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.
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
β›΅ 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)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ 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)
πŸ“„ 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)
β€’ 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)
β€’ 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.

Mar Chiquita – A Beautiful Beach in Manati

The north shore of Puerto Rico has miles of beautiful shoreline and it is one of my favorite spots for great views on the island. The Atlantic Ocean is always pounding against the rocky outcroppings along the shore carving it into interesting shapes. But that is not to say you can’t find a calm beach on the north shore.

Mar Chiquita (or Little Sea) is just that — a small cove of a beach protected from the rough Atlantic by a rocky wall. This picture-perfect beach, located in the town of Manatí, is not always good for swimming, but it is always beautiful.

Mar Chiquita

About Mar Chiquita

This beach usually makes the list of the top beaches in Puerto Rico for a reason — it is stunning! It is an oval-shaped, golden-sand cove, protected from the open ocean by large natural limestone walls. The ocean water comes in through a small opening in the rocks. There is some flat limestone at the shoreline, so that could be slippery, and it gets deep quickly as you walk in. At either side, closest to the rocks (far right and far left), the bottom was more sandy. If you go into the water, I would suggest wearing water shoes.

The beach sand was pretty clean (it looks like someone rakes it). I have heard there is snorkeling here, I assume by the rocks to the right (east). We have heard on calm days at low tide, manatees sometimes come in the area.

From the beach, if you look to the far right you will see an old concrete wall with holes in it. There is another cove with a beach there. It also is semiprotected by some large rocks.

While it is possible to walk on all the rocks, be aware, the limestone rocks were a bit slippery in spots and they are SHARP. Shoes are necessary — flip flops are not sturdy enough. If you slipped and fell, it would hurt a lot! Another thing to watch out for is giant waves that have been known to come over the top of the rocks (especially in winter months). Stay alert!

In the southwestern part of the parking area there is a cavern area that has been made into a Virgin del Carmen grotto. The cavern has some stalagmite and stalactite formations that are nice. There are a number of stray dogs here, so watch your step!

Mar Chiquita in Manati

One word of warning — People need to be cautious in the water. One must watch surf and tide conditions. Due to the shape of the cove and the narrow area between the rocks where water comes in and goes out, there can be serious undertows. It is possible to get sucked out into the open ocean when the water flows back out of the cove. Usually, it is calmer in the summer months. But there is no lifeguard on duty here, so swim at your own risk.

Mar Chiquita

Our Visit

We went on a day when Hurricane Tomas was in the area. It was mid-week, so there were only a few other visitors that day and the kiosks were closed. The seas were really rough, it was a grey day, and it was low tide — so it was not the prettiest of times to visit. Even in Mar Chiquita there were waves, so we did not go into the water. But even with all that, it was still great. ps- lots of sea glass here too!

Mar Chiquita in Manati

We went on a walk on the rocks, found the geocache that is hidden there, and took about a thousand pictures. Then we had our picnic lunch on a log, under a palm tree looking at the water. It was one of those days that reminds us why we enjoy living here!

I have also heard that there is Cueva de las Golondrinas nearby, Update 8/14- Orlando found it for us- it is a another beach in Manati called La Poza de las Mujeres. We will have to go exploring again!

Details

The beach is free and so is parking (on a packed-sand parking lot).

There is no lifeguard on duty at this beach, so swim at your own risk and pay close attention to the ocean conditions, currents and undertow.

There are no restrooms nor showers at this beach. The only "facilities" are food kiosks that are open on the weekends. (Note- on a 6/15 visit, there were some Port-a Potties in the parking area.)

This beach is popular with locals and tourists alike, especially on weekends and in the summer. Be aware…this area does occasionally have car break ins. So don’t leave anything of value in your car and park close to food stands/other people.

Mar Chiquita is located in Manatí. Take Route 22 to exit 46 to Route 686 north. Then take Route 685 west to Route 648 north and follow to the end of the road.

It took about 45 minutes to drive to Mar Chiquita from the San Juan area.

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