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.

Visit The Historical Park Maria de la Cruz in Loiza

The park is open with limited hours, and they are offering tours of the cave. But due to COVID restrictions, they are not currently offering the bomba, bee-keeping or turban classes etc.

Loiza is a town just east of San Juan, on the northern coast of Puerto Rico, and it is one of the earliest-settled areas on the island. Evidence of pre-Columbian cultures was discovered in Maria de la Cruz cave (Cueva Maria de la Cruz), a cave close to the center of Loiza. Following the completion of the archaeological studies of the cave, the cave and surrounding land were turned into a community area for everyone to enjoy. It has become an Historical Park, where you learn a little about the area’s cultural history. It’s not a big park, but it is worth a quick stop if you happen to be in the area (say, on your way to or from Piñones). In 2018, they have made this area more of a destination- with guides and artisans, music and educational information about the history/culture. Now called Parque Histórico Cueva María de la Cruz.

Some History

Maria de la Cruz Cave Loiza

In 1948, archaeologist Dr. Ricardo Alegría found evidence of very early human inhabitants in the area of Maria de la Cruz cave. He undertook a huge archaeological dig, and discovered human artifacts dating back through a number of periods — from possibly as far back as 4000 BC on up to 100 AD. These findings are evidence of the first (most-likely nomadic) human inhabitants of Puerto Rico.

Río Grande de Loiza

Also in the area of the cave, archaeologists found artifacts from the Taino people — who were also a pre-Columbian culture, though a much later and more advanced people. The Tainos left behind pottery, tools, bones and shells of all types, and burial sites.

In later years (post-Columbian), the cave was used by both free and slave Africans for shelter. It is believed that the whole area near the river (Río Grande de Loiza) might be archaeologically significant, so preservation and further study is needed.

Our Visit

Maria de la Cruz Cave Loiza

This cave is more of a large open area than a deep cave system. The cave measures 50 meters wide, 25 meters deep, and 30 meters high. Because it is open, there is light inside and you can get some photos. There are a number of bee hives on the ceiling of the cave, so just be quiet when inside the cave and they shouldn’t bother you. They now give guided tours of the cave and surroundings.

The tour of this cave is interesting, and it is very historically significant. They have a few of the items found in the cave on display here, though many more of the archaeological findings are displayed in the museum of the University of Puerto Rico.

In addition to the cave visit, they have cultural experiences going on through out the day (something happening every hour). A Bee Keeping talk, a workshop on how to tie turbans in your hair, and a Bomba presentation about the different types of Bomba music and dance around the island. There are restrooms in the office building, some artisans, food stands and some playground equipment in front of the cave. There is also an Art Gallery of local artists in the area.

Details

Maria de la Cruz Cave Loiza

Tickets available at the office. A guided tour of the cave and talks/workshops is $6 per person (Free for Loiza residents). Art Gallery is $2 pp.

The Park is open Monday- Friday 9am – 2pm. . The workshops are available from 9am-12, 1-4pm.(Bee 9a and 1p, Turban 10a and 3p, and Bomba at 11am and 2pm). The guided tour of the caves are available on demand. Most are in Spanish, but interpreters are available.

This little park is used by the Loiza community. You can call for some more info (but it may only be in Spanish) 787-876-1040, extensiones 2600.

For more info, check out their Facebook page

This cave is located east of Piñones. The new entrance is off of RT 188 (you will see the sign). Or if you are on Road 187 in Loiza, turn onto Calle San Patricio (there is a Total gas station on the corner).

Click on a placename below to view the location on Google Maps ...

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