It is a good way to spend time if the ocean is too rough for swimming, or you want some waterslide fun.

There are minimum height restrictions on some of the rides. For example, kids under 48" can’t use the adult slides.

One gripe we have has to do with their schedule. When we were there, they had this huge sign that said "Open All Year Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm". We asked one of the office employees about that, and they said "That’s not true". The park is usually open just on weekends from mid-April to mid-May, and then again from mid-August to mid-September. The park is then supposed to be open every day when the local kids are out of school, so that means from mid-May to mid-August. In the end, the park employees could not give us an exact schedule for when they’d be open, so you never know. If you’re planning to make the trip to Las Cascadas, call first just to make sure they will be open. I can’t emphasize that enough!

Details

Las Cascadas Water Park in Aguadilla

The published prices for 2016 are $24.95 for adults, $22.95 children under 12. Kids under 3 and seniors over 75 are free. Seniors (55+), handicapped people, and Aguadilla residents all get a discounted admission. Prices do not include IVU (sales tax). Locker rentals are $5/day. Parking fee of $5. Info:Aguadilla’s Facebook page or the municipal’s webpage.

Call for operating hours on the day you want to go, just to make sure they’re going to be open. Usually 9am-5pm. Open during the summer daily, shoulder months open weekends only. Note- for 2017- open weekends starting April from 9am – 5pm, will be open everyday starting May 22 until mid August. After that, only open weekends again until Mid-September..

Kids in diapers are not allowed in the pools.

Wear water shoes — the steps up to some of the slides were slippery and hot.

Las Cascadas Water Park in Aguadilla

Allow yourself at least 4 hours at this park, and more time during busy times due to long lines.

You can call Las Cascadas at 787-819-1030 or 787-819-5555 for more information.

Driving directions from San Juan — Take Route 22 west until it ends on Route 2. Continue on Route 2 KM 126.5 in Aguadilla. Las Cascadas is on the left side of the highway.

Allow about 2 hours to from San Juan to Aguadilla.

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