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.

Get Wild at the Mayaguez Zoo

1/21- The zoo is NOT yet OPEN. They are working on restoring the zoo and reopening hopefully sometime this year!

Elephant at the Mayaguez Zoo

If you enjoy animals and are in the Mayaguez area, you might consider spending a few hours at the Mayaguez Zoo. Formally, this little zoo is called the "Parque Nacional Zoologico de Puerto Rico Dr. Juan A. Rivero" (or the Dr. Juan A. Rivero National Zoological Park of Puerto Rico). Wow! That’s a long name for a little zoo! Though this zoo doesn’t house a large number of animals, it does have a pretty good collection of different types of animals – from zebras to hippos, monkeys to giraffes, lions & tigers and a bear, and the obligatory elephant.

We went there for the first time about 15 years ago, and it was a pathetic place. Only a few animals, housed in small cages and the conditions didn’t look very good. We returned there in early 2008 and found that it has been renovated, and now the animals have more room to move around. Also, the facilities and grounds look well-maintained overall. In addition to the animals, there are a number of nice plantings, with some named plants and orchids on display. It is a fun way to spend a few hours among animals and tropical plants.

Tiger at the Mayaguez Zoo

When you pay to park, they will give you a map of the zoo. Everything (the map and the info signs at each area) is in both English and Spanish. The zoo has paved paths (so it is handicap accessible). There are animal enclosures all over, so you don’t have to walk far to get from animal to animal. The zoo has animals from around the world, with a good representation from the African continent – zebra, elephants, rhinos and lions. We shot a great video of a lioness freaking out at a young child (there’s safety glass between them). It reminds you that, even though they usually look bored and complacent, zoo animals are not your typical domesticated huggable animals. They really are wild!

There are also 3 special areas: the aviary, the arthropod & butterfly house, and the amphibian & reptile house. These are buildings that have a limited capacity, so admission to these displays are monitored, and your walk through is sometimes guided by a zoo representative. But be aware, they are closed (for lunch) from about 11:30am to 1:30pm.

Of these 3 areas, my favorite was the walk-through part of the aviary – it has a large netted area, with lots of parrots and colorful birds that were flying all around. The other part of the aviary had many other types of birds in cages, such as golden & bald eagles, and owls.

Butterfly at the Mayaguez Zoo

The "Mariposario" is the Butterfly House. It is connected to the arthropod museum. You walk through the butterfly area – a large netted area full of flowers with butterflies flying all around. These were mostly Monarchs, with a few other types. This is a guided walk through, with the guide explaining the life cycle of the butterflies and the food they eat. They had a lab area, were they raise butterflies from eggs, then larvae to adult butterflies. They even let us hold a larvae of a moth – it was about 3 inches long and green, yellow and black striped. Pretty, but kind of gross!

After walking through the Butterfly House, you continue into the Arthropod museum. In here they have all those disgusting bugs (luckily in cages or behind glass) that you hope to never encounter face-to-face: spiders, centipedes, ants, and cockroaches, among other things. It was geared toward children, so they can learn about the lives and life cycles of these critters. It was a well-done museum, just (obviously) not my thing!

The other building is the Amphibian & Reptile Center. This is a small building of about 10 cages with snakes and lizards in them. They did have some of the local reptiles – like the Puerto Rico Anole and the Puerto Rican Boa Constrictor.

Mayaguez Zoo Map

It takes about 2 to 3 hours to see the whole zoo, there are a snack bars that sells fruit ices and ice cream.

Details

All admission prices include the audio guide. The admission is $13.00 for adults and kids 12 years and up, $8.00 for ages 5-11 years old. Kids under 4 years old are free. Reduced rate for seniors with id. Parking is $3.00 for cars and $4.00 for mini-vans.

Audio guides of the zoo are available in either Spanish or English. And they have a different version for adults and children.

The zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8:30am until 5:00pm.

Allow 2 – 3 hours to see the zoo. Remember that some of the displays (butterflies, aviary, etc.) are closed for 2 hours around lunch time (11:30 am -1:30 pm).

You can call 787-834-8110 for more information or check out their website.

Take Route 2 to Mayageuz. Then take the Route 2 Spur right by the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Mayaguez Campus (RUM). You’ll see signs for that. That will lead you to Route 65, which you’ll be on briefly. Then turn left onto Route 108 and follow it past the University. Then look for the sign telling you to turn right for the Zoo. Make the turn, and follow this road maybe a mile or 2 until you see the zoo on your right. After you go in and pay for parking, continue through the parking area, past the buildings (these are administrative offices, not the entrance). The main entrance is to the far right.

Drive time from the San Juan area is 2.5 to 3 hours.

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