Hurricane Sam (updated 24 Sep 2021 @ 8am)
📍 Hurricane Sam is expected to strengthen to a "major" hurricane (Category 3) on Friday night or Saturday. The current forecast projection has the storm passing to the northeast of Puerto Rico. We will be keeping an eye on this system over coming days to monitor its development.
🌊 Expect storm surge from the hurricane to affect our beaches, especially on the north and east sides of the island, during the first half of the coming week.
🌦️ Keep an eye on our weather page for updates from the National Hurricane Center
Temporary Mandates from 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 (updated 20 Sep 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and in outdoor spaces where 50 or more people are gathered.
🛒 Restaurants, bars, and stores must remain closed from 12 midnight to 5am. This limitation does not apply to supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, food take out and delivery, or healthcare.
🍺 Alcohol cannot be sold anywhere, nor consumed in public, from 12 midnight to 5am.
🚩 Effective 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 per executive order EO-2021-065. Note that this executive order was extended until 14 Oct on 20 Sep.
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 30 Aug 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces.
🏨 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 documention 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) 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 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

Los Tubos Mountain Bike Trail Park

I have found that using mountain bike trails (MTB) here in Puerto Rico can be a source of many wonderful adventures. We don’t have bikes, so we walk these trails. They are usually well-maintained, and sometimes they lead to some beautiful places. The Área Recreativa Los Tobos MTB in the Reserva Natural Laguna Tortuguero looked so inviting, we knew we had to check it out. The Hidden Beach (Playa Escondida) at the end of walking Trail 1 was well worth the visit.

Los Tubos MTB Trail Park

Located in Manati, on the north coast of Puerto Rico, the Área Recreativa Los Tubos was constructed a number of years ago by a group of volunteers, the DRNA, and the town of Manatí specifically for walkers and bikers of all ages. Those groups still help maintain the trails and paths within the park. There is a bike trail just for little kids to use, a few for walkers, and a number of them, of varied difficulties, for real mountain bikers. All in all, the park was designed to let people use this pretty area, but also to protect it — what a novel idea! The park is well-used, but it is super clean and well-maintained.

Los Tubos MTB Trail Park

We don’t bike, so we will describe the park from a walker’s perspective. But make no mistake — the MTB people love this area! You can check out this page for the MTB point of view.

Los Tubos MTB Trail Park

We walked Trail 1 (that’s the red trail that loops to the left on the map above), which was a nice, roughly 30-minute walk (about 1 mile one way). It is a dirt road path that leads to beautiful, hidden beaches. Though the trail is flat, rocks and roots poke up all along the trail, so watch your step. Trail 1 dead ends at the beautiful beach, so you will backtrack out the same way you came in. Much of the trail is in sun, while some of the trail is in shade. There are birds and lizards around, and a wide variety of wild flowers and plants. There are karst (limestone) rocks and some tiny “caves” which make it interesting. But I think the beach was the prettiest. The views, rocks, waves … so nice. It is NOT a swimming beach, as it is unprotected from northern swells and rip currents. So pretty to look at, but not safe for swimming.

Los Tubos MTB Trail Park

Details

There is no cost to use this park.

The park is open during daylight hours.

The beaches here are NOT safe for swimming. There are NO facilities (restrooms, etc) at this park.

The trails and beaches here are super clean. Please keep them that way by taking out everything that you bring in!

The parking area for this park is at KM 6.5 on Road 685 in Manatí.

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 →

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