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.

Clean Campsites and a Nice View in Maricao State Forest

4/21- You can walk the trails, and supposedly, The Maricao Vacation rentals/maybe camping too will reopen soon. Currently under the NPS/DRNA administration. .

Parque Ecologico Monte del Estado

I am not a camper, but I know a number of people who are, so I am always looking for places where they can camp in Puerto Rico. I can’t say I have been too impressed with most of the campsites around the island, but Monte del Estado in Maricao gets my vote for probably the nicest, cleanest camping facility. Located up high in the forested mountains of Maricao, the air is always cool and clean.

There are a number of campsites around the island that the Puerto Rican government manages through the local Department of Natural Resources (Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales). I have seen a number of these that are in disrepair (in other words, you couldn’t pay me to camp there!).

But, on a visit through Maricao, we walked around the small camping facility at the Monte del Estado, and I was surprisingly impressed.

Parque Ecologico Monte del Estado

The camping area has 12 campsites. Each campsite is a flat, circular gravel area, with a charcoal BBQ pit, a hose bib, and a picnic table.

There are 2 bathroom areas that each have separate areas for men’s and women’s composting toilets, showers and large tubs for hand washing/rinsing clothes and gear.

The camping area is associated with, and just down the road from, the Maricao Vacation Recreation area. Campers can use the swimming pool at the vacation recreation area for an additional $2/person/day.

Parque Ecologico Monte del Estado

One thing to note is that there are picnic pavilions in the camping area that can be rented out by anyone (non-campers), and also short trails that lead to a lookout or observation point — so there will be other people (non-campers) around your campsite during the day. So make sure to protect any valuables you have with you. There is a gate at the entrance to the camping area that gets locked at night, but campers are given a key to the gate so they can come and go as needed.

If you are less into pitching a tent and more into renting a cabin, they also rent out 24 small cabins in the main vacation recreation area. They have a nice pool and other facilities there. These little cabins (with maximum capacity for 6 people) range from $65.40 to $71.00 per night. They are equipped with hot and cold water, refrigerator, stove top, beds and fireplace. You need to bring everything else (sheets, pillows, kitchen utensils, etc).

Parque Ecologico Monte del Estado

Details

The cost of a campsite is based on the size of your tent and the number of people that will be camping. A small tent (about 9’x9′) with up to 3 people is $15/night. A medium tent (about 11’x11′) with up to 6 people is $30/night. Any arrangement of tents with a maximum of 12 people is $55/night. Campers or anyone can use the swimming pool for an additional $2/person/day.

You can check-in for camping from 12noon to 3:30pm. Check-out is before 12noon. You have to register at the office in the main vacation recreation center. Camping is available 365 days/year, though the office is closed on some holidays.

There is a 2-night minimum for camping. During high season, there is a 7-night maximum. During low season, there is a 4-week maximum.

Remember, this camping area is up in the mountains. It can be cool there, even in August. When we were there in early August, it was about 75°F mid-day.

You need to check-in at the front desk of the vacation recreation area (which is at KM 13.2) from 12n – 3:30pm with your approved permit. After registering, for campsites-you drive up to the campsites that are just down the road at KM 13.8.

The Parque Ecológico Monte del Estado Area de Acampar is located on Carr 120, KM 13.2 in Maricao.

The phone numbers are (787)873-5652 and (787)873-5632. or try 787-999-2200 Centro Vacacional Monte del Estado, Maricao – ext. 3440, 3441. The people we spoke with in this office did not speak English, so calling for reservations may be difficult for non-Spanish speaker. In that case, you might want to try calling the reservation office in San Juan at 787-999-2200: ext. 4569, 4570, 4572 or 4575 . You can ask for the paperwork (called "solicitud de area de acampar") which you can fill out, and mail or fax back to them. Or just fill out this Application for Camping Form and send it in.

The actual office building to go and get a permit are located in Edificio Carretera 8838 Km 6.3, Sector El Cinco, Rio Piedras

Click on a placename below to view the location on Google Maps ...

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