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.

Suprising Discoveries at Julio Enrique Monagas Park

This park has reopened ! For walking, climbing, biking etc

Recently, we found a hidden gem in Bayamon — Julio Enrique Monagas Park. I amazes me that we didn’t know about this cool place until recently. This park is located just a few minutes outside of San Juan, and it offers both a unique nature respite for families, and amazing adventure opportunities.

It is a great place for bird watching, walking trails, picnics and playground fun, and just enjoying a little time out of the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan area, without having to go far. For the more active person, it also has bike (MTB) trails and lots of karst (limestone) rock walls, perfect for rock climbing.

Julio Enrique Monagas Park

The Julio Enrique Monagas Urban Park (Parque Julio Enrique Monagas Urbano) in Bayamon is a 200-acre nature area that was been set aside in 1993 to conserve the forest and provide a natural area for people to enjoy.

It is managed by Puerto Rico’s National Parks Department (Compañía de Parques Nacionales de Puerto Rico), but it is really the group called Centro Ambiental Santa Ana that keeps it alive. The centro provides educational programs for local schools and groups to study, appreciate and learn about conserving the environment.

Our Visit

Julio Enrique Monagas Park

We happened upon this park while going to an plant swap in the spring. Our plant meeting was in the parking lot. But a quick survey beyond the parking area revealed picnic tables, covered picnic pavilions, children’s playground equipment, restrooms, and some families enjoying the day in the park.

We also saw LOADS of people on mountain bikes (MTB), and others carrying rock-climbing equipment. We knew that we needed to explore!

Julio Enrique Monagas Park

So after our plant meeting, we talked to some of the MTB guys to get the lay of the land, and we set out on an exploratory walk.

Our route took us up the hill from the parking lot, then onto the wide path to the right. Here we passed all sorts of old military bunkers (there are 78 Quonset hut bunkers set into the earth in this park). As it turns out, Fort Buchanan (which borders the park on the east side) used to use these bunkers for ammunition and equipment storage. A few of them have been restored, air conditioned, and converted into a conference rooms. The remainder are in disrepair.

Julio Enrique Monagas Park

We continued up, went to the left at the tee, then followed road to the right. We eventually got to a wooden lookout tower that offered a great view of the metropolitan area, and Old San Juan. We had nice (distant) views of El Morro, cruise ships in port, and the Bacardi Factory in Cataño.

We spoke with a number of of the MTB guys, and they say this park offers one of the best "single track" system of MTB forest trails in Puerto Rico. There are loads of short trails that inter-weave through the forest. Hills, rocks, and exposed tree roots make the trails challenging and fun.

Julio Enrique Monagas Park

After the lookout tower, we set off to find the rock climbers. This rocky area is beautiful and watching the guys climb was really cool.

Some info for climbers — The area is known as Bayamon II. It has loads of anchors in the cliff side, and they say there are more than 100 routes that you can take, ranging from beginner to expert. The guys we watched/talked to were rock climbing instructors, and they said it was a great place to do it. We know of a few rock climbing excursion companies that use this area.

We took just a few minutes to walk around, and there were all sorts of little caves and beautiful formations in the limestone walls. This whole park deserves another trip to explore further. There were a few other walking routes we could have taken. We also may try our hand at rock climbing and rappelling!

The Puerto Rico Mounted Police and K9 Units have stations (and stables) at this park. There is a horse-riding ring on the road that leads to the police station. The day we were there, a local horse club was having a juniors’ jumping competition that we watched for a little while.

Details

Julio Enrique Monagas Park

Entrance and parking $3 for cars, $4 for SUV and trucks.

Open Wed-Sun during daylight hours. Occasionally, they have night-time activities at the park.

If you are going to the park to walk/hike, wear sturdy shoes or hiking sandals (like Keens or Tevas), and take plenty of water.

There is some information on the Parques Nacionales web site

For info about reserving picnic pavilions or using the horse riding ring, call (787)269-6600.

For information for educational seminars and other learning opportunities, and possible guided nature tours (best for groups) call (787)740-4200 . They also have an air conditioned areas for rent for parties or group conferences.

Julio Enrique Monagas Park

For Rock Climbing and Rappelling

The park is a little difficult to find, it is tucked away behind an industrial area in Bayamon. The entrance on Route 28 KM 4.2, just east of the Goya facility. There is a small sign on Route 28 where you turn, then you have to drive down the road a little bit past some fruit-packing businesses.

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