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.

Beach, Beauty, Surfing, and Petroglyphs at Playa Los Tubos

The winter storms and rough seas usualy clean the sand off. It all depends on how the waves/storms move the sand- best chance to see them would be after a large storm/waves and at low tide in the winter months.

If you are looking for a long and pretty beach, Playa Los Tubos in Manatí might just fit the bill. It offers a lot … surfing, a boat ramp, diving spots, beach, beauty, and history. The water is crystal clear, and the sand is a nice creamy color — but it has strong currents, so it is not a swimming beach, just a “looking” beach! There is parking available roadside, and also in a parking lot. And occasionally, ancient petroglyphs get uncovered by the waves — proof that people have been enjoying this spot of hundreds of years. Go check it out!

Playa Los Tubos Petroglyphs

I think the north coast of Puerto Rico is lovely … it has many beautiful areas and beaches. Playa Los Tubos (farther westward it is sometimes called Playa Tortuguero because the Tortuguero Lagoon is on the other side of the road) is a nice long stretch of sand. It is right along the roadside of Route 868 in the town of Manatí.

Playa Los Tubos Petroglyphs

There is one area that has a parking lot, gazebos, some playground equipment and animal structures for the kids. Post-MARIA, I don’t think this area has been reopened … it was looking kind of run down. You may have to park elsewhere (along road or by boat ramp and walk in). There is a boat ramp (there is a dirt road providing access to the ramp, just west of the gated area). This is also were people will enter for beach SCUBA dives. I don’t know how good it is, but there is a reef all around there. Due to the dangerous currents, we recommend against snorkeling at this beach.

Playa Los Tubos Petroglyphs

Personally, I prefer the stretch of sand to the west of parking lot area. You will see all sorts of parking and pull-offs on the side of the road. We opt to park on the south side of the road (the sand is not as deep — we would hate to get stuck in the sand!). Then you just walk onto the beach, find a nice spot, and relax. Again, no swimming as the currents are dangerous.

Playa Los Tubos Petroglyphs

But the real appeal for me, and they is not always visible, are the petroglyphs. These were carved into the flat rocks on the shoreline by the people that inhabited the island before the arrival of Columbus. Most of the time, the petroglyphs are covered with sand, protecting and hiding them from view. They are sometimes uncovered for a period of time by a storm or rough seas, usually January through March.

Playa Los Tubos Petroglyphs

If you are lucky, catch the tide just right (at low tide), and the waves have washed the sand away you can see the petroglyphs at the shoreline for yourself. There are some really beautiful examples of “bundled babies”, animals, faces, and geometric shapes. To best see these, you need to go at low tide, so check the tide tables for Manatí, PR. We have provided the GPS coordinates for the petroglyphs below.

Playa Los Tubos Petroglyphs

Details

The petroglyphs can only be seen at low tide on occasion, usually winter months.

This beach usually has dangerous currents. We recommend against swimming and snorkeling at this beach.

Since the pretty beach is easily accessible, this whole area can get crowded on the weekends. Be careful if you park on the side of the road … there could be soft sand and your car might get stuck.

From the San Juan area, take Route 22 west to Road 137 north to Route 2 east to Road 687 north. Continue on Road 687 until you get to Road 686, where you’ll turn left and head west. Look for the beach on your right.

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