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.

What’s Happening? May 2022

May is a the beginning of “summer” (defined as months without an “R” in their name) here on the island, so things really start to heat up, and it is the beginning of “beach weather”. Schools let out for the summer in May (well, actually June 1st this year due to a late start thanks to COVID!), locals head to the beaches, and the action really picks up! Expect fun family activities, lots of plant sales (especially for Mother’s Day), food & drink fests, and dancing & music events.

While there is almost always something interesting happening somewhere in Puerto Rico, there are a few special events each month that deserve a mention. Here are some highlights for May 2022.

May Events

May 18 to 22: Festival of Orchids (Orquídeas)

The Society of Orquideas de Mayagüez will be holding their show and sale at the Mayagüez Mall, during regular mall hours. Visit the Sociedad de Orquidistas de Mayagüez Facebook page for more info.

May 6: Vega Baja Gastronómico

A food/music event, dedicated to Mothers this month. Starting at 6pm, at the Plaza de Recreo José Francisco Náter in Vega Baja. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

May 12 to 15: 35th Festival Tierra Adentro (Agricultural and Craft Fest)

Come to an fun and educational agricultural event, it will have free seminars, exhibits/exhibitions, artisans, plant sales, music and more! At the UPR Utuado campus, around the Department of Agricultural Technology building. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

May 21:Le Diner en Blanc PR

The most elegant picnic returns to PR! This worldwide event is an “invitation only ” event, at a secret location, with attendants all dressed in white. If you want to attend and have never been to one before, you can register on a waiting list (asap!) and see if you get invited. Visit the their web site for more information.

May Events

May 27 to 29: Festival Del Chapín (Trunkfish) in Naguabo

The Chapín (trunkfish) Festival is a yummy seafood event along the beautiful malecon. All sorts of local food favorites, many featuring Chapin. There will be live music and fun entertainment for the whole family. Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday from 12noon – 10pm at the malecon (waterfront sidewalk).

May 28: Taste of Rum

One of the biggest rum festivals in the world, where you can taste more than 12 different locally made rums brands! There is live music, rum education events (with tastings!), artisan sales, food sales and more! A delicious and fun evening! At the Bahia Urbana Pier 6 in Old San Juan. Check their web site for details and tickets.

May 28: El Mojito fest

A night of fun, music, food and Mojitos! More than 40 restaurants and the great bartenders making their best food and mojitos for your enjoyment! Plus live music! All Included in price. Starts at 8pm at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. Tickets on sale online at PRticket.com. Check the Facebook page for details.

May 28: BBQ Grilling Wars

More than 30 of the best smoking & grilling teams, doing their thing for your enjoyment (and the competition!). And to help you enjoy this yumminess more, there will be live music too. Get your entrance ticket, then you can buy the BBQ and drinks for a small fee. From 4pm at Plaza de la Independencia – (which is the Plaza between Hiram Bithorn and the Coliseo Roberto Clemente), Hato Rey, in San Juan. Check the Facebook page for details and ticket info.

Other Events

This is just a small subset of activities occurring this month. As always, be sure to check our events calendar, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for other events happening this month and throughout the year all across the island.

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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