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.

Check out the Natural Pools in Manatí

I have heard that the gate may be more securely closed now, so you just have to walk along the beach to access the pool now.

Some of the prettiest places in Puerto Rico require a little more effort to get to. The upside of that is that they are usually less crowded. The Natural Pools (or Piscinas Naturales) in Manatí are such a place. These little holes in the rocks are filled with seawater from the waves. They are a bit of a walk to reach, but the beauty of the area is worth it! Just watch the waves; this is not the place to go during rough seas.

Manatí Natural Pools

The town of Manatí, located on the north coast of Puerto Rico, is a beautiful area. The coastline is dotted with alternating beaches and massive limestone outcroppings. The wind, rain, and waves from millions of years have carved beautiful formations all along the north coast. Manatí has caves, cliffs and natural pools carved into these rocks. It is these natural pools that were our goal to explore.

Manatí Natural Pools

Our Visit

We have gotten to these pools via two different routes … once by land, and once along the sea. Each route is about the same walking distance, but the scenery along the way is very different.

  1. Along the Beach — You can easily get to the pools by walking from Playa Mujeres Beach. From that beach, orient yourself by looking at the water, walk to your right (eastward). You will see a large rock outcropping at the end of the beach. This is the rock you need to get to. It is about a 15-20 minute walk, through sand (and surf), usually into the wind. It is difficult, but cooling as you have a breeze and cool water to walk in.
  2. Through a Field — This route goes across private property. This way, you park on the road by the field gate and walk in. The sign says “no parking”, but not “do not enter”. So I can’t say for certain if it is allowed to use their path or not. But we did, and many other people do too. Just keep to clean. It is also about a 15 minute walk, along a dirt “road” through the field. The “road” will start to turn to the right, and you want to find the path that goes straight to the beach. You will see the rocks on your right. I thought this way was hot, but easier than walking in sand.

Regardless of which route you take, you will end up on the beach at the western end of the same rock outcropping. Once you have reached the rock outcropping make sure that you have on closed-toed shoes with hard soles. These rocks are very sharp!

To get up, you will see a tiny worn “path” up the edge of the rock that will get you to the top. It is a bit scary, so be careful. Once on the top, you need to continue walking to the east (right). You will see many pretty formations, holes that fill with rain/sea water with high waves. There is one area that was quarried that left some cool “stairs” in the rock. Keep going. It is about 10 minute walk to reach the real “natural pools” that we have pictured here … the ones right at the water’s edge.

Manatí Natural Pools

You need to scramble down the rocks on either side of the pools to get down to them. They consist of three pools — a larger one close to the water’s edge, and two smaller ones closer to the back wall. They range in depth up to maybe 5 feet deep in the largest/deepest part. But mainly you can stand in about 2-3 feet of water for photos.

It is lovely. The day we went, waves were low and only occasionally broke over the seawall, bringing in the occasional refill of water. This is OK. But when waves are large, be very careful … the force from the water draining from the pools could drag you across the sharp edges.

You will need to wear sneakers or water shoes in the pools. There are urchins all around the edges. But it is a beautiful spot, and the photos are great!

Manatí Natural Pools

Details

This area can be very dangerous any time the seas are rough. This is true of most of the north coast beaches The seas can be rough any time of the year, but especially in the winter.

The rocks leading to (and around) the natural pools are very sharp. Closed-toe shoes with sturdy soles are required.

Take Route 2 to Route 685 in Manatí. From Route 685, take Road 6684 (there is a pizza place on the corner) northward as far as you can. Park along the road, or in one of the lots.

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