Executive Order EO-2021-075 (updated 15 Nov 2021)
📄 EO-2021-075 was issued on 15 Nov 2021, and is effective immediately
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🆔 The requirement to show proof of vaccination, or negative test results for lodging, restaurants, etc (as detailed below) will apply to kids aged 5 to 11 years beginning 15 January 2022.
🏟️ All attendees at large events must show proof of vaccination. If the event venue chooses to admit people who are not fully vaccinated (but show a negative test result instead), then the capacity of the venue will be limited to 50%. Kids aged 5 to 11 must provide negative test results (until 01 Feb 2022, at which point they will need to be vaccinated).
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 15 Nov 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🏨 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 documentation 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) Vacu-ID issued by the Government of Puerto Rico in the CESCO app on your mobile device, (c) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (d) 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

Take a Quick Walk to a Spring in Manatí

There are a number of natural springs around Puerto Rico, and a few are pretty close together near the Laguna Tortuguero Nature Reserve. These springs are important sources of fresh water for wildlife. For us humans, they are beautiful, small pools we can enjoy, but need to protect. The Manantial de Guayaney is one of these springs. We visited this little pool and loved the scenery. It looked like something from a dream.

The Manantial de Guayaney is located just off the Guayaney neighborhood, on the south side of the Tortuguero Lagoon, in Manatí. Located near the north coast of Puerto Rico, it is in karst country … beautiful limestone rocks that make interesting formations. This little spring comes out of the earth through this limestone.

Manantial de Guayaney

There are mountain bike trails all around the lagoon, and following these trails can lead you to some neat places. We started our walk from the end of the MTB trail, so you need to be careful of bikes coming at you on the trail. The walk is on a nice dirt path, lots of roots and rocks, so watch your footing. It is through a dry, forested area, so it is shaded. The walk is about 15 minutes. You will pass a little water pool on the right — keep going. Then, on the right you will see an area cleared which leads you down to the pool. You have to descend some rocks to get to the pool, but it is generally easy if you watch your footing.

The pool itself is small, but the water is crystal clear. Not big enough for more than a few people to get into it, and it is not as cold as I expected. There were no fish in this pool, just clear water. I loved the rocks, with the ferns growing on them. The water was so clear it had just the slightest blue tinge. It is beautiful, but small. It is not really somewhere to spend the day, but it is pretty to see.

The pool and trails were super clean — PLEASE keep them that way! These nature areas need to be conserved for the wildlife who depend on them.

Manantial de Guayaney

Details

We parked near the MTB trail “exit” on Calle Guauaney, because the walk to the spring is shorter from here. We recommend parking there. Be careful not to block driveways or the (narrow) street. Try to pull your car off the street as much as possible. I was surprised by the amount of traffic on this road. There was some asphalt areas back down the road from the entrance that might be best for parking.

Most of the MTB folks will enter the trail from the trailhead on Road 686, across from the bar. You could start your walk there, but is a much longer walk to the spring, and most of the trail is across a field in full sun.

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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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